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Staten Island's Massive Freshkills Park Could Host a Future World's Fair

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One of the five proposals submitted to transform the area

A 2,200 acre park in Staten Island could be transformed into a site for a future World's Fair, DNAinfo reports. The city's Parks Department and the Staten Island Borough President James Oddo had put out a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) last year to transform the Freshkills, the borough's former landfill site.

The World's Fair proposal was one of five submissions the RFEI received and includes plans to create a gondola that would connect different parts of the park, a better ferry system, and the creation of a light rail that would connect to New Jersey.

The other proposals included plans to build horse stables and riding trails, an indoor sports center, and a five-acre farm along with a farmer's market and a restaurant.

The World's Fair proposal would take up almost all of the park whereas the other proposals are for smaller sections of the space.

Freshkills Park won't fully open to the public until 2025, and the opening will take place in several phases. When complete it will be three times bigger than Central Park. Some of the outer sections of the Park have already been developed and progress on other projects can be found on the Park's website.