From Trash to Lush Treasure

From Trash to Lush Treasure

By: Lee Boyland What is the largest park in New York? If you guessed Central Park, you are wrong! There is a revitalized park in town – known as Freshkills Park on Staten Island, and covers over 2,200 acres. If you haven’t heard of this park, it’s probably because it just withstood an amazing transformation from the notorious Freshkills landfill it once was. Freshkills landfill previously consisted of several large mounds of trash, and these mounds are being sealed and covered with soil. The transformation of the former landfill into a lush, rugged thriving park is not without reminders of its past, but for the good. Due to the large amount of trash underground, methane gas is always produced, which is captured and sold as a residential heat source! For more information, check out this article on Freshkills Park What inspiring makeovers have you seen in your community?

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