Uses & Activities

Interesting uses & destinations

Fort Worth, TX

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR

Uses are for tourists and residents

Swan Boats, Boston Common, Boston, MA

Battery Park City, New York, NY

Uses on water

Waterplace, Portland, OR

Ottawa, Ontario

Commercial & non-commercial uses

Bocce Courts, Albert Park, San Rafael, CA

Boat House, Central Park, New York, NY

Programs occur at water’s edge

Waterfront Amphitheatre, Zurich, Switzerland

Lake Como, Italy

Access & Linkages

Accessible from surrounding areas

8 ladies crossing the street, Sydney, Australia

Easy & pleasant to walk along

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

Has a good edge related to the water

Battery Park City, New York, NY

Cleveland, OH

Connected to transit by land & water

Bus Shelter, Christchurch, New Zealand

Water Taxi, Toronto, Ontario

Effective signage

South Street Seaport, New York, NY

Victoria, B.C.

Comfort & Image

Flower gardens

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens,
Brooklyn, NY

Boston Common, Boston, MA


Portland, OR

Central Park, New York, NY

A range of seating options

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France

Water Elements

Bethesda Fountain,
Central Park, New York, NY

Post Office Square, Boston, MA


Welcoming / Interactive / Neighborliness / Pride / Diversity / Stewardship

Tuileries, Paris, France

New Orleans, LA

What Makes a Great Waterfront Place? was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Project for Public Spaces