Committee for an Open Waterfront - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
COW STEPS IN TO HELP MAKE A PLAN FOR OUR PARK
Newburyport residents have waited more than two long years for either the city or the NRA to respond to citizens’ overwhelming support for an open publicly-owned park on the city’s waterfront. But there has been no movement toward creating a plan for the park.
As time drags on, construction costs continue to rise and frustrations are also rising.
And so COW has decided to lend a helping hand to the process!
Through an imaginative and innovative process, COW has constructed a 3D model of the central waterfront. The model is designed to be a practical planning tool that is easy to use.
The base model shows the existing conditions but the ingenious part of the model is that the NRA East and West lots can be removed and alternative plans can be inserted.
COW has made east and west lot inserts of its own that show a revised version of COW’s 2013 vision for our waterfront park. The revision actually makes the park bigger than COW’s 2013 vision while still retaining a significant amount of parking.
COW is offering model insert "blanks" to groups who are interested in preparing their own ideas for the central waterfront. The City has offered to on display COW’s 3D model on the second floor of City Hall.
So…the planning tool is available. Now let’s get this park planning process moving! We have been waiting far too long.
More than a year ago the public explicitly told the NRA it wants a public park on the waterfront. And what has happened in the last year?
Watch and learn.
What is an Open Waterfront Park?
Why are so many cities turning their waterfront land into a park? Why should Newburyport create a park on its waterfront?
[Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”, arranged and performed by Craig Duncan from the album titled “The Country Mountain America”, generously provided by Green Hill Music www.greenhillmusic.com]