Four Rivers Waterfront Access Plan

Broome County, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Blueways and Greenways
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Market Analysis
  • Public Involvement
  • Waterfronts

OVERVIEW

In ancient times, Native American tribes settled the area now known as Broome County. They used the area’s extensive river system as their highways. After the arrival of Europeans, the area became a hub in the network of canals that included the Erie Canal. Later, the railroad system displaced the rivers and canals and the communities turned their backs on the Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna and Tioughnioga (say “tie-UFF-nee-oga”) rivers.
The rivers are now recognized for the economic development potential they possess. The Four Rivers Waterfront Access Plan is designed to help the 22 cooperating communities implement their shared vision for a public blueway, economic development and environmental stewardship along the waterways. The plan promotes features such as new access points, observations areas and fishing piers to integrate with the existing network of attractions to create continuous access, stimulate the economy and draw residents and visitors to enjoy the water.

AWARDS

2011 Honor Award of Excellence - Planning & Analysis, NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

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