Concept Plan / Road Map
for the Rockland Downtown Waterfront
The Downtown Waterfront Advisory Committee hosted a Community Conversation about a draft Concept Plan for the parks and piers on Rockland’s Downtown Waterfront on May 5th. The event included an overview of the Committee’s planning process, their related goals and objectives, and a facilitated discussion of the draft conceptual site design and its components. The Concept Plan has been updated to reflect the input we have received to date. The Concept Plan will be further refined as details are worked out during preliminary design.
Draft Road Map
Following the workshop with the community, the project team has been working closely with the Downtown Waterfront Committee as well as festival stakeholders and key abutters to finalize the concept plan, which forms the basis of the road map. The committee is meeting on June 28th to review the draft road map, which includes the identified project components and budgets related to the concept plan. Following this meeting, the report will be refined and presented to the Council next month.
Check out the links below for more information
Join the effort to plan the Rockland Downtown Waterfront!
The City of Rockland is fortunate to have an amazing portfolio of municipally-owed properties on the downtown waterfront. The properties include Harbor Park, Buoy Park, the Public Landing, Middle Pier and provide an estimated 1,000 feet of publicly-owned shoreline.
This project will develop a shared community vision for these municipally-owned properties and a practical, phased approach for achieving it. The project will build on goals and objectives included in the recently approved Harbor Management Plan, and consider the work of past committees that advanced potential visions for Harbor Park.
For example, would the community like to see the Boardwalk extend not just to the edge of the City’s property, but across City properties? Should we be moving the Harbormaster’s building out of the flood zone? How can we plan for the age-related improvements that are needed for our piers, and improve their ability to withstand storm surges and sea level rise?
Please join the initiative to develop a shared community vision and implementation plan for these spaces. Once we have a clear idea of what the community wants, we can apply for grants and other funding to help make it happen.
Tues., May 24, 4-6pm
The project committee will be meeting to review the input from the "community conversation" held on May 5. As always, anyone is welcome to sit in on the discussion. Click on the Zoom link above.
Meetings & Outreach
Summary of meetings to date
The project team has met with the project committee regularly since the project kicked off on May 25. Currently, the working group is meeting with identified stakeholders, such as festival / event organizers and boaters, to gain an understanding of uses and needs related to the waterfront facilities. See our participation page for more information.
Anyone from the community can attend the committee meetings. See the "Contact" page if you would like to get in touch with us.
The results are in
The community survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. We had 462 responses which exceeded our goals for a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error. Go to the Survey Results page for a summary of the responses.