Hoboken’s waterfront walkway celebration
The 70s and 80s:
Setting the Stage for the Hudson River Walkway
The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hudson River Walkway at a cocktail reception on Thursday, October 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Liberty House restaurant inside Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne will receive an award as a primary implementer of the Hudson River Walkway while citizens from communities along the Hudson waterfront will be acclaimed for their activities in the 70s and 80s that prepared the way for the walkway.
Other awards will be given to John Weingart, formerly an Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection who formulated the legal mechanism that led to the creation of the Walkway. The Trust for Public Land will be honored for its role in creating the Conservancy, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the general public to the free, unobstructed access to the waterfront and its walkway. The current director of the TPL New Jersey Office, Anthony Cucchi will accept the award. A Certificate of Appreciation will be given to the Regional Plan Association for its 1966 publication, The Lower Hudson, which provided the professional planning for the concept of public access to the waterfront. Robert Pirani, Director of Environmental Programs at RPA NY will receive the award.
The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy was established in 1988 to work with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in pursuing the development and maintenance of the Hudson River waterfront walkway. The 30-foot-wide pathway is planned to run from the tip of Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge at the river’s edge. Almost three quarters of the Walkway has been constructed and is in use.