Community Input

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Since its founding in 1999, Friends of the High Line has held over two dozen community input sessions, to encourage neighborhood residents, business owners, and all interested members of the public to share their ideas for what the High Line could, and should, become.

The High Line is a public park, built and maintained for the benefit of all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. It represents a unique opportunity for members of the community to become involved in the planning of a major public amenity that will serve New York City for years to come. Throughout the design process, community input has been central to the High Line project.

At the beginning, when the High Line was under threat of demolition, the question was simple: “Why do you think the High Line should be saved?” Answers varied, but it was clear that many in the High Line community recognized the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a public place unlike any other in the world.

The design process began with an Open Ideas Competition, in 2003. All 720 entries were made available to the public, and response to the ideas helped shape the design process. You can still view all 720 entries into the 2003 Ideas Competition online.

When the team of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro was selected by a jury to design the High Line, we recognized a great opportunity to work within the High Line community. During the initial phase of the design process, in 2004, frequent Community Input sessions helped shape the design team's plans for the High Line. The design team presented new ideas publicly, then refined them in response to public input before incorporating them into the design.

The tradition continues today. The City of New York and Friends of the High Line have engaged the same team of designers to begin the process for the High Line at the rail yards. The first community input meeting was held in December, 2011 to gather feedback from neighbors, business owners, and other New Yorkers about what they would like to see in the design of the High Line’s third and final section.

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Friends of the High Line still seeks input into the maintenance and operations of the park the community has helped us build. If you have comments or suggestions, please contact us at

Summary Documents

Summaries and Q&A's from some of our past Community Input Sessions are available for download as PDFs.

March, 2012

December, 2011

May, 2005

December, 2004

October, 2004

October, 2003