Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk

Updated March 9, 2022

PROJECT BACKGROUND:  The Town has spent many years evaluating public uses for the 22 acre town-owned former drive-in property at 669 Route 28, which was originally purchased in 1985 for recreational purposes.  Although plans for the site had originally included a public/private marina, concerns about financial viability led the Board of Selectmen to form the Drive-In Site Utilization Committee (DISUC) in 2015 to investigate other uses for the property. 

The DISUC underwent a multi-year investigative process including a detailed Feasibility and Concept Design Study for a Riverwalk Park along the Parkers River, a raised Boardwalk and an Event Space for periodic events.  A robust public participation process was included in the study to garner stakeholder input.  Various modifications and compromises were made to the design concepts to help mitigate concerns and issues identified through this process, the most notable being a looped Boardwalk rather than one that went over the marsh to Seagull Beach.  Additional information on the process, final recommendations and project costs can be found in the Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk Feasibility/Concept Design Study Report, dated August 2018, available at the Link below.

CURRENT STATUS:  With the support of the Board of Selectmen, Town Staff and the DISUC Committee are moving forward with the Riverwalk Park, looped Boardwalk and Event Space.  In July 2021, consultant BETA was engaged to further develop the design concepts into construction documents and obtain the necessary permitting for the project.  A presentation was given in May 2022 to the Board of Selectmen, updating them on the project and is available at the Link below.

Riverwalk Park: The Riverwalk Park continues to be refined to create a variety of amenities including parking, pathways, restrooms, landscaping with native vegetation, lawn area with shade structure, various seating options, interactive natural playscape area, kayak launch, interpretive signage, space for artist shanties and public art, and a large special event area.  The park is also being designed to accommodate a future wastewater pump station as part of the Town’s clean water initiative.

Event Space
The Event Space is envisioned to draw people periodically to Yarmouth for a variety of special events sponsored by different organizations and may include outdoor movies, themed festivals, carnivals, craft fairs, car or boat shows, and family oriented live performances and/or concerts.  BETA is working on developing plans for site improvements to support these events such as new utilities (electrical service and power stations, water service, perimeter site lighting, and Wi-Fi); grading and greening of the site; locations for temporary event parking, porta-johns, and food vendors; and optimizing the location for a temporary stage.