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City of Water Day: Four Freedoms Park Conservancy & Freshkills Alliance

Celebrate NYC's incredible waterfront at this annual citywide harbor festival in partnership with Waterfront Alliance!

This year, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and the Freshkills Park Alliance  will partner to offer the Freshkills Park Mobile Education Lab and activities at Four Freedoms Park from 11am-3pm. The Mobile Education Lab will host activities that explore NYC’s relationship with its shorelines and history of landfilling for development. For the main activity, UnCommon Pages, participants will make field notebooks out of Phragmities, an invasive plant, and learn how landfilling, and invasive plants continue to shape the waterways of New York City.

About Freshkills Park Alliance

The Freshkills Park Alliance is the not-for-profit partner with the City of New York in its work to develop Freshkills Park. The Alliance helps ensure the Park’s evolution and continuing operation by raising necessary financial resources, promoting environmental research and ecological restoration, engaging advocates and volunteers, and sponsoring a broad range of recreational, cultural, and educational programs for the public.

The Freshkills Park Alliance supports the transformation of the Fresh Kills Landfill into an extraordinary 2,200 acre urban park that will be a model for sustainable waterfront land reclamation, a source of pride for Staten Island and New York City, and a gift of open space for generations to come.

About City of Water Day

City of Water Day—now in its eleventh year—is a free annual festival organized by the Waterfront Alliance to get people to, on, and in New York Harbor and its surrounding waterways.

This year’s main festival—presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation—will take place in the Seaport District, Pier 17, in Lower Manhattan. Attendees will experience the region’s largest harbor festival right where the great city we know today got its start! Look for the ship masts and nautical flags, and imagine the days of sailmakers and stevedores, when South Street was known as the Street of Ships. Today, our historic seaport is ready to welcome and connect New Yorkers and visitors alike to the waterfront and all it has to offer. This free waterfront festival will appeal to both kids and kids at heart with a full day of activities.

In addition, dozens of community groups and organizations will host their own City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood events in all five boroughs, Yonkers, and New Jersey in a grassroots movement to fully unlock access to waterfronts around the region. More than half of waterfront districts in New York City have only one or, worse, no places for people to touch the water. As we aspire to a healthy, accessible, and resilient harbor, we still have work to do!

Please note that City of Water Day—including boat tours—is held rain or shine! On-water activities will be postponed or suspended only in the case of thunder and lightning. 

Photos courtesy of NYC Parks. 

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