From the NY Times:
In a $200 million project, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection covered the Fountain Avenue Landfill and the neighboring Pennsylvania Avenue Landfill with a layer of plastic, then put down clean soil and planted 33,000 trees and shrubs at the two sites. The result is 400 acres of nature preserve, restoring native habitats that disappeared from New York City long ago.
The site is not yet open to the public. Indeed, it is still listed by the state as a toxic waste site. But the air is clear and fresh.
A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said the Fountain Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Landfills, currently listed as a “significant threat to the public health or environment,” could be reclassified by next spring as safe for public access, requiring only continued monitoring of their conditions.
So Bloomberg is taking a contaminated site and converting it into a passive use park and natural area, but then he is taking an ready-made natural area at the Ridgewood Reservoir and turning it into ballfields. Logic: lacking in the mind of the mayor.