Helping Centralville Connect
Do-it-Yourself Lowell and the City of Lowell are partnering on two projects in Centralville to encourage folks to get outside; walk, roll, or bike; and explore their neighborhood.
THE RIVER PATH project is funded by the Solomon Foundation's Streets for Recovery program and managed by DIY Lowell. We'll make small improvements to identify and brighten up the riverside path between Bridge Street and Aiken Street in 2020 and 2021. We're considering signage, art, plantings in the park, and more. We'll also focus on the path's entryways such as Blue Star Park on the corner of Bridge Street and the VFW Highway.
HEALTHY WALKING TRAILS is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and managed by the City of Lowell. We'll be creating one or more trails in late 2020 or early 2021! These roughly one-mile trails will be on the sidewalks and existing walking paths in your neighborhood, marked by signs with directions. They will be in safe, well-lit areas. We want them to encourage everyone to take a healthy walk once a week or more.
We're getting community input on both projects! Please share this survey with anyone who lives, works, or visits Centralville.
First things first!
We need to know a little bit about you so we know we're reaching all types of people. You may skip any question you don't want to answer.
How are you related to Centralville? (Zip Code 01850, check as many as apply)
I live there
I work there
I often walk, roll, or bicycle in Centralville (at least once a week)
I often visit Centralville (at least once a week)
I don't often visit Centralville
How do you identify?
Prefer not to say
How old are you?
65 or older
What is your race/ethnicity? (Check all that apply)
Please write your email address if you'd like updates or to volunteer with either of the projects!
The path that's shown above--the green line--goes by many names. We want to find the best name to put on signs and maps. What name would you suggest? (We might do a vote before we make the sign!)
Do you use the path currently?
If you use the path, what improvements would you like to see? If not, what would encourage you to try it out or use it more?
Art on signs or banners along the path
Wayfinding signs and maps
More regular mowing and cleanups
A light under the bridge
If we make permanent signs identifying the path, should they be... (Check all that apply)
Classic and Vintage
Modern and Refined
Quirky and Fun
Bold and Colorful
Natural Materials (Wood and stone)
Human-made Materials (Metal and concrete)
Blue Star Park is the name of the park on the corner of Bridge and VFW, and it's an entry to the river path. Recently, many of the plants were removed to improve visibility. What should we replant?
Maximum Visibility - Grass and other ground coverings
Plants that are good for butterflies and pollinators
Small flower beds with perennials like Tulips
Low Maintenance - Only shrubs and bushes, please
Anything else you want to tell us about the River Path?
Healthy Walking Trails are trails on sidewalks and through parks marked by signs similar to the ones above. Do you think you or someone in your family would use Healthy Walking Trails in Centralville?
Would you walk on a trail on any of the following streets—pick as many as you like:
Bridge Street near the Bridge Street Bridge
Bridge Street near Market Basket/Beacon Street near Gage Park
Hildreth Street near MacPhearson Park and Hildreth Cemetery
The walking path along the Merrimack River (mentioned above)
Beacon Street near the Reservoir
6th Street Near Eagle Park
Are there some streets/places you think we should avoid for the trails?
We want to put interesting stuff on the signs to make the walks more fun! Would you prefer to see the signs have: (Pick as many as you want)
Local artwork by kids or professionals
Historical facts and trivia
Fun and engaging physical fitness activities to do along the route
Jack Kerouac facts
Identification of trees and other nature facts
Any other thoughts you have about Healthy Walking Trails?
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