In the last Village Vision committee, audience member Nancy Wright mentioned this new park when she was up in that area the weekend before. I drove up to have a look and it is still a work in progress, but one can see the possibilities.
The Dam Ice Cream shop property was bought by resident Peter Smart in an effort to protect the dam which is in serious disrepair and in danger of being abandoned and drained. The dam itself is owned by an abutter who is trying to sell.
The property was bought with private funds and the work to build the new park was done by volunteers. The vision was to create a public green space.
The area is not the quietest and the traffic on Rt 16 is at least comparable to our own Rt 25. Crossing the road is also a problem with so many cars and two intersections.
Much more info on this transformation can be found here on the Chocorua Park Facebook page and this article in the Conway Daily Sun.
|This is the site where the "Dam Ice Cream Shop was located|
|The Dam Ice Cream Shop just before demolition|
|Entrance to the new park on Rt. 16 looking north. Note the old style looking street|
lamps and the little patches of brick. It is a theme carried through the entire area.
|Park bench under a street lamp on Rt 16.|
|Stairs down to the park accessed from the sidewalk.|
|Nice view of the dam and the water sounds drown out the traffic noise|
|Looking south on Rt 16 toward Ossipee. Note the brick divider on the left .|
Approximately 15 parking spaces were carved out
along Rt 16.