Public Water Access Plan

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The City of Annapolis, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Office and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe Center, is in the beginning phases of creating Annapolis' first ever citywide Public Water Access Plan. The plan is a recommendation borne out of the Maritime Task Force conducted in 2021.

The main intent of the plan is to identify key actions to establish more equitable public access to the City's waterfront. To achieve this mission, the plan will address the following elements:

  • Comprehensive Inventory of All Existing Public Water Access Sites
  • Opportunity Sites for New or Improved Public Water Access
  • Standards for Equitable Public Access Infrastructure
  • Program and Partnership Initiatives
  • Alternative Mobility Initiatives on Land and Water

The planning process is kicking off with two key fact-finding initiatives: a community opinion survey linked below, and a rigorous site inventory of all existing public water access locations in the City. Following the kickoff, the planning process will follow an approximately 12 month timeline.

Plan Timeline

Public Water Access Plan - schedule graphic UPDATED

Community Survey

We would like to hear from you! We welcome your valuable input to help inform the plan. Please participate in this community survey:

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The planning team is also looking for "Water Access Ambassadors" to assist the planning process with neighborhood insight, public outreach, and focus group participation. If residents or stakeholders in the business, environmental, or educational community, would like to get involved, please signup using this Water Access Ambassadors Sign-Up Form

If you have any general questions or comments about the plan, please email Eric Leshinsky, Chief of Comprehensive planning, at

Existing Water Access Locations

The following project reference map includes all known existing public water access locations within the City of Annapolis or immediately adjacent to the City. Updates to the map will be added as new information about other existing locations becomes available. If you see something incorrect or missing from the map, please email Eric Leshinsky, Chief of Comprehensive planning, at Additional maps focused on each of the City's major creeks will be added to this webpage in the coming weeks.

Click on the map to enlarge

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Precedent Plans

The Planning Team has identified the following five recent plans from other jurisdictions as precedents for the outcomes of the Public Water Access Plan. A 1-page synopsis is provided for each precedent plan.

Click each image to access its 1-page synopsis

Newport Tree, Park, and Open Space Master Plan           

Newport Master Plan - Cover Opens in new window

Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Plan

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Oregon Metro Parks and Nature Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
Oregon Metro Parks Nature Equity Plan - Cover Opens in new window

Mississippi National River Recreational Area 

Mississippi Nat River and Rec Area Water Trail Plan - Cover Opens in new window

The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: Waterfront Public Access
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