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Canoe and Kayak Launch opens on Cocheco River

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Rochester Riverwalk Committee chair Stacey Marchionni is pleased to announce the grand opening of the EZ Launch Kayak & Canoe Dock in Hanson Pines, along the Cocheco River. 

The launch site is located at the end of Hillsdale Street, off Chestnut Hill Road. There is limited parking available with loading and unloading access. There is also parking available at the Rochester Community Center. 

“We hope that you all can enjoy this beautiful section of the Cocheco River,” said Riverwalk chair Stacey Marchionni. “We hope residents and visitors will be respectful of this lovely, quiet neighborhood as they use the launch. It’s a carry in, carry out area with limited parking but it’s just a short walk from the Community Center.” 

“The launch was funded with individual donations and a grant from the Rochester CDBG program,” explained Marchionni. The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Communities Grant Program (CDBG) provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons. 

“We will continue to seek support from potential sponsors, grant programs, and individual donors in order to fund a variety of additional enhancement projects along the riverwalk.”

The Rochester Riverwalk Committee meets every fourth Thursday of the month in the Cocheco Room (City Hall Annex, 2nd floor) from 6-7:30pm. Visit www.rochesternh.net to learn more. 

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