New England to Get Its First Whitewater Park


Great ready for some outdoor excitement.  Groundbreaking has finally happened on the Mill City Park which is expected to open to the public at Franklin Falls at the end of September according to  On old mill town closed its mill back in the 1970s and the town as sort of faded into obscurity.  That is all about to change.  The construction on the Mill City Park has now begun!


What Kind of Activities Will There Be?


The free park will feature kayaking, boogie boarding, whitewater rafting, and even surfing on the Winnipesaukee River year-round.  Marty Parichand, who is the founder of Mill City Park tells, “An interest in the whitewater park has increased, the interest in the downtown, the number of buildings being renovated, the number of projects – it’s all increased as well.  I think Franklin came into its own once upon a time because of the river, and now, we are doing it again because of the river.”


When Will the Park Be Completed?


Funded by $2.5 million in grant money and private donations the park will begin construction on trails, wavemakers, camps, water play areas for kids, and even an outdoor amphitheater.  Each phase of the park will open at a different time, but construction should be completed around 2022.  The way they describe putting in a way to make waves that you can surf on in the Winnipesaukee sounds so exciting.  Think of it.  A way to surf without the sharks!  I have always wanted to try whitewater rafting.  The perpetual wave feature sounds like fun. What a great time from Franklin, New Hampshire.



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