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.
Cox Bridge Lighting Celebration
The Cox Bridge Lighting Project is part of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative which strives to enhance the everyday experience of people in Lowell by making the city’s historic waterways more accessible, active, and vibrant. Learn more here. On May 5, 2018, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, in partnership with the Lowell Heritage Partnership and the City of Lowell, celebrated the lighting of the Cox Bridge. Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors the Cox Bridge was outfitted with LED lighting that will highlight the architecture of the bridge and create a colorful display on this Lowell landmark, announcing holidays and special events.
You too can Light Up Lowell. Support the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative by making a donation to the Lowell Waterways Lighting Fund that ensure the vision of the plan is carried out.
Special Thanks to the Leadership & Generosity of our Steering Committee
Mrs. Nancy L. Donahue
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Duncan
Mr. Fred Faust
Ms. Shelagh E. Mahoney
Ms. Martha Mayo
Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. O’Connor
The Thibault Foundation
Washington Savings Bank
And a Special Thanks to our Project Partners
Boston Light Source
City of Lowell
Lowell Central Electric Company Inc.
Lowell Iron & Steel Company
The Lumenpulse Group
Thompson Engineering Company