Pier A Park at Hoboken’s south waterfront.

(October 20, 2010)

In 1990, the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) came out with a plan for the Hoboken waterfront. The plan called for a continuous waterfront park along the water’s edge. The key to successfully executing this concept was to extend Hoboken’s public street grid, thus allowing Sinatra Drive, the eastmost street, to clearly demark the private upland development from the public riverfront park. Twenty years later, this October 21, the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy will recongize FBW for this vital contribution which has resulted in this stellar portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway at Hoboken’s south waterfront.

The Conservancy’s prestigious Design Award will be presented to FBW, its Executive Director, Ron Hine and landscape architects Cassandra Wilday and Henry Arnold for the design of Pier A Park and the riverfront promenade from the Hoboken Terminal to Fourth Street in Hoboken. There will be a cocktail reception for this program, entitled, “Building the Hudson River Walkway: Making it Happen” at the Liberty House Restaurant on Audrey Zapp Drive in Liberty State Park beginning at 6:30 P.M. The price of admission is $65.

Formed in 1988, the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy is a non-profit organization overseeing the creation of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and providing a “stewardship partner” to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in pursuing the development and maintenance of the walkway, which is a state mandated 30-foot wide pathway along the water’s edge and dedicated to public use. When completed, it will run 18.5 miles from the tip of Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge.

The Fund for a Better Waterfront is a nonprofit organization created in 1991 to expand the walkway into a public park from one end of Hoboken to the other. Its mission is now 80% complete.

At this event, Sam Pesin, President of Friends of Liberty State Park, will be the recipient of the Citizen Activist Award. Additional awards will be given to Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, Hudson County Planning Director Stephen Marks, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Carl Goldberg, President of Roseland Properties..

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