2008 was a great year for the High Line. Without a completed park to play on, we've had the opportunity to get very creative with our programs--trips to Governor's Island, canoeing on the Bronx River, chalking paths to the High Line's future entrances, and more. The opening of the first section (Gansevoort Street--20th Street) is rapidly approaching and we are in the midst of planning some very exciting programs for the occasion-- for the first time, we will be able to bring the public onto the finished park.
Here's a look at some of our events from the past year.
Middle-school students from Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies wore special "Chalk Shoes" that they designed and cast, with the help of artist Julia Mandle . The Chalk Shoes performance was a collaborative performance art piece, using the shoes to draw lines along the sidewalks of Chelsea, leading the way to the High Line's future access points.
High Line supporters sketch on the High Line rail yards' section, as part of last spring's High Line Sketching Classes with artist Ann DeVere.
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As part of our tram and walking tour of Governor's Island led by the Governor's Island Preservation & Education Corporation , High Line supporters explored some of the oldest buildings in New York and learned about this new wonderful public space.
In July, High Line supporters paddled the Bronx River in canoes, as part of a program co-sponsored by the Bronx River Alliance .
In October, more than 800 members of the public were allowed to tour the rail yards section of the High Line, usually closed to the public. The tours were part of Openhousenewyork  weekend, an annual series of events opening sites of architectural and historical interest that are usually closed to the public. Openhousenewyork is our most popular community event; tour attendees were chosen by lottery from an entry pool of more than 5,000.
High Line volunteers led tours and managed the traffic flow for our openhousenewyork tours throughout the weekend.
The efforts to preserve the entire High Line continued this fall and winter with our December 1 Save the Spur! Rally. Here, High Line volunteers make signs to hold at the rally.
More than 200 people rallied in favor of preserving the entire High Line, including the Spur over 10th Avenue. Supporters wore red "Save the Spur" T-shirts and held signs during a presentation by the Related Companies, the designated developer at the rail yards.