Second community meeting on Camden Riverwalk, Public Landing project tonight
CAMDEN - Camden will hold its second community meeting tonight, Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Celebration Life Family Church, in the Knox Mill complex at 40 Washington Street in Camden, to discuss the Riverwalk project and Public Landing redesign. Tonight's public forum will focus on the Camden Public Landing, including the best uses of the landing and the development of a redesign that will blend parking, working waterfront, and a pedestrian focused green space.
The first community meeting, which focused primarily on the Riverwalk project, was held at the Camden Rockport Middle School on April 1 and had 120 people in attendance. The goal of the meeting was to determine whether there was public support for the project and to get ideas that consultants can use to create a detailed project plan by October. The plan will include mapping, 3D models and schematics, a preliminary estimate of the project cost, a cost-benefit analysis, and a step-by-step implementation plan, including where to get funding for the project. It will also incorporate public input. At the April 1 meeting, the crowd in attendance supported a proposal to develop a trail that runs from Shirttail Point on upper Washington Street and follows the Megunticook River to the Camden Public Landing.
Given the large turnout at the first meeting, town officials expect another large turnout for this meeting. Anyone interested in attending tonight's meeting is advised to arrive early, beginning at 6 p.m., so that everyone has time to sign in and get seated prior to the meeting's start at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available across the street at the Public Safety complex or in the upper parking lot behind the Knox Mill. The town asks that people do not park in the lower parking lot behind the Knox Mill. Guests can enter through the double blue doors on the back side of the Knox Mill complex where they can then sign in, pick up a name tag and agenda, and proceed into the meeting room.
A section of the town's website has been dedicated to the project. For more information, visit the Camden Riverwalk and Public Landing project page.