Waterfront Financing and Governing

Financing and Governing a 21st Century Harbor:
Exploring funding and governance for public waterfront parks, open spaces, boating and public access

The success of the waterfront will come down to funding for parks, infrastructure, and recreational waterfront improvements. While parks, piers, docks, and greenways are replacing deteriorating maritime infrastructure and revitalizing the shoreline, funding sources for capital improvements and funding to cover ongoing maintenance and operation costs are not clear. This panel will explore methods of funding the waterfront, governance models, and processes needed to ensure funding is distributed equitably.

To download a copy of the presentations for the Waterfront Financing and Governing panel, click on this link: Waterfront Financing and Governing Panel Presentations


Robert Pirani, Vice President for Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association and Executive Director, Governors Island Alliance


  • Holly Leicht, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks
  • Chris Rizzo, Counsel, Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP
  • Senator Daniel Squadron, New York State Senate
  • Jamie Torres Springer, Partner, HR&A Advisors

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