FBCA looking across the Bay towards the Smith River outfall
The View Late in the Season Towards the Smith River Falls and the old Excelsior Factory

The Front Bay Park project is an undertaking by the Wolfeboro Conservation Commission, committed members of the public, and donors large and small, to plan, layout, and construct a recreational area park open to all. Full ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) is one of the project’s goals for the principal and majority of the features planned for the site. The park’s plans call for walking paths, a gazebo-style shelter, a small boat pull-out, resting areas and benches, picnic spaces and tables throughout the nearly 11 acre site. Funding for the project is entirely privately raised, with no federal or state monies solicited. The foundational grant of $30,000 from an anonymous Wolfeboro resident is accompanied by a $30,000 challenge grant contingent upon raising an additional $60,000 by March, 2012. [UPDATE: Challenge met, all grant monies received, the park project is fully funded].

The raw site as it was in June, 2011 is described on the relevant Local Conservation Assets page on this site. Records of donations to the build out costs of the project are described on the Funding and Donations page. Progress reports of the work of building the park are described on the Progress Reports page.

Local press reports are the bedrock for the publicity of local, community based projects such as this. In The Granite State News the Wolfeboro Conservation Commission enjoys the benefit of an enlightened editor and a percipient publisher both of whom understand and appreciate the importance of local ecology, not only for its own sake, but also for the continuing economic health of this tourist-centered town. The Granite State News maintains a searchable database of articles about events and institutions in Wolfeboro. Please visit the Salmon Press website for details.

They're ready for Spring, too
They’re Ready for Spring (March, 2012)