Merimack Riverwalk Trail

Merrimack Riverwalk Information

In partnership with the Commonwealth, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the City of Lawrence, GWL is currently managing the pre-development work for the Merrimack Riverwalk Trail, envisioned as a 2.6-mile pedestrian walkway along the banks of the Merrimack River. When complete, the Riverwalk Trail will provide a tremendous new amenity for residents, employees, and visitors to the City. Project design and engineering is at 25%, and the first community meeting, held in November 2006, was very well-attended. In tandem with the ongoing design work, project partners are coordinating legal research and documentation to establish access agreements for public use of the Riverwalk Trail. In partnership with DCR, GWL is also developing a maintenance plan to ensure the Riverwalk's upkeep after construction. Plans include the establishment of a maintenance fund that will support the employment and training of Lawrence young adults to conduct seasonal maintenance of the trail, as well as enabling larger capital repairs as needed in the future. The Riverwalk Trail project is a true public-private partnership and demonstrates what can be accomplished through the coordinated efforts of local and state agencies, elected officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations.