UNRI Webcast, March 31st – The Restoration of Freshkills Park, NYC

“The Restoration of Freshkills from Landfill to Park: Setting a Research Agenda” will feature the creation of Freshkills Park in New York City.  At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years, and the largest conversion of a former landfill to a public park in the country. Along with this massive scale for an urban park comes a massive opportunity to shape New York City’s landscape by reconsidering what a 21st century park is. To complement the site’s provision of ecological and recreational resources, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is currently searching for colleagues and partners to help focus a research and development agenda that will take advantage of the site’s potential as a long-term research and educational site.

Fresh Kills faces many of the same issues as other brownfield and landfill sites around the country: contamination, poor drainage, historic fill, invasive species. And like those sites, it could benefit from advances in understanding phytoremediation, reforestation, habitat restoration and clean soil production. In the interest of refining and targeting such investigations toward funding opportunities, we are starting to brainstorm about a research and development agenda for Freshkills Park. We have an extraordinary, massive and secure site, and we believe this creates an opportunity for something quite remarkable.

This timely and very important webcast will feature Erika Svendsen and Lindsay Campbell, US Forest Service, NYC Urban Field Station with Eloise Hirsh, Freshkills Park Administrator and Carrie Grassi, Land Use Review & Outreach Manager, who will outline Freshkills Park in New York City.

The webcast session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st at 1:00 PM (Eastern). The web connection and telephone dial up details follow here.

March 31st Internet Log-in and Telephone Dial-up Details

  • Telephone dial-up: Call Toll-Free Number: 1-888-972-9338
  • Audience Passcode: DBLONIARZ
  • Internet login: Navigate to
  • Conference Number: PW5915335
  • Audience Passcode: DBLONIARZ
  • Please note: Telephone and internet connections are available beginning 15 minutes to the start of the call.
  • Important: Please check your browser’s compatibility prior to the webcast by clicking here and then choosing “Check Your Browser” from the NetMeeting page. You will then be ready to join the conference on the day of the presentation.
  • All webcasts last approximately 55 minutes.
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