Stormwater Low Impact Development Design for Schmul Park on Staten Island
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p>The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) identified the 2.5-acre Schmul Park on Staten Island for redevelopment into a state-of- the-art neighborhood recreational park, part of the overall redevelopment of the Fresh Kills Landfill as a 21st Century recreational resource for the citizens of New York. DPR, through their lead Master Planning firm, Field Operations, Inc., retained Geosyntec to design Schmul Park with an eye towards innovative, forward-thinking low impact development (LID) designs to minimize stormwater impacts to the surrounding environment. The plan is to convert the current aging asphalt-dominated park into a new playground including a spray park, porous handball and basketball courts, porous walkways, a rain garden, and new open green spaces.

Geosyntec's Scope of Services

Specifically, Geosyntec has developed detailed stormwater designs incorporating LID features for stormwater control. We completed a stormwater model to reflect current conditions, conceptual and final designs to meet state and local stormwater requirements for the project, and innovative approaches using LID techniques. We designed innovative surfaces such as porous concrete, FlexiPave ball courts, bioretention cells, etc., and developed a complete construction plan set. Geosyntec also completed wetland delineations and permit filings with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for this project.

Our designs will result in 100% capture and infiltration of most stormwater events. For example, we predict that our designs will result in the reduction of off-site flow by 88% during the 10-year (5.1 inch) precipitation event. Rainfall events of less intensity will be captured completely by the LID features and infiltrated. The results will improve conditions in the nearby receiving stream by reducing flood flows during and following rainfall events and by providing a more natural base flow to the receiving water throughout the year. This stormwater system attempts to mimic the pre-development hydrology prior to the land disturbance from the creation of the former park.

Notable Accomplishments

Geosyntec is part of a multi-disciplinary team of planners and designers that is currently developing a new Master Plan for redevelopment of the Fresh Kills Landfill. Schmul Park is the first completed design and construction project for the planned recreational improvements to the landfill. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction by stating, "When construction is finished in the fall of 2011, Schmul Park will serve as a stunning gateway to the larger park we're creating at Fresh Kills," (Staten Island West Shore News). The $6.5 million Schmul Park officially opened to the public on October 4, 2012.

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Project Summary

  • Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Client: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Project Practice Areas: Contaminated Sites, Water and Natural Resources
  • Type of Facility: Closed Landfill
  • Services Provided: Stormwater Design; Infrastructure Evaluation; Green Low-Impact Stormwater Design
  • Type of Work: Stormwater Management
  • Governing Regulation: State Regulations