Manchester Riverwalk

The Manchester Riverwalk Association is a "non-profit organization with a mission to build, beautify, and maintain public pathways along the West Branch of the Battenkill River in Manchester, Vermont thereby enhancing vibrancy in the community, while creating a compelling recreational and cultural destination". LandWorks was retained by the Association in the early phases of the undertaking to assist in developing project goals, public engagement strategies, conceptual plans, and design elements for the Riverwalk. Based on feedback from the community and the Association, an illustrative plan was developed to address a number of project components including restoration areas, plantings for beautification and stabilization, interpretive information, an amphitheatre, parking, kiosks, accessibility, and bridges. The bridge spanning the river from Factory Point Town Green to Main Street will be the project's centerpiece.

LandWorks also helped oversee the first phase of a restoration planting supported by technical assistance from the National Park Service and grant monies from the Field Foundation. This involved working with committee members in the field to establish riverine planting along steep sided banks of a portion of the Battenkill River. The plantings are, as of Summer 2017, being monitored and represent the first step in a more comprehensive ecological restoration initiative.

In 2017, the Riverwalk will be included as part of a Mobile Workshop at the annual conference of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA).

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