Bringing people to its shorelines and onto the water requires creating access opportunities and improving the quality of the experience that people have at parks and other public spaces. This is especially important for waterfront communities lacking access and the other resources needed to enjoy the River and its estuary. The Hudson River Foundation helps create new access sites and supports better stewardship and public programs through small grants to local government, environmental organizations, and community groups. The Hudson River Improvement Fund, the Newtown Creek Fund, and NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Public Access and Stewardship grants have supported refurbished docks, waterfront festivals, classroom experiences and even children's swimming lessons. HEP and its Public Access Work Group has characterized public access and its distribution around the 1600 mile shoreline of the Harbor Estuary and works collaboratively on a variety of planning and policy initiatives.