Skip to main content

Home >

Riverfront Master Plan

Riverfront near term planRiverfront Long term
Near-Term and Long-Term Concepts
Dartmouth College Riverfront Master Planning
March 29, 2011


Near-Term (< 5 years) Long Term (> 5 years)
PARKING Maintain as many of the existing 228 spaces in best possible layout for river and users. Convert surface to pervious asphalt. Clearly ID parking for people with disabilities and van access. Specifically allocate spaces to riverfront users. Maximize riverfront naturalization with existing recreation users. Reduce number of parking spaces to 50 only for river-dependent uses. Maintain vegetated overflow areas for crew trailer parking.
BUILDINGS / STORAGE No net increase in footprint of structures. Renovations of Ledyard Clubhouse and removal of one or more of Ledyard sheds next to river. Possible expansion of fuller to north for whitewater boats. Interior upgrades to FODR Boathouse. Build kiosk for swim docks for life guards, storage, and monitoring screen. Remove swimming storage box. Remove all old docks and debris from riverfront. Accommodate increased storage space needs by constructing new Fuller boathouse into hillside that is double current size.
Stormwater Begin treatment and reduction program. Reduce impervious cover in the state-protected shoreland to 5-10% of area. Capture and treat runoff near proposed dock. Move parking away from river and convert parking lot to pervious asphalt to promote infiltration. Treat stormwater in bio-swales, vegetated buffers, and detention ponds near river. Monitor outfall of new stormwater line currently being installed. Attain a level of no adverse impact to river from local uses. Naturalize the riverfront and promote natural filtering, infiltration, and treatment. Utilize upslope treatment options before direct piping to river where unavoidable. Minimize parking and maximize stormwater treatment
Snow Removal Continue as existing, trying to avoid sewer pump area. Designate storage areas on proposed parking layout. Truck snow out of riverfront area until number of parking spaces reduced to 50. Then create stockpile area away from river.
Power Upgrade and install power feeds as needed. Change to underground service with transformer located near Wheelock Street rather than dispersed meters
Lighting Install safety light at dock Remove existing lighting on telephone poles and box lights and update to campus and town standards.
Communications Utilize existing service, including wi-fi, for communications along riverfront. Expand underground service from main campus to run full campus internet and phone system to riverfront including fire warning system.
Sewer Establish town easement to existing pump station and agreement on plan for pump relocation. Explore sewer line relocation as part of Ledyard renovations. Town to move pump house away from river. College to provide easement for town and to assist with design of exterior aesthetics.
Water Supply Remain as existing. Update main from Wheelock Street.
Swimming Permit and construct new student swim dock and ADA-accessible landing with monitoring station and improved operations.  
Rowing Improve boat access ramp to minimize erosion potential of boat launch ramp (pervious pavement and erosion controls), make ADA accessible, and allow for van and trailers to be able to get to water. Dredge gravel out of dock area and add new section of dock for coaching launches. Adjust uses of space as appropriate following FODR Boat House renovations and construction of new Fuller Boat House.
Paddling Improve operations for college and public rental offerings at the clubhouse.  
Walking / Running Trails Lay out trail system along riverfront originating from Wheelock Street and ending beyond Ledyard. Construct components adjacent to parking lot and swim docks. Establish full trail network by river with seating to attract people to riverfront for exercise and to enjoy Connecticut River. AT spur trail designation? No formal trials on hillside to avoid erosion. Seek permissions and easements for trail system to legally extend north.
EVENTS Maintain existing space in parking lot for event tent (40' x 120'). Create vegetated space along river for temporary use by events in more natural setting, especially once parking levels are reduced in the future.
Vegetation Perform one round of intensive invasive species removal and native plantings along the river bank and upper terrace. Expand areas of native vegetation. Naturalize riverfront with revegetation projects. Maximize wild vegetation spaces to create habitat niches. Create mowing and vegetation maintenance plan that minimizes maintenance needs and allow portions of riverfront to be more wild.
West Campus Entrance Replace metal guard rails at entrance with simple wood rails with existing brick pillars, and new College sign. Retain rustic feel of riverfront and create more natural feeling location.
Education Install initial interpretive signage near new swim dock about the Connecticut River and flow monitoring. Create several interpretive signs to educate trail users about treating stormwater runoff, the CT River flyway and bald eagles, hydropower, etc.
BICYCLE / PEDESTRIAN Install bike rack at swim dock and at top and bottom of new stairs at Tuck Drive. Establish obvious pedestrian walking areas in future parking lot to increase safety. Create a more open and safe riverfront for pedestrian following reduction of parking spaces.

Last Updated: 7/9/13