Public Water Access Plan

Learn about the The City of Annapolis 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.

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

Plan Timeline

Public Water Access Plan - schedule graphic UPDATED

Existing Water Access Locations

The following project reference maps, which include a citywide map and creekshed specific maps, include all known existing public water access locations within the City of Annapolis or immediately adjacent to the City. Updates to the maps 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

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Public Water Access Plan Documents

Public Water Access Plan Meetings

Focus Group Meeting #1

Focus Group Meeting #2

Focus Group Meeting #3

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 Tree, Park, and Open Space Master Plan

Newport Master Plan - Cover

Oregon Metro Parks and Nature Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Oregon Metro Parks Nature Equity Plan - Cover

Mississippi National River Recreational Area

Mississippi Nat River and Rec Area Water Trail Plan - Cover

The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: Waterfront Public Access

New York City Comp Waterfront Plan - Cover

Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Old Town Alexandria Waterfront Plan