by Charles Winokoor, Taunton Gazette (MA)
Kayaks and canoes should be slipping into the Taunton River by mid-September when the new Weir Village Riverfront Park on West Water Street opens to the public, according to Kevin Shea, Taunton’s economic and community development executive director.
The “passive recreation” public park, Shea said, will feature a 16-foot-wide boat ramp catering to kayaks and canoes with a separate aluminum gangway and a floating dock; a 1,000-foot-long paved walking path running parallel to the river; a sidewalk near the street; a small plaza in the middle with granite benches; and elevated lights running along the riverbank fence and in other areas.
The city became burdened with what eventually was deemed a contaminated brownfield site on the banks of the Taunton River — after the silver-plating company closed shop in 1986 and left the place vacant.
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