Prepared by Solomon Office - Lowell Heritage Partnership

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LOWELL WATERWAYS VITALITY INITIATIVE ACTION PLAN A report of the Lowell Heritage Partnership and City of Lowell Prepared by Solomon Office Lowell...

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LOWELL WATERWAYS VITALITY INITIATIVE

ACTION PLAN

A report of the Lowell Heritage Partnership and City of Lowell

Prepared by Solomon Office

Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative mission is to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active, and vibrant.

Edward J. Kennedy Lowell Mayor

Kevin Murphy Lowell City Manager

Celeste Bernardo Superintendent Lowell National Historical Park

Working Groups

Main Goals 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)

Create an economic, cultural, and environmental improvement strategy along the waterways that complements Lowell’s historic character Design lighting features to enhance attractiveness, visibility, and safety Work with property owners and partners to encourage waterside areas for retail, restaurants, galleries, and other compatible uses Produce more events to make the city more distinctive and attractive Soften concrete and brick areas with gardens and artwork Improve way-finding signs to make the waterways more accessible

Initiatives

JANUARY 28

FEBRUARY 11

FEBRUARY 19 & 20

MARCH 10

JULY 7

JULY 29, 30, & 31

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 28

APRIL 22, 2017

Presentation at

First community planning session

Winterfest lights, Lucy Larcom Park

Community

Community engagement, First Thursdays

Community engagement,

“Light Up The

Mural lighting, New England Quilt Museum

Candle Lighting Celebration at Ecumenical Plaza

Luna Theater

planning session

Lowell Folk Festival

Locks,” Swamp Locks

Planning

2016

2017 JAN.

FEB.

MAR.

Apr.

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

2017

Jan.

implementation

Feb.

Focus Areas

Lucy Larcom Park

Recommendations • Add tables and chairs with game boards Construct a small stage • Develop pop-up displays and vendor booths • Build a portable climbing wall, set up book and art carts, and make a seasonal information kiosk • Convert the canal gatehouse to a welcome center with space for community and commercial uses

Lucy Larcom Park

Recommendations • Illuminate the gatehouse and pedestrian path • Add warming station • Allow pop-up displays, vendor booths, and other activities • Place fire pits in the park during events • Create skating opportunities on or aside of on the canal • Install temporary public art along the canal or from the elevated walkways at the high school

Ecumenical Plaza

Recommendations • Prepare the venue for ongoing events • Engage with neighborhood organizations • Use church edifices for colorful projections • Explore architectural lighting opportunities for St. Patrick’s Church and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church • Maintain and improve plantings along canal • Organize water-based events and ceremonies around canals • Encourage vendors and performers to use the space

Hamilton Canal Innovation District

Recommendations • Install permanent lighting on historic structures • Install water features • Expand boat tours • Offer incentives for canal-side outdoor dining and activities • Make connections to Mill No. 5 and Western Avenue Studios • Preserve green space and sight lines • Enhance pedestrian promenades • Complement historic mill structures with temporary and permanent public art

Lower Locks

Recommendations • Light the locks, gatehouse, walls, and walkways • Maintain and illuminate works of public art • Offer incentives for water-side cafés and eateries • Make locations available for vendors • Improve access for pedestrians and people with disabilities • In addition to the National Park Service canal boats, consider adding a water taxi port Improve historic • properties where Central Street meets the Pawtucket Canal

Merrimack River

Recommendations • Light up bridges, pedestrian paths, and • Riverwalk extension • Light up river facades of Boott Mills and Massachusetts Mills • Add temporary public art and additional river features • Consider water taxi port locations and more active uses • Connect Centralville and Downtown through activities, events, and park and pedestrian improvements

Cox Bridge

Existing Bridge Lighting

Existing Bridge Lighting

Light Pattern Possibilities

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Pattern 1: Colored Segments

Merrimack Canal Lighting District

“With a little effort, one could readily transform the huge mills, thus illuminated, into palaces lighted up for festival occasions . . . .”    –– John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Lighting Up,” 1843

Lighting OpportunitieS

Demonstration Projects in Lowell

Photo by Kevin Harkins

Wannalancit Mills annual smokestack lighting, 2015

Photo by Fred Faust

Lowell Walks, 2016

Photo by Jim Higgins

ARTVentures by Jay Hungate, Brush Gallery Artists, Jim Higgins, Jerry Beck, Pete Pedulla, and local community members, 2007

Photo by James Hogan

Veils of Color by Barbara Pool, Pawtucket Canal, 2016

Placemaking Around the Country

Photo by Bianca Mauro

Lawn on D, Boston, MA, 2015

Photo by John Simonetti

WaterFire, Providence, RI

Tom Tom Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 2013

International Precedents

Naviglio Grande, Milan, Italy

Lyon Light Festival, France c. 1643

Badeschiff Pool on the Danube River, Vienna, Austria, c. 2006

The Pool by Jen Lewin Studio, Instanbul Light Festival, Turkey, 2015

Flying Dutchman by Visual Skin, Amsterdam Light Festival, Netherlands, 2015

timeline of action steps

FEBRUARY 2017

SPRING 2017

SUMMER/FALL 2017

PHASE I

PHASE I

PHASE II

Publish Final Action Plan Begin Monthly Meetings Form Steering Committee and Subcommittees

Launch Fundraising Campaign. Hire initial staff

Set First-Year Budget (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)

Western Canal/ Ecumenical Plaza (Acre Neighborhood)

Cox Bridge Lighting (Merrimack River)

Lower Locks (Pawtucket Canal, Eastern Canal, and Concord River)

2016

2017 JAN.

FEB

MAR

APR.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUG.

SEPT.

OCt.

NOV.

DEC.

2018 PHASE II

2019

PHASE III

2020 PHASE IV

2021

PHASE V

PHASE III

PHASE IV

PHASE V

Ouellette Bridge Lighting (Merrimack River)

Hamilton Canal Innovation District/Swamp Locks (Pawtucket Canal, Merrimack

Lucy Larcom Park/ Merrimack Canal (subject to project schedule for Lowell

High School renovation)

Budget CAPITAL BUDGET – RIVERS 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 RIVERS (RIVERWALK BY CITY) COX BRIDGE $500,000 OUELLETTE BRIDGE $500,000 OTHER, RIVER $200,000 $200,000 SUBTOTAL $500,000 $500,000 $200,000 $200,000 CANAL EXTEND CANAL IMPROVEMENTS $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 CANAL LIGHTING/DOWNTOWN DISTRICTS $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 CANAL ACCESS/SIGNS (BY OTHERS) $355,000 CANAL BEAUTIFICATION/GREENSCAPE $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 CANAL ECON. DEV. LOANS LDFC/CITY LDFC/CITY LDFC/CITY LDFC/CITY LDFC/CITY SUBTOTAL $555,000 $150,000 $350,000 $150,000 $350,000 ANNUAL TOTAL $1,055,000 $650,000 $550,000 $350,000 $350,000 FIVE YR. PERIOD, CAPITAL $2,955,000 AVAILABLE OR COMMITTED $(1,055,000) OPERATING BUDGET 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 OFFICE AND ADMINSTRATION $20,000 $35,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 PERSONNEL    DIRECTOR/FUNDRAISER $40,000 $60,000 $62,000 $64,000 $66,000    OTHER STAFF $40,000 $42,000 $44,000 $46,000    MARKETING $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000    EVENTS/LHP AND OTHERS $25,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $125,000   CONSULTING/MISC. $40,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 ANNUAL TOTAL $125,000 $255,000 $309,000 $348,000 $387,000 FIVE YR. PERIOD, OPERATING $1,424,000

Special Thanks to our supporters PROJECT PARTNERS

LOWELL HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP

City of Lowell Board of Directors Mayor Edward Kennedy Deb Belanger Vice Chair Daniel Rourke Jane Calvin Councilor Corey Belanger Phala Chea Councilor Rodney Elliott Yun-Ju Choi Councilor John Leahy Veronica Demers Councilor James Leary Fred Faust Councilor Rita Mercier Gray Fitzsimons Councilor James Milinazzo James Gaffney Councilor Bill Samaras Barbara Gilbert City Manager Kevin Murphy Pauline Golec Department of Planning and Development Gordon Halm Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events Janet Leggat Congressional Representative Bill Lipchitz Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Richard Lockhart Lowell State House Delegation Paul Marion Senator Eileen Donoghue Representative Tom Golden Representative Rady Mom Representative David Nangle

Tobias Marx Martha Mayo Charles Nikitopoulos James Ostis Nancy Pitkin Sovanna Pouv Todd Smith Sayon Soeun Stephen Stowell Marie Sweeney Sean Thibodeau Amy Elizabeth Uebel Ex-Officio Members Peter Aucella Celeste Bernardo

Solomon Office Daniel Solomon Koff Grga Basic Stephanie Bracconier Nick Vandenberg Jamie Boudreau, Airgoz

How you can participate Engagement Today to the future

[VIDEO]

CounCilor William Samaras

Q&A Your suggestions and questions are welcome

Thank You For being part of the waterways vitality plan