MANCHESTER — The Manchester Riverwalk Association has received two grants from local groups to assist in the organization's goal of building a river walk along the Batten Kill in downtown Manchester.

The Berkshire Bank Foundation gave a $5,000 gift toward the design and construction of four inviting gateways to lead visitors into the Riverwalk. The gateways will be used to draw pedestrians in to discover a beautiful meandering path in the middle of the town.

Another local Foundation, which desires to remain anonymous, has given a generous $7,500 gift to help with the design and engineering of a pedestrian bridge, which will be located just east of the Mill Pond. This bridge will enable visitors to walk between the Factory Point Town Green and Main Street while enjoying a wonderful view of the Batten Kill and the falls.

The Riverwalk Association committee is very excited about these gifts which will move it closer to the construction phase of what will be an important community project. Bill Laberge, president of the Board of Trustees, says; "We are delighted to receive support from these two local organizations. We are at the design stage right now and these grants will help us move forward with implementation of those designs. The Riverwalk we are creating will be a magnificent asset for the community and it is community support like this that will make it happen."


"We are so pleased to support this community project that will provide an aesthetic walkway along the river, allowing visitors to enjoy all that Manchester has to offer while safely navigating between two important destinations," said Lori Gazzillo, Berkshire Bank Foundation's Director. "This project aligns well with our Foundation's priorities of community development in the cities and towns that we serve, and we are proud to play a small role in helping it come to fruition."

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