Riverfront Island Master Plan

Lewiston's Riverfront Master Plan Strategy


The RIMP Update begun in 2022 is now complete. The City would like to thank the consultant team, led by Halvorson Tighe & Bond Studio, for their work. The update to the original plan includes the canals, the riverfront trail, and Simard-Payne Memorial Park and Veterans Park, and explores better access from Lisbon Street to the riverfront, as well as including a market analysis to assist the City in its economic development efforts in this part of the downtown. The Riverfront Island Master Plan Update will be a guiding document for municipal expenditures to improve pedestrian connectivity and to improve engagement through upgrades to public spaces.

2023 Riverfront Island Master Plan Update

Riverfront Island Master Plan Update- Executive Summary

2023 Riverfront Island Master Plan Update- Appendix


2012 Plan:

2012 Riverfront Master Plan
2012 Riverfront Master Plan Summary

Implementation Efforts Related to Lewiston’s Riverfront Island Master Plan (9/14/12)

  • Fitness Court on Riverfront Trail (2022)
  • Dock installation in Simard Payne Park (2021)
  • Beech Street vehicular bridge into SPP (2018) Canal clearing and fencing near Oxford Street & SPP (2020)
  • City acquisition of canals (2018)
  • Bike/Ped Upgrades: median in Cedar Street, pedestrian beacon crossing, and Lowne Bridge road diet to create bike lane (2018)
  • Potvin Park Improvements (2017)
  • Chinburg acquisition of Continental Mill
  • Oxford Street reconstruction (2015)
  • Amphitheater, river access, & electrical upgrade in SPP (2015)
  • Wayfinding signs (2015)
  • Simard Payne Park Gateway: Lincoln Street pedestrian connection (2014)
  • 2012 Riverfront Island Master Plan is adopted
  • 2010 City receives $900,000 HUD funding for creation of a Master Plan and implementation of riverfront revitalization

RIMP 2023 Update

Timeline of 2012 Master Plan Development

  • July 17, 2012- City Council unanimously adopted the Riverfront Island Master Plan as presented in May by the consulting firm Good Clancy
  • June 25, 2012- Planning Board recommended adoption of the Plan to the City Council
  • May 29, 2012- Joint City Council/Planning Board workshop to review final draft of the Plan
  • April 18, 2012- Final Advisory Committee Meeting
  • April 4, 2012- Final Public Workshop
  • January 18, 2012- Public Workshop at the Lewiston Public Library
  • November 16, 2011- Advisory Committee Meeting
  • September 14, 2011- Kick-off Informal Walking Tour of the Riverfront Island area with the design team and the public.

The Planning Board was designated as the entity responsible for providing oversight of the plan’s implementation and ensuring its sustainability by periodically reviewing progress and recommending changes and modifications as necessary throughout the implementation period.

Historic Bates Mill photos (Posted 12/19/11) 

Historic photos of Bates Mill 5 construction This is a large file of about 4 MB, so be patient. Photos where taken during construction in 1912.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas for the Riverfront Master Plan Committee meetings are also available in the Planning and Code Office.
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The most currently accepted meeting minutes of the Riverfront Master Plan Committee meetings are posted as soon as possible.
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