UPPER MANHATTAN — Uptown water lovers are one step closer to having their own place to dock their kayaks and canoes on the Hudson River after a plan received funding from local officials this month.
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) plan for an "Eco Dock" — defined by the group as a floating dock that rise and fall with the tide — was bankrolled this month by local elected officials, clearing the way for its creation in 2013.
According to a spokeswoman for City Councilman Robert Jackson, his office has allocated $350,000 for the $700,000 project.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer contributed the remaining funds, according to a report by AN Blog. Stringer's office did not immediately respond to questions about the dock.
"Our idea is to open up neighborhoods that otherwise haven't had access to the water around them," Roland Lewis, the MWA's president and chief executive officer, told DNAinfo.com this winter when it was proposed.
The MWA was not immediately available for comment.
The dock would serve kayaks, canoes, sculls and larger vessels and "would bring hands-on environmental education to [nearby] schools and community" members, MWA officials said in January.