Public park and wildlife sanctuary comes to Staten Island’s Freshkills, formerly the world’s largest landfill

Mayor Eric Adams joined a slew of elected officials on Staten Island on Oct. 15 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the North Park section of Freshkills Park, the dumping ground for New Yorker’s residential garbage from 1948-2001.

A bi-partisan effort turned the space — once the largest landfill in the world, visible from space — into 2,200 acres of urban parkland, making it three times larger than Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years.