Friday, March 12, 2010

Mousam River Group Spearheads Intervale Public Park

The Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance, supported by the Maine Rivers organization, Wells Reserve, and the Town of Kennebunk, welcomes the community to participate in a site walk and design workshop to focus on plans for the creation of a public park with canoe and kayak access to the Mousam River.
The National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program is also supporting the planning process. Additionally, Yarmouth landscape architect Mitchell Rasor is donating design services.
The park will be located on Intervale Road in Kennebunk, on land acquired by Kennebunk following the floods of 2006 and 2007. The property fronts the Mousam River, making it ideal for carry-in boat access.
Members of the community are invited to the site walk, scheduled for Saturday, March 20th at 9 a.m. The hour-long walk will be followed by a design workshop convening at 10:30 a.m. in Room 300 of Kennebunk Town Hall. In the event of snow or rain, a postponement message will be left at 985-2102 (x 1312), and the walk will be held on Saturday March 27th.
“The idea of having a workshop is to brainstorm about how best to take advantage of this wonderful new community resource,” notes Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers. “We would like to see involvement by students, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other youth groups.”
In addition to the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance members, participants in the site walk and design workshop will include Kennebunk’s Town Manager and Town Planner, and members of the town’s Planning Board.
For its part, the goal of the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance is to protect, restore and enhance the ecological health of the Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers. “Our community is increasingly recognizing their significance,” notes MKRA member RJ Mere. “People are now taking steps to improve water quality, to restore fishery and aquatic ecosystems, and protect habitat.”
“The creation of this park will give people better access to the Mousam River for recreation,” said Mere. “The rivers are also important to the local economy, and they impart a strong sense of place.”
Photo caption: Landis Hudson of Maine Rivers surveys the site of proposed park on the Mousam River. (Courtesy photo)