Littleton NH River District

The River District

River District Redevelopment Update

Thanks to the outstanding support and investments from local businesses and the Town of Littleton, River District Redevelopment construction continues. The funds invested in recent years by the Town and local businesses provided seed money to secure several million dollars of state and federal funding for the project.

We're excited to see these improvements moving ahead for our Town and the economic and community development impact they'll have.

The River District Commission is a master-planned community group of state and town officials and local residents dedicated to revitalizing the Ammonoosuc River district in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Ammonoosuc Riverwalk Covered Bridge
Riverwalk Covered Bridge - Constructed in 2004

Major Milestones

In 2014, $250,000 was raised in private donations to fund the first round of improvements to the River District thanks to the generosity of our local businesses. This included arches to the Main Street entrances to the district (Mill Street and the Pollyanna Gateway) as well as complete reconstruction of the sidewalk and fencing along the Mill Street Parking area, clearing of brush to open the river up, and a cobblestone viewing platform overlooking the Ammonoosuc River.

Following a narrow defeat at the 2015 Town Meeting, the Commission came back to the voters in 2016 with a comprehensive plan to continue upgrading the River District, which easily won. This allotted $900,000 to be used as matching funds for outside grants. Numerous grants were applied for and received, including $500,000 in State of NH CDBG fundsand$1,000,000 from the federal EDA to upgrade infrastructure improvements along Saranac, Ammonoosuc, & Mill Streets, as well as $400,000 of CDFA tax credits and $250,000 from Northern Border Regional Commission to complete the multi-modal bridge on Bridge Street. Also part of the funding achieved in 2016 was $800,000 from a Federal TAP grant for the Littleton Sidewalk connectivity Project which funds sidewalk reconstruction on eight different downtown streets including the long-awaited Cottage Street improvement. This adds to funding for the already approved Safe Routes to School project which brings much needed renovations to the pleasant street and union street sidewalks as well as entrances to Lakeway Elementary School.

The last phase of major construction for the River District is the connectivity of the multi modal bridge on Bridge Street, to the reconfiguration of the east entrance of Saranac Street, and Phase 2 Reconstruction of Main Street. These projects are seeking funding while plans for a outside venue near the end of the covered bridge are developing!

Enjoy the River District of Littleton. Start under the Pollyanna Gateway on Main Street, walk through Porter Lane and land near the covered bridge. From the covered bridge you can walk down a gravel path to the famous suspension bridge. Then loop further to the Bridge Street Bridge or walk back on Mill Street to Main Street. Enjoy the river, greenery and discover parts of Littleton you may not know!

How You Can Help

Get involved, ask questions! Contact John Hennessey, Commission Chair: (603)444-3504 or;
David Ernsberger, Marketing, Special Projects, and Funding Chair: or (210)387-4627.

Pollyanna Gateway
Pollyanna Gateway


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