A Message To Our Community

Dear Friends and Partners of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative,

During this challenging time of physical distance, we are reminded of the need to stay socially connected.

The impulse to reach out, check in, and provide support to one another exemplifies the civic responsibility we share as residents of Lowell. It is precisely this sense of solidarity that will get us through this period of uncertainty.

Feel free to check in with us regularly on our website, twitter, and facebook page to stay up to date on our activities. Be assured that we are using this time to plan for the future in our efforts to preserve our city’s rich cultural heritage and water resources.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with you and your families as we work through these difficult conditions.

Best Wishes,

Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative

Purple Loosestrifes bloom on the banks of the Merrimack River | Image Credit: National Park Service

The Action Plan

In February 2017, Lowell Waterways unveiled its five-year action plan with a mission to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active, and vibrant.


The Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative was first introduced publicly in January, 2016, when more than 100 people gathered at the Luna Theatre in Mill No. 5 to witness a vision of Lowell’s waterways at their best. The Lowell Heritage Partnership and the City of Lowell collaborated to develop an Action Plan to make that vision a reality. The fledging group added public and institutional partners such as Lowell National Historical Park and Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

The initiative engaged Solomon Office to develop a plan, created a steering committee of community leaders, and held multiple community visioning sessions and demonstration projects. The result was the February 2017 Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative Action Plan.

To see a list of steering committee members, click here.

Waterways Partners

News and Blog

Lowell Waterways Hires Two New Staff Members

Earlier this year, Waterways welcomed Malika Leiper and Jonathan Geer to the team to further the objectives of our Action Plan. This plan includes implementing lighting activities, supporting events, recreation, development, and arts and cultural programs centered around the city’s historic waterways. We are thrilled to bring on two individuals with diverse perspectives, experience, and …