Raj Kottamasu, coordinator of the Freshkills Park Project, is driving towards reconditioning the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill into a fruitful and attractive city destination three times the size of Central Park. Kottamasu and his team strive to "get people into thinking about this site as a park" and less like a "symbol of environmental neglect and wastefulness." With construction already begun, Kottamasu hopes to open 70 of the 2,200 acres within the next two to three years. He adds, "There are a lot of landfills that have been converted into parks, historically and contemporarily. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was the Corona ash dumps, which were referenced in 'The Great Gatsby.'"
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