The Friends of River Park was established during the Neighborhood Planning Process, and is now a non-profit organization that will oversee public access and recreational opportunities at River Park along the Connecticut River.
Friends of River Park: Guaranteeing Access to the River
The Connecticut River is an extraordinary natural resource running right through the Upper Valley, but public access to the river in Lebanon is limited. It became clear during Lyme's Neighborhood Planning Process that access and open space were missing in West Lebanon, and these became key elements of the River Park Master Plan.
The community's support for this project was paramount in its planning and permitting, and the Friends of River Park will continue to be partners in River Park's success as an extension of the West Lebanon community.
Non-Profit Ownership of the Riverfront
The "Friends of River Park" is now a non-profit organization that will own and maintain the park along the river. River Park will grant a conservation easement to the Upper Valley Land Trust that will guarantee public access to the waterfront, proudly fulfilling our promise to our West Lebanon neighbors.
A Private-Public Partnership
Lyme Properties has pledged a financial contribution as “start-up capital” for the new non-profit. We hope the City of Lebanon, TransCanada (Wilder Dam owner), and other Upper Valley organizations will work with Friends of River Park to create something special along the river.
A Keystone Parcel for Contiguous Recreational Access:
River Park provides the best location for river access and recreation directly downstream of the Wilder Dam. “A Vision for Recreational Access” highlights the potential for River Park to connect existing (and planned) trail networks in the Upper Valley.
Launching a Riverfront Design Competition:
Lyme Properties sponsored a Landscape Design Competition for the site to help Friends of River Park in envisioning what could be done to improve access and recreation along the Connecticut River.
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River Park is the result of unprecedented collaboration between West Lebanon citizens and a private developer. Learn more about Lyme's Neighborhood Planning Process that led to the Master Plan:
The community's support of River Park has been overwhelmingly positive despite the drawn-out development process.