Wilton Riverwalk

RiverwalkThe Wilton Riverwalk Project began in 2017 with the Phase 1 opening of a walkway along the Stony Brook River near the Police Station downtown. Since then, we’ve sponsored a design charrette with Plan NH, a comprehensive Riverwalk Study with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, and held numerous public input workshops and an online survey to gather residents’ feedback on what features they would like to see in a Riverwalk.

Wilton residents later approved funding to hire an architect to develop a plan for the Riverwalk, and after a competitive RFP process, chose GPI with a project team of landscape architects and civil engineers from their offices in Wilmington MA. and Portsmouth, NH.

The intent of the Riverwalk is to create an attractive amenity for residents and visitors alike to encourage people to come and spend more time downtown, to walk and enjoy the rivers as a downtown asset and - as they stay longer - patronize our downtown businesses. The plan is designed to be built in phases with a variety of creative funding strategies including local fundraising, state and federal grants, and private-public partnerships.

Monument ParkPhase 2 began with the complete renovation of Monument Park, located downtown along river, completed in May, 2020 due to the joint sponsorship of the American Legion Bent-Burke Post 10, the Economic Development Team, the Wilton Main Street Association (WMSA), and a generous $1,000 grant from Eversource.   It involved the work of many volunteers and donations from local businesses – a full description of the work along with a link to photos of the project can be found HERE.

Phase 2 will continue with the creation of a solar-lighted, ADA-compliant walkway along the northern bank of the Stony Brook River, with trees, plantings, a kiosk, placemaking signage, and access to fishing spots. The new trail will now enable the full completion of the Phase 2 Riverwalk, and will eventually link to a proposed pedestrian bridge spanning Stony Brook to complete a full loop around the western section of downtown. This part of the multi-year Riverwalk project is made possible by a $19,711 grant from the AARP and an easement by TDS Telecom. Full details on this grant ward and the work to be done can be found HERE.

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Wilton Riverwalk Design Update

On October 18th the Wilton Economic Development team, in conjunction with Landscape Architect Robert White of GPI, shared the design plans for the future downtown Wilton Riverwalk:

Press Release

Wilton Riverwalk Design Plans: Overview Maps

Wilton Riverwalk Design Plans: Detailed Presentation

Photos from the Riverwalk Design Event

For more information on the studies and surveys mentioned above, along with the Riverwalk plans, please visit the Links section on the right side of our main page. Maps, illustrations and information are also posted in the Kiosk at the start of the current Riverwalk on Stony Brook, and at Town Hall.

 

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