Mindful of its responsibilities as a corporate citizen of New York City, Chelsea Piers Management has been supportive of the local neighborhood as well as the larger New York City community. In this section, we highlight many of our accomplishments and our involvement with the community since 1995. We are an active participant with Chelsea neighborhood groups, including Hudson River Park Advisory Council, Community Board 4, Hudson Guild, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Hudson River Park, and the Meatpacking Improvement Association.
Looking back on the ways Chelsea Piers has made a difference to the community throughout the years:
- Restoration of the Chelsea Piers: While preserving significant sections of the historic structure, including the original steel truss work, Chelsea Piers transformed four historic, but long-neglected piers into a major center for public recreation and waterfront access.
- Visitors: Chelsea Piers has become one of the most popular destinations in New York City with more than 4 million visits a year. With sports programs and activities for all ages, plus multiple dining options and corporate and social event spaces, Chelsea Piers has provided a place to play sports, work out, celebrate a special occasion, eat lunch or go for a stroll along the Hudson River.
- Revitalization of the Chelsea Neighborhood: Chelsea Piers invested in and revitalized the waterfront long before the neighborhood started shifting in the late 1990s. Redeveloping the five city blocks that encompass Chelsea Piers served as a major catalyst in the transformation of the Chelsea neighborhood that we see today.
- Public Waterfront Access: Chelsea Piers Management provides and maintains extensive public access throughout the 28-acre complex, including a 1-mile public promenade and numerous public access points and walkways through and around the Piers. The promenade, which is landscaped with dozens of planters featuring seasonal plantings maintained by Chelsea Piers Management, provides the public with scenic views of the Hudson River.
- A Place to Play: From the very beginning, Chelsea Piers has provided New Yorkers with a safe and fun environment where they can enjoy one-of-a-kind sports and recreation either unavailable or in limited supply in Manhattan. For over 20 years, New York residents and visitors alike have flocked to the Piers to learn, practice, play and compete with family and friends in 28+ different sports.
- Employer: Currently, Chelsea Piers directly employs more than 1,000 people, including many from the local neighborhood, and hundreds more are employed by its tenants. Additionally, nearly 20% of Chelsea Piers' entire workforce has been with the company for more than 10 years. Crain's New York Business recently ranked Chelsea Piers among the top ten medium-sized firms in its list of the best places to work in New York City: "Taking cues from employee focus groups, Chelsea Piers aids its workers — whether they're fitness fanatics, parents of tots or advocates of eco-consciousness."
- Community Outreach: As an active participant with Chelsea neighborhood groups, Chelsea Piers has worked with the Hudson River Park Advisory Council, Community Board 4, Hudson Guild, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Hudson River Park, Bayview Correctional Facility, Friends of the High Line, the Meatpacking Improvement Association and others through the years.
- Scholarship Fund: Over the past 20+ years, more than $3.6 million has been contributed by the Chelsea Piers and Sky Rink Scholarship Funds to underserved children throughout the city for training, athletic trips and sports camps. Additionally, the Golf Club serves as a fully-operational teaching facility for the First Tee, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing underserved youth with access to the sport of golf. Since 2006, Chelsea Piers has provided the space, golf instructors and teachers to run the First Tee's Life Skills program, which is designed to instill and develop essential values in young athletes, such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and a solid work ethic.
- Public Events: Chelsea Piers has hosted a variety of sports expos, performances and free fitness classes, including Sky Rink's Holiday on the Hudson Skating Show and Olympic Fest, and the annual Golf Fest expos. Holiday on the Hudson is a popular family skating event, where Sky Rink skating students of all levels perform along with special elite guest skaters. Olympic Fest invites families in for hot chocolate, general ice skating and televised Olympic Games for a fun family weekend event. The annual Golf Fest event welcomes visitors of all ages and features club demos from top club manufacturers, vacation packages from local and regional golf courses, kids' activities, swing tips from the Golf Academy's teaching professionals, new Golf Club technology demonstrations, and multiple contests and raffle prizes for guests to win.
- Super Bowl Host Committee: In 2014, Chelsea Piers was selected by the Super Bowl Host Committee to host the Super Bowl Media Party, the premiere event of the Super Bowl for NYC to showcase the city as a destination for huge national and international events.
- Philanthropic Support: Throughout the years, the Chelsea Piers community has supported a wide variety of charities and organizations. Annual events include: Toys for Tots toy collection at Sky Rink; NY Cares Coat Drive at the Golf Club; Operation Back Pack at the Field House; Swim-a-thon for Cancer at the Sports Center; Feeding NYC's Thanksgiving Dinner event at Pier Sixty; and a Breast Cancer Zumbathon at the Sports Center. Additionally, the Chelsea Piers community collected more than 1,200 pounds of shoes for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, held a week-long series of fitness classes to raise money for the Red Cross after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and has hosted several dance fundraising events for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.
- Charitable Donations: By donating reusable equipment to Community Board 4 based organizations, Chelsea Piers has furnished more than 100 computers to neighborhood schools and community organizations, lockers to Bayview Correctional Facility, soccer balls to PS 11, paper towel and toilet paper dispensers to the NYC Parks Department and playground balls to Guardian Angel School, among other donations.
- Going Green: Chelsea Piers has made a commitment to environmental best practices, including: the purchase of energy from renewable resources; reduced consumption of energy and water; use of healthful and sustainable indoor and outdoor materials; proper supply chain management to ensure we are working with eco-friendly partners and vendors; and effective recycling strategies to minimize our carbon footprint. Beginning in 2008, Chelsea Piers began purchasing green power equal to 100% of its annual electricity usage from a renewable energy source – wind. This offsets 13,344 metric tons of electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), an amount equal to taking 2,856 cars off the road or planting 12,292 acres of trees.
- Responding in Times of Crisis: On September 11, 2001, Chelsea Piers sprang into action. Tables with water and hoses were pulled to the bikeway to help New Yorkers walking north – rinsing off soot or providing drinking water. The television studios were transformed into a field hospital, ambulances were staged on the east roadway, the Golf Club became offices for the intelligence agencies, the boats at the marina shuttled people home to New Jersey, the Field House became a volunteer meeting location and the Roller Rinks became the drop off spot for materials needed to help in the search and recovery. Two years later, during the Blackout of 2003, droves of New Yorkers again arrived at the Piers to be ushered via boat to New Jersey. Campers were tucked into mats at the Field House to rest and wait for their parents or to spend the night.
- Superstorm Sandy: In October of 2012, Chelsea Piers faced its greatest test to date when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Greater NYC area. Despite extensive pre-storm preparation efforts, the damage was devastating. Most thought the Piers would be closed for months. However, thanks to the tireless work of hundreds of Chelsea Piers employees – including hockey coaches, personal trainers, security guards and administrative staff – the facilities were rebuilt and reopened in just five weeks, restoring normalcy as quickly as possible for Chelsea Piers customers.
- Partnerships with Local Businesses: In addition to purchasing from local mailing and print design businesses, including TopNotch Graphics and Apple Direct Mail, whenever possible, Chelsea Piers has also created partnerships with many neighborhood businesses and restaurants, including New York Golf Center, Offshore Sailing School, Tekserve, Bakehouse, The Half King, Chelsea Wine Vault, The Ainsworth and more.
- Movies and TV: As the home of Silver Screen Studios, Manhattan's largest center for television and film production, Chelsea Piers has served as a set to numerous television series including, Spin City, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU and The Blacklist. Additionally, as a part of three episodes of The Apprentice, including two finales, and as a filming location for dozens of major motion pictures, Chelsea Piers has become part of the pop culture of NYC.
- Athlete Visits: Throughout the years, Chelsea Piers has hosted many Olympic and professional athletes at each venue to meet with young athletes and discuss the benefits of playing sports. Notable visits include: the members of the New York Rangers, Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Janet Evans, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Cal Ripken Jr., Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Tiger Woods, David Ortiz, Pele, Gabby Douglas, Gracie Gold, Davis Love III, Eli and Peyton Manning, Nastia Liuken, Apolo Ohno, Tara Lipinski, Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sarah Hughes.
- Developing College Athletes: In addition to giving children a place to learn sports and lead healthy, active lifestyles, Chelsea Piers has trained dozens of athletes who have received college scholarships in many sports.
- Elite Training Programs: Chelsea Piers Fitness is home to a number of high-level training programs and competitive teams, including the four time USA Triathlon Amateur National Championship triathlon team, Full Throttle Endurance, Master's Swim team, CPNY Weightlifting Club, Sprint Club, boxing Fight Club, and competitive sand volleyball and rock climbing members, all of whom train at Chelsea Piers but compete nationally and internationally.