Bethel seeks input on proposed river-side parks

On January 13 at 6:30pm at the Bethel Town Hall interested community members are invited to provide feedback on the final design of three proposed river-side parks in Bethel: 251 Marsh Meadow Road, 132 Spring Hollow Road, and 2811 Gilead Brook Road.

The town of Bethel received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to coordinate a community planning and design project at their FEMA buyout properties, and have hired Randolph-based DuBois & King to develop a conceptual design of potential public access improvements at each site.

The January 13 public meeting will provide an opportunity for community members to review the conceptual designs and to provide feedback on final design elements, including parking areas, walking trails, river access, and interpretive signs. DuBois & King will incorporate feedback into final designs in January. The towns have the option to apply for additional CDBG funds to implement the final design components in 2015.

The three properties were privately-owned and severely-damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. The towns applied for FEMA buyout funding to purchase the properties from the private landowners, to remove the damaged structures and infrastructure, and to grade and seed the sites. Permanent deed restrictions will limit future development to reduce flood damages at the sites. The state has set aside $750,000 in CDBG funds to help towns plan and construct buyout site improvements that meet community needs.

Visit our River Access Improvement Project page for more information.