Center for the Environment to Assist Plymouth in Planning Waterfront Development

January 20th, 2006 by Adam

The Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University has received a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service to assist the town of Plymouth with a development plan for the Pemigewassest and Baker Rivers Waterfront Enhancement Project. The public is invited to a meeting on Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m., in the Speare Community Room at Mid-State Health Center (20 Highland Street, in the rear of the Citizen’s Bank building) to share thoughts and visions for potential development along the riverfronts. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lelia Mellen of the National Park Service will help facilitate the meeting and assist in developing a work plan. Madeline McElaney, a Plymouth resident and graduate student in PSU’s Master of Science in environmental science and policy degree program, will also be working on the Waterfront Enhancement Project, which will serve as her thesis project.

“Over the years, a variety of ideas for the riverfront areas have been discussed for improved recreational opportunities, general aesthetics and environmental improvements in storm water runoff,” says June Hammond Rowan, the Center for the Environment’s outreach and development coordinator. “Current ideas include expanding and connecting existing recreational trails along both the Pemigewasset and Baker Rivers, developing an amphitheater on the Pemigewasset waterfront in downtown Plymouth adjacent to an existing boat launch, and enhancing the north entrance to Plymouth along Route 3, near the confluence of the two rivers and thus the intersection of the two trail systems.”

A number of organizations have been involved in previous efforts to promote waterfront development along both river corridors, including: the town of Plymouth, Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District, Main Street Plymouth, Inc., Plymouth Rotary Club, Plymouth State University, local snowmobile clubs, the Baker River Watershed Association, the Pemigewasset River Local Advisory Committee, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Plymouth Regional Senior Center and local property and business owners. The Waterfront Enhancement Project will incorporate the past work of these groups into a coordinated effort to produce a community- supported, comprehensive development plan for the waterfront, with priorities for action and funding.

The Center for the Environment was established in 2004 to address the science, policies, culture and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education and collaboration. The Center’s goals include engaging in environmentally relevant projects based on community and social needs in support of PSU’s role as a regional university. For more information contact June Hammond Rowan at 535-3218 or