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Bike


Bike

Franklin Falls' pump track would be the only free pump track in walking distance to a downtown.

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Bike


Bike

Franklin Falls' pump track would be the only free pump track in walking distance to a downtown.

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Paddle


Paddle

As the only whitewater park in New England, Franklin would finally be able to utilize the river in an environmentally & economically sustainable way.

Paddle


Paddle

As the only whitewater park in New England, Franklin would finally be able to utilize the river in an environmentally & economically sustainable way.

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Grow


Grow

Giving our residents access to a community garden space & being able to donate harvests to local charities is a goal of our project. We can all do better to help each other.

Grow


Grow

Giving our residents access to a community garden space & being able to donate harvests to local charities is a goal of our project. We can all do better to help each other.

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Relax


Relax

With a whitewater park, a mountain bike pump track & a community garden, the community will utilize this space for social gatherings or just to relax & recharge.

Relax


Relax

With a whitewater park, a mountain bike pump track & a community garden, the community will utilize this space for social gatherings or just to relax & recharge.

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Learn


Learn

200+ years of industry leaves traces. Through historic preservation initiatives we will be able to showcase our mill ruins throughout the park.

Learn


Learn

200+ years of industry leaves traces. Through historic preservation initiatives we will be able to showcase our mill ruins throughout the park.

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Franklin Falls


Franklin Falls

Franklin Falls


Franklin Falls

 

Franklin Falls was once a booming mill town, with three movie theaters, many restaurants, clothing stores and boutiques and a plethora of jobs. This historic mill district has grown up between the downtown and the three rivers. We’ve always been an outdoors town but now we’re bringing the experience back into the spotlight and dropping it right into the heart of the city. We are officially kicking off our capstone project which is focused on the creation of a sustainable whitewater park for year round use on the Winnipesaukee River. This park will become the centerpiece of the largest adaptive reuse effort in Franklin’s history, turning the downtown into a vibrant micro-urban centerpiece.

We are faced with a challenging set of existing conditions such as being the smallest and poorest city in the state with the lowest level of higher education, 2nd highest concentration of lead paint, and a bit of a stigma. How does downtown Franklin overcome this and create a compelling place to live and visit that offers a long-term sustainable and healthy economy? Well, for starters that is already changing and the momentum and enthusiasm is visible, palpable and contagious. But, to better answer that question we have become students of the premier expert at community revitalization, Roger Brooks of Roger Brooks International. In “The Art of Community Branding” Roger makes it clear that we need a niche to hang our hat on. He explains that you “must find that one thing that sets you apart from everyone else in your market area.” For us, that niche hinges on the 1.25 mile stretch of the Winnipesaukee River that begins at the put-in at Cross Mill Road and flows into the heart of the downtown at Trestle View Park. In this space we have the opportunity to create a downtown tourist attraction and recreational amenity that will be equally appealing to users and spectators. There is nothing like this anywhere in New England. What we are proposing is the construction of a world class whitewater park and outdoor center. There is no competition in the region. There simply are no good substitutes, especially during peak summer when the demand is the highest but the water flow is the lowest. We can solve this problem, and in doing so, downtown Franklin Falls will finally have a focus. We will have a unique selling proposition to anchor our revitalization.

We are now positioned to take on this ambitious and important project that will be “Act 2” for the “Rise of Franklin Falls.” The decision to make the Mill City Park the cornerstone of our resurgence is logical. It is consistent with our motto as being “The Three Rivers City”. The rivers got us here with the factories and mill buildings and now we turn to them once again for our rebirth. We should absolutely invest in and leverage our greatest existing asset. Whitewater parks, especially those with unique “park and play” features, have transformed the culture of the sport and brought many struggling communities back to life. As a result, whitewater parks are an emerging trend. Yet, there are no whitewater parks of this nature in New England.

 

Media courtesy of Central Street Media.