About Us

The Willimantic Whitewater Partnership is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization formed in 2002 by environmentalists, whitewater kayaking enthusiasts and dedicated community members with the mission to recapture the waterfront of the Willimantic River by developing an urban waterfront and whitewater park.

From the start, our vision for the park included creating a green space and recreation hub for the community that increases safe access to the river for residents and restores the river's migratory fish populations. Future plans include a resource for environmental research, serving as a welcome center for hikers and cyclists and a place to support Willimantic's growth of  transcultural arts and economic enterprise.

In 2006, 3.4 acres were purchased from the former textile mill property in downtown Willimantic. Since then, our efforts have focused on extensive site clean-up (removing underground fuel tanks and other spot remediation) and working with the town and state to complete the Willimantic River Trail, linking three hiking trail networks.

Board Members

Jana B. Roberson, President                                   Dan Mullins, Vice President
Director of Community Development                       Executive Director, Eastern CT Conservation District
Town of Brooklyn, CT                                                 Windham Public Schools

Leigh Duffy, Secretary                                             Mark Granville, Treasurer
Director                                                                      President
Windham Region No Freeze Center                          CT Eastern Railroad Museum &
VP Brooks Environmental Consulting

Jim Turner
Director of Communications, Horizons, Inc.

Barbara McGrath, Attorney & Director, CT Urban Legal Initiative, Inc.
Herb Bush, Environmental Engineer
Jean de Smet, IBEW LU 35 Electrician Retired, Community Organizer, Former First Selectwoman
Zac Stygar, University Assistant, PC Tech, ECSU
Richard Gold, Commercial Real Estate Broker, Prue Realty
Kris Locke,