Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

North Nashua River Plan

Fitchburg, MA


The North Nashua River in Fitchburg winds its way through seven miles of open space, existing and former industrial properties and downtown. CSS prepared a master plan to generate and renew interest in the river as a valuable resource for Fitchburg residents. The plan provides a framework for future planning and design work, focusing on seven types of opportunities:

• Public access to the river
• Visual access to the river
• Rehabilitation of adjacent buildings and brownfields
• New and improved riverfront open space
• Opportunities to tell the story of the river and its industrial history
• Improving river health and connectivity
• Programs and events to raise public awareness

As part of the planning process, CSS conducted a day-long public workshop that served to strengthen the final master plan.


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