The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is giving half a million to Franklin to help build a pedestrian walkway for the city’s trestle bridge.
The city plans to use the $512,000 state grant to build a walkway for its old railroad bridge, which has been out of commission for many years. The Concord Monitor reports the walkway will connect the proposed 11-acre Mill City Park with the existing Winnipesaukee River Trail.
The park is planned to house a community garden, pavilion and two public bathrooms. Organizers say the park will be free to the public and construction is planned for this year.
Mayor Tony Giunta says the grant is an encouraging step forward in the process to finalize plans for the park.