It may be one of the largest examples of turning trash into treasure. Where there once was (and I guess technically, still is) a landfill is now a sprawling meadow – a nature preserve and soon-to-be recreation area with views of the city skyline. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park on Staten Island will be 3 times the size of Central Park. It’s not officially open to the public yet, but once a year the parks department opens the gates for a Sneak Peek. It’s a rare opportunity that should not be missed!
This year, there’s a market component to the event. I’ll be there selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions: plant-based body care, cleaning solutions, and herbal goodies. The event is free (as is much of the transportation, see below). There will be kayaking, hiking, walking tours, workshops, food trucks, and so much more. Oh, yes, and if you have any electronics that need disposing, there’ll be an e-waste drop-off in the parking lot. The details…
Sneak Peek at Freshkills Park
Sunday, October 2, 2011
11am to 4pm
How to get there (more info at nyc.gov/sneakpeak):
FREE WATER TAXI SERVICE and FREE SHUTTLE BUSES will operate regularly between the St. George Ferry Terminal and the event site.
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT Take S62 Bus to Victory Blvd and Glen St. Walk down Beresford Ave to Wild Ave.
BY BIKE Enter at the corner of Wild Ave and West Shore Expressway East Service Rd.
BY CAR Parking is available at Wild and Beresford Aves, near the Victory Blvd Exit of the West Shore Expressway and south of the Showplace Entertainment Center.
Pssst… Here’s a video I posted a couple of years ago when the park just began being developed.