City of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Newburyport, MA
A plan for reconnecting Newburyport to its waterfront
Over the course of Newburyport’s 240-year history, incremental filling along the harbor’s edge had pushed the waterfront away from the heart of the community and limited public access. Emerging from a public process that brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders—including developers, land owners, and regulators—the Newburyport Waterfront Strategic Plan serves as a blueprint for reestablishing a strong link between the city and its harbor.
The plan resulted in:
- Extension of a two-mile Harborwalk to link neighborhoods to waterfront parks and downtown
- Establishment of the Clipper City Rail Trail, a one-mile multi-use path extending from Newburyport’s commuter rail station to the waterfront
- Creation of new waterfront parks and plazas featuring public art and sculptures
- Development of plans to extend the path network an additional 1.5 miles