Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Dump goes into Phase One

Freshkills Park, the former home of our namesake, is hosting a presentation Wednesday night on "Phase 1" of their design.

What does this mean?

Well, basically they want to turn the Dump a huge swank-ass park.

Here's what the Parks Dept. website says about the first section of Freshkills to be transformed into pristine park land, perhaps coincidentally named "South Park:"
"South Park, envisioned to be a center for active recreation, is bordered by Arthur Kill Road to the south, the West Shore Expressway to the west, and Richmond Creek to the north and east. The first phase of its development will offer softball fields, hiking and biking paths, play areas, a parking lot and flexible event spaces. This phase will also be the first project allowing public access to the top of one of the mounds, with its expansive views of Staten Island and beyond."
Sounds great. You can follow all this fun development news and other exciting urban renewal plans at the Freshkills Park Blog.

If you'd like to attend the meeting to see the new digs it will be:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road, Staten

So what do you think? Can they do it? Will the former landfill be beautiful parkland for our children, and children's children to frolic and play? Or is Molinaro and the Parks Dept. blowing smoke up the Island's collective arse?

1 comment:

  1. I know so many people on both sides here and I can't help but think the whole concept is absurd. It is a toxic dump!! My father was once on a panel in the decision making process and was gusto about the proposition of putting up wind mills, which would have made so much sense and put us in a much more progressive position...but nope, people thought that despite the benefits, wind mills would be an eye-sore. WTF? As if the entire strip of Richmond avenue ISN'T already? dumb.dumb.dumb.