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Planning boss takes waterfront plan to the classroom so kids can have say

Marisa Lago speaks to children at P.S. 306

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago attended a special waterfront planning and educational class at P.S. 306 in East New York, Brooklyn.

The event – done in conjunction with the non-profit youth development organization Brooklyn Boatworks and Council Member Inez Barron – is part of DCP’s public outreach for the next edition of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a report which will provide a vision for the city’s waterfront for the next decade and beyond.

“What a treat to visit P.S. 306 and learn from these young scholars sharing their knowledge and creativity. Their ideas about the waterfront that they will one day inherit is an essential part of our public outreach. Thanks to Brooklyn Boatworks, Council Member Barron, the P.S. 306 teachers and administrators, and most especially the students for their dedication and valuable contributions to the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan,” said DCP Director Lago.

The director met with a class of 5th graders who had worked together to create a collage poster that showed their vision for the future of the waterfront, sharing their concept with Director Lago, DCP staff, Brooklyn Boatworks and Council Member Barron.

Throughout January and February, DCP worked with 60 school children (5th to 8th graders in three classes in different schools) in the public participation process for the upcoming Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.

The other two participating schools were MS 88 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Growing Up Green LIC in Long Island City, Queens.

For these classes, DCP partnered with Brooklyn Boatworks, an educational youth development organization that uses boat building and on-water experiences to inspire young people to uncover the confidence, skills and courage to chart pathways to their own success in and outside of the classroom.

The Comprehensive Waterfront Plan is due out at the end of 2020.

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