Berwick Recreation Master Plan

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In 2016, Envision Berwick and the Berwick Recreation Commission formed a temporary subcommittee to explore the recreation needs and desires of townspeople and to articulate a vision for meeting them over the next 20 years. The Berwick Recreation Master Plan (Rec Plan), when approved, will fulfill that charge and become an addendum to the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

Recreation includes a wide variety of activities that people pursue during their leisure time. By participating in these activities, people improve their physical health and mental well-being while improving quality of life in their community through shared activity.

Berwick residents have, for many years, put time and energy into improving recreational opportunities in town. From team sports to personal exploration, from arts and crafts to lectures, and from story time to parades, the community has broadly defined “recreation” and worked hard to build and maintain diverse programs.

In recent years, some prominent recreation-related projects have included a new canoe/kayak launch on the Salmon Falls River; new trails at Penny Pond, Keay Brook, and Brooks Farm; a new park at Great Falls, and the acquisition of a strategically located parcel on Sullivan Street.
These projects have enhanced civic engagement while providing tangible benefits to the community. With this momentum and a culture of volunteerism, recreation is being considered during the planning of transformative projects such as those at the former Prime Tanning site and new Public Safety Complex.
The Recreation Master Planning Committee (Committee) has sought to develop a plan that provides for active1 and passive2 recreation in Berwick over at least two decades, first by evaluating and improving existing town resources, then by identifying new projects that meet the expressed desires of residents for a recreationally vibrant town.