01 May 2023

Urban Land Institute case study with Nassauhaven and Heliport

The Urban Land Institute released a study on waterfront parks where Nassauhaven and Heliport are included.

Parks that protect highlights pioneering waterfront park projects designed to protect their neighborhoods from climate threats while improving residents' health and quality of life. In communities around the world, waterfront parks are ground zero in the fight against climate change and an important part of building resilient, healthy and just cities for the future.

Practical examples include:

  • Cramer Hill Waterfront Park (Camden, New Jersey)
  • Detroit Riverfront (Detroit, Michigan)
  • India Basin Waterfront Park (San Francisco, California)
  • Jurong Lake Gardens (Singapore)
  • Langone Park and Puopolo Playground (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Nassauhaven and Heliport (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Narrow Riverfront Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Leaders in both the public and private sectors are key stakeholders and partners in efforts to ensure equitable planning, policy making and investment in parks. Waterfront parks can help address long-standing disparities in park distribution while supporting resilience, health and access to opportunity for all residents.

These case studies provide valuable insights for city officials, developers and non-profit partners working to create resilient waterfront parks in their own communities. While the details differ between the parks described in the report, several overarching lessons can be learned from these innovative efforts. These lessons include

  • Base decisions on climate-smart data;
  • Design for the future;
  • Invest in cities and neighborhoods in a fair way;
  • Leverage the community as co-creators and park managers;
  • Embrace nature;
  • Make every dollar multitask;
  • Bringing together diverse public and private partners to plan, finance and manage parks; and
  • Learn from past experience to budget accurately.

While urban waterfronts can increase the challenges of climate change for their communities, they can also be important parts of the solution. With thoughtful planning and design, waterfront parks can provide a host of health and environmental benefits while protecting the neighborhoods around them from rising water, flooding and other climate impacts.

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