3/1/13

Eco-Dock to Open this Summer

According to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the Bay Ridge Eco-Dock will open this summer at the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.

The dock will be built by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation  as a gateway to on-water access.

The MWA invites the Bay Ridge community to get involved in planning program activities at the dock.

Ideas already in play include:
  • historic and educational boat trips for summer camps and community groups;
  • walk-up kayaking events for experienced paddlers;
  • community events such as City of Water Day boat tours;
  • environmental education projects such as water quality monitoring and oyster gardening; and
  • boat trips and cruises.
Summer camps, local businesses and restaurants, boat operators, kayakers and boathouses, teachers and educators are welcome to join the process.

The dock could become a great new resource for groups offering youth education, on-water recreation, cultural tourism, waterway stewardship and protection, local economic development and maritime heritage.

For more information about events and community use of the dock -- or to share your ideas, please contact Becky Schneider at bschneider@waterfrontalliance.org or 212-935-9831 ext. 107 or click here

For more background about the Eco-Dock, click here.

Funding for the dock came from Councilmember Vinnie Gentile, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and the NYS Department of State through Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Although Brooklyn Bridge Park opened an eco-dock on June 7, Bay Ridge is still waiting.

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