NYC Parks Department Launches ‘Discovery Week’ ~ a Virtual Exploration in Freshkills Park




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Freshkills Park will host its first-ever Discovery Week, offering park enthusiasts a chance to virtually explore the park’s spectacular views and unique landscape from home. Experience the landfill-to-park project’s ambitious transformation and enjoy FREE activities, tours, and educational and recreational programming.

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Gain unprecedented access to the landfill-to-park project via free tours, activities, and much more. Follow along during a kayaking adventure across Main Creek or catch a glimpse of the park’s wildlife on a live nature walk. Enjoy virtual projects inspired by natural and engineered landscapes or tune into our virtual STEAM Activity Fair to learn about how parks are created.

Here are a few of the highlights on the Virtual Tour.

  • North Park Phase 1 Construction Virtual Tour, Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m.  Gain special access to the construction of the arc path and bird tower.

  • Plein-Air Virtual Art Exercises, Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m.  Join artist James Powers for landscape drawing exercises on North Mound.

  • Live Bird Walk with Cliff Hagen, Wednesday, June 24 at 2 p.m.  Catch a glimpse of the thriving range of birds and animals that call Freshkills Park home.

  • STEAM Activity Fair, Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m.  Learn about the roles that ecology, engineering, design, and social sciences play to solve 21st Century challenges.

  • Virtual Kayak Tour, Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m.  Adventure through Main Creek and take in the breathtaking views while someone else paddles.

For the complete schedule of events, visit

Check out the Freshkills Park Landfill-to-Park Timeline.

Discovery Week: Explore Freshkills Park from Home will be available from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 2020.

Attendee at Fastnet Plein-air. Image via

Let’s take a look-back at Fastnet: Plein-Air Drawing at Freshkills Park, which was an exhibition of plain-air drawings and ink studies on view at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery last summer.