Learning From Brooklyn Bridge Park – a forum


When:  Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:00PM
WhereThe Saturn Club; 977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14209

We have an unprecedented opportunity to do something outstanding with our waterfront. Our region boasts the largest undeveloped urban waterfront in the Northeast. If it’s planned properly, it can be transformational for Buffalo and WNY. We want to preserve and protect it for public access for us and for future generations . . . but, most of all, we want to use it as part of a formula to retain and recruit dynamic young people to our city.

Significant accessible waterfront is an engine for economic growth as well as retaining recruiting dynamic talent in the region. We have an opportunity to connect the city, the park system and the Niagara River Greenway to Lake Erie to create the most dramatic waterfront in the country.

This region deserve public access to its most valuable resource.

Moderator:  Sam Magavern is a writer and public interest lawyer, currently serving as co- director of the Partnership for the Public Good as well as a professor at University of Buffalo Law School.  

Witty Joanne Witty
is currently a director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. She has served in NYC and state government. Ms. Witty practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton and was a Resident Counsel at The Ford Foundation. Ms.Witty has been a long-time environmental activist, serving for many years on the Board of the national League of Conservation Voters (where she was Vice Chairman) and now on the Board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund. She is a central figure in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, as President of the local development corporation that created the Master Plan, as a Director of the New York State agency that began construction of the Park, and now as a Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation that will complete construction and operate the Park.

Urbanski_headshot-2 Matthew Urbanski
is a principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates where he has worked for over two decades. He has planned and designed landscapes in the United States, Canada, and France, including waterfronts, parks, college campuses, sculpture gardens, and private gardens. Collaborating with Michael Van Valkenburgh, he was a lead designer of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, Segment 5 of Hudson River Park in NYC, Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, and Teardrop Park in NYC.

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