Committee for an Open Waterfront - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
Newburyport's Waterfront Needs Your Help!
In last year's primary election, two thirds of voters voiced a resounding NO! to private develpment on the central waterfront. But public opinion has been dismissed before and it can be dissmissed again.
Despite the clear message given at election time, some still argue we need to privatize our public land in order to save it. That is not true.
The city can create the park the people want without raising taxes or selling out. And we have a vision for how that can be done.
We see a public park with cafés and shops on either side built on land already held by private developers. The park, funded through fees and grants, is a flexible, landscaped, open space that will serve the city's economy, the growth of our community and the health of the environment. (see details under COW's Plan)
It is the most important gift we can give today to future generations of our city.
Please join us in the effort to stand up to those who seek to put our public waterfront into private hands. Your help is urgently needed.
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?
The Consensus is In!
On Saturday, May 10 at Mayor Holaday's public meeting on the future of the Central Waterfront citizens worked together to create their visions for the NRA land.
ALL of the resulting presentations argued that:
-the land should be kept as open space.
-the land should stay in the public's hands. Many want the land held in trust.
-no permanent buildings other than a visitors' center should be considered. Many supported the idea of creating a visitors' center by reusing the existing building that was Mike's Sub Shop.
-open space is NOT passive. A multitude of ideas from farmers' markets to ice skating rinks to playgrounds were presented as ideas for creating a multiuse community space.
- strong concern was expressed over the pending construction of the enormous Harbormaster's Headquarters.
Let's hope the resounding rejection of private development and permanent commercial buildings on the central waterfront will be respected and we can now move ahead together to create the Waterfront Park Newburyport's citizens wish for.
[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]