Plans for a whitewater park in Franklin, New Hampshire received a huge boost on Monday when it was announced the project had received $430,000 in funding.

The proposed park would be located on a stretch of the Winnipesaukee River that drops more than 7.7 feet over a 1.25-mile section, offering prime whitewater rafting.

According to an article on, the project is the brainchild of Marty Parichand, who runs Outdoor New England in Franklin, a shop that sells kayaking gear. He founded Mill City Park, a state-licensed non-profit to advance the idea.

The $430,000 is made up of $180,000 in federal grant funds and a $250,000 donation from Franklin Savings Bank.

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