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NYers asked to help plan waterfront

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago has invited every New Yorker to play a role in imagining how to make its 520 miles of waterfront work even better.

As a kick-off for the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the public is urged to participate in a free Waterfront Planning Camp on Governors Island, Saturday, August 17, for an afternoon of interactive activities where they can share ideas for the future of the waterfront. Hosted by the Trust for Governors Island, the event is co-sponsored by Works on Water, an arts organization that focuses on water in urban areas and ecological issues.

A variety of local events, planning workshops and online engagement opportunities will be unveiled in coming weeks on DCP’s web page to enable people to learn and take part in this important effort to address critical issues affecting the waterfront and the city, including climate change, public access and jobs.

“New Yorkers love their waterfront and we’re using it more than ever. To make this precious resource even more enjoyable, accessible and resilient, we’re going to the experts – New Yorkers themselves! We encourage your involvement to inform a plan for the city’s waterfront for decades to come,” said DCP Director Marisa Lago. “You can both help us plan and also have fun by coming on out to Waterfront Planning Camp!”

The Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, mandated by law to be updated every ten years, will be developed with extensive public input and released by the end of 2020. It aims to make New York City’s 520 miles of waterfront more accessible, active and resilient.

This plan will be the third such iteration and will provide a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond.

DCP is already soliciting ideas through an online survey aimed at finding out how people use the waterfront and how their experience could be improved. A public information campaign is currently running on LinkNYC kiosks as well as on DCP’s social media channels, directing visitors to nyc.gov/waterfrontplan.

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