Boat ramp work welcomed

After several years of planning, it looks like a new boat ramp will be constructed on the Merrimack River in Greeley Park.

Officials announced that access will be improved – for recreational and emergency personnel use – and a total of 24 parking spaces will be added. Twelve of those spots will be for cars with rooftop kayaks and canoes and 12 for boat trailers.

In addition, there will be a handicap-accessible ramp, while there is talk of re-routing the access road, all while maintaining a natural aesthetic. One trailer and one car space will be made accessible for vans.

Other project goals are to reroute stormwater outfall and, possibly, resurfacing and regrading the boat ramp.

“It is not equipped for today’s boats and trailers,” Nashua Community Development Director Sarah Marchant said. “It’s not a good ramp for emergency access and this is the only emergency access point to the Merrimack River in Nashua.”

Marchant said final engineering is upcoming, and bids will be accepted this winter, into spring.

Other possible work includes turning the nearby dirt trail into a pedestrian walking path and placing a gate at the meeting point of the existing road and the new road.

The curfew for using the boat ramp will be dawn to dusk.

The new ramp will be a welcome addition for recreation lovers in the area, and certainly will be beneficial to emergency services and New Hampshire Fish and Game officials if a water rescue operation is needed.

This gives local residents another option to enjoy family fun and make memories right here in our own community. Let’s hope the project is complete come summertime.