Conceptual Schematic B — Gateway Gathering Space
The intersection of Saw Mill Hill and Moulton Street becomes a gateway to downtown Berwick with signage, a formalized gathering and/or performance area, outdoor covered space, and seating.
Open areas from recent construction are seeded, planted and re-defined to compliment the increased visibility and use. Erosion control methods such as compost socks are used along open steep slopes to mitigate negative effects of stormwater runoff.
Moulton Street transitions into one-way traffic to allow for additional on-street parking and small stormwater detention areas that collect and infiltrate runoff. A new sidewalk provides access along the length of the property on Moulton Street while small, relatively flat areas along the shoulder are selectively cleared of young, scrubby, and damaged vegetation. Once cleared, the additional open areas are fitted with benches, picnic tables, and other passive amenities that invite users to enter and explore.
At the southern park entry, off of Moulton Street, pedestrian access is formalized with a universal access ramp. The small stormwater features along Moulton Street empty into a new detention basin to mitigate large storm events. The universal access ramp continues on to a pedestrian bridge that links Berwick to downtown Somersworth, NH and an overlook is created near the new pedestrian bridge that allows users to take in views of the river and the Old Canal Mill. Existing footpaths through the mature oak, maple, beech and young cherry in this area are maintained and improved to accommodate more traffic and allow for small play opportunities.
At both ends of the park, small, site-specific improvements such as boulder steps, check dams, and hand holds are installed along footpaths and at the river’s edge in designated areas.