Committee for an Open Waterfront - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

The Time has Come

As we say good-bye to summer, we know that the waterfront will grow quieter on weekends but quiet does not mean dead.

While some argue that the activities that make a waterfront “active” are eating, drinking and shopping, the majority of residents here recognize the true value of open, green space as a place for recreation, building community and enjoying the peaceful beauty of our setting on the water all year long.

Last May at the Mayor’s public charette, everyone who cares about the city’s central waterfront land had a chance to speak.  And there is not a glimmer of doubt about the message that came from that open forum:

Keep commercial buildings off our public waterfront!

And now, we hope that the minority of people who wished to add places to eat, drink and shop to the public waterfront can finally accept the wishes of the majority and that the “red herring” stating revenue is a problem (disproven by cities across the country) will be laid to rest. 

 The time has come to move on to building the park the public has decidedly and undeniably asked for.   

 We stand ready to help.  




 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? 


Waterfront News:


After a period of silence, the city and the NRA began talking about the public waterfront once again at a meeting on September 30.

A stunning moment came when COW’s plan was presented as one option for the future of the central waterfront. It is gratifying to see that the opinion of the majority of residents in support of an open public waterfront is no longer being ignored by City Hall!

In other news, New England Development’s plans for a new waterfront hotel have emerged. The hotel will be built on NED land between the Black Cow and Michael’s Harborside.

The commercial, private development projects surrounding the public land are moving in, making it even more obvious that the last remaining 4.2 acres of public waterfront MUST stay free and clear and open entirely to everyone. 

The action is heating up!  Stay Tuned!


[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]

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