Groundbreaking without cost whitewater and recreation Mill Metropolis Park in Franklin coming

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New Hampshire is only months away from the home of New England’s first whitewater park. The massive redesign of downtown Franklin includes a park and camping area. The Mill City Part in Franklin Falls has been in the works for years. The nonprofit will turn downtown Franklin into a whitewater park surrounded by hiking and biking trails, camping, and even an amphitheater. “There are about 300 white water parks in the country, there are over 30 in Colorado alone, but there aren’t any up here,” said Mill City Park founder Marty Parichand. Construction of the park is scheduled to begin in July. Waves are built in the Winnipesaukee River year round for kayaking, boogie boarding, and white water rafting. The opening is planned for the end of September. “We’re reinventing ourselves in the outdoor recreational community and the whitewater park is the anchor, but we have a few other things going on,” said Judie Milner, manager of Franklin City that will be a free community adventure park featuring mountain biking and climbing. Camping and cabin rentals will help fund the park. Officials expect more than 160,000 visitors a year. “This area around us is on the edge of the lake region and has been forgotten, so we’re going to rebuild this whole area,” said Milner.

New Hampshire is only months away from the home of New England’s first whitewater park. The massive redesign of downtown Franklin includes a park and a campground.

Mill City Part in Franklin Falls has been in the works for years. The nonprofit will turn downtown Franklin into a whitewater park surrounded by hiking and biking trails, camping, and even an amphitheater.

“There are about 300 white water parks in the country, there are over 30 in Colorado alone, but there aren’t any up here,” said Mill City Park founder Marty Parichand.

Construction of the park is scheduled to begin in July. Waves are built in the Winnipesaukee River year round for kayaking, boogie boarding, and white water rafting. The opening is planned for the end of September.

“We’re reinventing ourselves in the outdoor recreational community and the whitewater park is the anchor, but we have a few other things to do,” said Judie Milner, manager of Franklin City.

The groundbreaking project on 13 acres of land owned by the city that turns into a free community adventure park with mountain biking and climbing.

Camping and cabin rentals help fund the park. Officials expect more than 160,000 visitors a year.

“This area around us is on the edge of the lake region and has been forgotten. So we will rebuild the entire area,” said Milner.