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.