An article in the New York Times highlights the protection that the part-completed Fresh Kills Park provided to New York during Hurricane Sandy attack

Fresh Kills Park acted as buffer from Hurricane Sandy

In the article, Michael Kimmelman wrote: ‘During Hurricane Sandy, the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island absorbed a critical part of the storm surge. Its hills and waterways spared nearby neighborhoods like Travis, Bulls Head, New Springville and Arden Heights much worse flooding. The 2,200-acre site, which closed a decade ago and is being turned into a park, was also temporarily reopened as a transfer station, helping officials and relief agencies clear debris from around the city.

‘If many New Yorkers, Staten Islanders included, still can’t help thinking of the place as a mountain range of stinking trash, that’s understandable. But since its closing, Fresh Kills has become a model for landfill reclamation around the world, having been transformed into a vast green space full of wildlife. Now it is also demonstrating the role of wetland buffers in battling rising waters.’

James Corner Field Operations is undertaking the project to turn the area from a stinking eyesore into a green oasis in the heart of the city. It is hoped that the first section of the park will open to the public in about three years. The site’s role as a storm buffer should advance the course of similar projects around the world.

The New York Times article was hightlight in The Dirt, the newsletter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


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