Building Better Connected, Equitable, and Sustainable Communities
Birch Ridge Community Forest
New Durham, New Hampshire
The Southeast Land Trust, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, and the Merrymeeting Lake Association partnered to purchase and permanently conserve 2,000+ acres in New Durham, NH. Our role in this effort was to guide the establishment of a Steering Committee and facilitate community engagement related to the creation of Birch Ridge Community Forest. This included design and facilitation of an engaging public forum structured as a world café event.
Mill City Park
Franklin, New Hampshire
The City of Franklin has been undergoing a series of redevelopment efforts working to increase local economic opportunity, improve quality of life, and build a better connected, equitable, and sustainable city. Mill City Park at Franklin Falls is a non-profit organization based in Franklin whose mission is to create the City’s first whitewater and outdoor adventure park in the northeast. This project is centered around leveraging Franklin’s assets to create a one-of-a-kind experience in Franklin that will attract tourists, stimulate the local economy, create community gathering space, and embody ecological design principles. An 11-acre parcel of land along the Winnipesaukee River was secured for this project and in 2018, RP&D was hired to create a master plan for the future park. The Master Plan provided a concept layout for the site and a framework for planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Mill City Park that is grounded in permaculture design principles and sustainable land use techniques. The design includes trails, mountain bike pump track, parkour area, amphitheater, climbing wall, natural play spaces for children, and a community garden.
Grey Rocks Design
Hebron, New Hampshire
In 2016 we were retained by the Newfound Lake Region Association to evaluate a two-acre property that was once the site of a marina. The design included a plan for the future NLRA headquarters and featured low-impact development techniques, new walking paths, shoreland gardens, picnic areas, and a site for a future building. This Permaculture inspired effort also included an outreach and engagement program that included local residents in the site evaluation and the initial phases of design.
“I have worked with Resilience Planning & Design collaboratively for years, first in planning and now in ecological education and design. I always enjoy working with them because they are so passionate and deeply committed to this important work. They have a way of sharing so much knowledge and yet keeping it light and fun. I often hear people comment on how inspired they are by their work and dedication. I am one of those people.”
Stacey Doll, Root to Rise