A Legacy Park
Phase One: Design & Install Park Along Riverfront
Phase One of the Great Falls Park project takes advantage of two small landings along the eastern riverbank of the Salmon Falls River in downtown Berwick, Maine. Over the past few decades, the areas have been frequented by children for playing and fishing, and those looking for a peaceful spot overlooking the falls.
In spring of 2018, the Town of Berwick contracted with landscape designer Cornelius Murphy to generate ecologically sensitive designs for the park site. Early ideas include natural play elements, a plant species management plan, and comprehensive access that links various aspects of the park to each other and the downtown.
Community work days will turn the design into reality.
Phase Two: Bring Back
Historic Pedestrian Bridge
Members of Envision Berwick's Great Falls Park Subcommittee and the Berwick Historical Society have identified the site of a historic pedestrian bridge that once crossed the river from the southernmost landing to Somersworth's historic mills. The bridge once existed as a way for people from Berwick to walk to and from work at the mills. The two Berwick groups are working to bring a pedestrian bridge back to the site, creating a riverfront pedestrian loop around the Berwick-Somersworth downtown.
COMMUNITY DONATIONS WILL HELP BUILD the PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE.
Phase Three: Greenway Connection
Phase Three of the Great Falls Park project proposes connecting the pocket parks to a wider trails system in Berwick-Somersworth. Proposals include connecting the park to an urban trail northward through downtown Berwick to the Penny Pond Trails, connecting to Somersworth's riverfront trails, and working towards a connection to the Great Works Regional Land Trust Kaplan parcel. We'll be fleshing out Phase Three in the months to come, so stay tuned.