Shawsheen River Greenway
The Shawsheen River; once the pulse of Andover's economic and social life, lost its resilience in the post-industrial age. The River is being rediscovered and reconnected as part of a Historic Mill District revitalization and its recreation potential is once again being realized.
The Shawsheen River Greenway will restore the river and its surroundings as Andover’s most important geographical feature, creating beauty and enjoyment for all walkers, riders, paddlers, skaters, nature lovers, historians, students, families, and seniors. It will increase economic value and vitality, and improve the quality of life of everyone in the community.
By working with the landowners, townspeople, local nonprofits, and town agencies it will build land and water trails, access points for walking, pedaling, paddling, fishing, and passive recreation.
In Andover the Shawsheen River is the heart of the community. It is a recreational haven, an educational treasure, a transportation corridor, a conservation preserve, an asset for appropriate new development, and a connection with our past. A new multi-use path along its banks will connect key features of our community, be located less than a quarter mile from downtown, and be in close proximity to most of our town’s residents.
The town is already blessed with substantial open space along the river and connecting these spaces with a continuous multi-use path is very feasible. In fact much of the river way in the south part of town is already open to the public. By constructing a pathway through the densely populated town center we will provide a recreational attraction for all residents and visitors. The final completion of the Greenway will reflect some accommodations to the natural and manmade obstacles, such as private land ownership and crossing roads.
The Andover Greenway is comprised of three sections:
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