Donation will support project to develop whitewater park in Franklin

On Monday, November 6th, community members, leaders and dignitaries gathered at Trestle View Park in Franklin to hear a special announcement on a project to develop a whitewater park in the city called Mill City Park. Those closely involved with the project: Marty Parichand, Co-founder of Mill City Park, Taylor Caswell, Commissioner of the Department of Business & Economic Affairs, and Scott Clarenbach, Interim Mayor of the City of Franklin, provided remarks to a group of over 75 in attendance. Franklin Savings Bank announced its commitment to donate $250,000 to assist with paddling the project forward.

“This project will be transformative,” said Charlie Chandler, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Franklin Savings Bank. “The Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of the Mill City Park project after hearing a few presentations on it. The vision for this project ties in nicely with all the hard work that is being done by PermaCity Life to transform the City of Franklin into a catalyst for economic development.”

The Bank’s donation to Mill City Park will support the first phase of building a whitewater rafting park on the Winnipesaukee River. This will involve the restoration and clean-up of a 1.25 mile-long section extending from Cross Mill Road to Trestle View Park. The safe removal of debris and remnants from the river bed will enable the waterway to float at lower levels during the summer months for visitors to enjoy kayaking and rafting. The whitewater rafting park will be the first of its kind in New England.

Mill City Park is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create an outdoor community park through environmental restoration, historic preservation, community sustainability, and economic development initiatives.