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Where the riverwalk ends.

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 by

The weather was beautiful Sunday. Hoping to reverse the effects of our Easter gluttony, we decided to head down to the newly opened Haverhill Riverwalk and get our power walk on.

Problem is, the riverwalk is 300 feet.

I mean, they’re glorious and all, don’t get me wrong, but that’s barely a stroll! It looks more like the parking lot was jealous of The Tap and went out and got it’s own totally kick ass deck. (There were two ladies sunbathing on it.)

Well, I guess this is only Phase A, right?  I checked the mayor’s monthly newsletter:

Phase B awaits further funding.


What DID seem to get funding though, was PHASE C! which is a more nature trail-esque walk on the Bradford side of the Merrimack. From the Mass Highway Dept. project web site:

The project begins at the Route 125 bridge over the Merrimack River and ends at the Gonzalian Bridge near the MBTA commuter rail station in Bradford. The section is approximately 3700 feet long. A linear park and interpretive elements are planned as well as several gateway entrances and parking.

So, we have that to look forward to…in 2015!

But hey, being a true Hillie is all about patience. Plus, we didn’t let the slow grinding gears of progress stop us. We enjoyed our own (albeit somewhat gritty) riverwalk behind Washington and Merrimack Streets instead. I give you the Haverhill Fever Back Alley Riverwalk!

Behind Washington St. Haverhill

To begin, cut across Riverfront Park.  If you’re lucky, your gateway to the Haverhill Fever Back Alley Riverwalk is pleasantly scented of beer brewing at The Tap. (It was Whittier White when we were passing by) Here are some of the more scenic highlights:

Like Swayze.

Like Swayze.

Hellllllo, Newman.

Helllllllo, Newman’s.

Working Man's Parking

Behind Woolworth's

The Haverhill Fever Back Alley Riverwalk’s colorful conclusion.

I don’t know. I’ll be excited when the new riverwalk is finally finished, but in the meantime, this one isn’t half bad. There’s interesting architecture, a glimpse into local culture, and even some art!

*shrug* I guess you can take your time, 2015.

5 Responses to “Where the riverwalk ends.”

  1. Allan says:

    NOT looking fwd to 2015! I’ll be in my THIRTIES for god’s sake!

  2. Cosmic Amanda says:

    Ouch, Hough. That smarts!

  3. Jeremiah says:

    What are you talking about, the Newman’s sign isn’t that creepy… I personally love the end of this riverwalk, but probably for different reasons that it should be loved by the community.

  4. Cosmic Amanda says:

    I don’t know, I think it’s pretty creepy! That being said, I never want to see it disappear. I was going to make a joke about it being declared an historical landmark like the Citgo sign in Boston, but thought Newman’s is worthy of its own full-fledged post sometime.

    I’m with you, Jeremiah. I started thinking “maybe next time we walk through I’ll pick up some of the trash,” but I worry that will almost spoil the ambience.

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