New Jersey

The Headlands are the most exposed stretch of the New Jersey shore, with open ocean views and direct wind and wave action.  Today, the beach is shaped and protected for human use only, minimizing its function for the diverse ecology needed for a protective dune landscape and necessitating ongoing sand replenishment. The Boardwalk is an ever-present cultural icon – yet it does little for coastal ecology and remains vulnerable to storm surge. The Headlands design opportunity explores a more organic boardwalk form and topographic section that provides the infrastructure to capture sand and form dunes, creating protection while serving as habitat area for beach wildlife to attract visitors. The boardwalk-dune is coupled with improvement of inland lakes and green infrastructure to absorb surge and improve character. The site for this project is Asbury Park, N.J., chosen for its iconic boardwalk, coastal lakes, diverse population, cultural history and redevelopment energy.

Download the boards presented by Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup in 2013.


October 30, 2013 12:25 am
from Kerry Callinan

Dredge beaches are built to fail and to kill. I know because I surfed here fifty years. The dredging has failed because it disallows outflow that used to happen on the north side of jetties. A storm surge is like an over inflated tire tube and outflow is like holes in the tube. It decreased flooding and saved lives. No outflow means all water has to go to the north during storm currents now and that has increased northward erosion, deaths and property damage.The answer is to extend the old jetties and dredge only half way out to the end of them. I know more, I could help.


March 23, 2014 11:06 am
from bob both

Eliminate the Jetties. Its been proven they do not help and they are a hazard to swimmers and others who enjoy the ocean. Let nature take its natural course.


March 23, 2014 11:26 am
from Angelo A. Chinnici MD

Sunset lake is a diaster! The islands on the west portion still have uprooted trees and soil erosion. The lake is loaded with debris from the hurricane!
It would be a nice place to start, since it is the entrance to the city and would provide an inviting sight to potential visitors.


March 23, 2014 4:38 pm
from Joe Woerner

To whom it may concern:

As a Asbury Park Environment and Shade Tree Commissioner and former Chair of the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, I can say with confidence that Asbury Park is in desperate need of increased resiliency.

The Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup design directly addresses environmental issues that correlate to damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy. The plan proposes fortifying our beaches with natural dunes and vegetation, increasing the capacity of streets and coastal lakes to handle storm water runoff, and increasing the ecological vitality of those coastal lakes. All of these measures, had they been in place prior to 2011, would have lessened the coastal damage caused by the storm.

The Sasaki team’s design reflects their work getting to know our community. Everyone in town knows about their plan because they reached out to everyone. It has been a pleasure working with the Sasaki team and I am excited to work with them to make their concept a reality here in Asbury Park and the Jersey Shore.

Thanks – Joe


March 23, 2014 8:30 pm
from Jen Souder

What a great opportunity for Asbury Park! I see a lot of potential in the concepts presented in this thoughtful proposal. Asbury Park is a very unique community and careful attention to the characteristics of its culture and history will be key to the success of any project implemented here. With that in mind, we should take every opportunity to implement strategies that improve the ecological health of our community such as those proposed, including green streets, functioning dune systems and habitat rehabilitation.


March 23, 2014 10:13 pm
from Daniel Baum

I fully support this concept – and see it as the way forward for the jersey coast


March 24, 2014 7:33 am
from Jacki Sharpe

I am complete support of a project that will provide a protective dune landscape that will help the coastal ecological system and improve the inland lakes and green infrastructure in Asbury Park.


March 24, 2014 7:46 am
from Mark Tyler

Preserving the oceanfront for all to enjoy must be a priority. All efforts must use a long-term approach. Rebuild by design is doing just that. Lets all get behind their thoughtful efforts. New Jersey is the Garden State on the ocean.


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