The Gangplank Slipholders Association (GPSA) had worked tirelessly over the past 6 weeks encouraging slipholders to attend a charrette focused on the Hoffman Madison Waterfront (HMW) plans for a new Gangplank Marina in the Wharf development on the SW Waterfront.
The result was the largest number of participants GPSA has had at a single meeting this year. The charrette was divided into two sections:
- Identifying and ranking community values and priorities for a new marina
- Providing feedback on early marina design renderings
- Slipholders value their community. The number one priority in both portions or the charrette was maintaining the current marina community. Slipholders believe spaces that encourage regular community interaction and spaces that accomodate larger community gatherings are equally important. An indoor community space is highly desired.
- Other top priorities include safety and security, walkability, convenience of services, minimalist and functional design, well-placed lighting and avoiding light and noise pollution from landside development, and additional services to assist in more eco-friendly living.
- With regard specifically to layout, new ideas included alternative slip orientation that would promote longevity of boats, boating equipment, and the marina, encourage community interaction, and enable safe navigability.