The Board of Directors of the Hoosic River Revival has chosen the location for the first phase of its restoration of the Hoosic River. The mile-long focus of their revitalization work will be the South Branch, from Foundry Road to the bridge connecting the former Sons of Italy to Heritage Park, one of seven potential restoration options recommended by their consultants. Although the project is still in the ‘conceptual drawing’ phase, it is likely that the primary restoration work will be on the northern half mile (see drawing below).
This restoration project reflects the priorities highlighted by the community in the many public meetings held by the River Revival and those of the River Revival Board of Directors and Advisors:
*same flood protection
* a much wider, healthier river with many recreation and small commercial opportunities, such as fishing, kayaking, bicycling
*a continuation of the Ashuwillticook Bike Path with spur trails leading to the river
*access to downtown via an underground tunnel
*easy connection to the Greylock Market (renovated Heritage Park)
* walking distance to the future Scenic Rail
* opportunities to see and be close to the river
* adjacent areas for hiking, biking, running, picnicking, and bird watching
* space for the North Adams History and Science Museum and the Hoosac Tunnel Museum.