UNH Announces Plans for Mendum's
Pond Area Enhancements
Contact: Lori Gula
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 2, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire proposes to enhance
the recreational and educational opportunities at its campus recreation
area on Mendum’s Pond in Barrington.
“UNH is sensitive to its responsibility as a steward of this
resource. The proposed improvements will enhance the opportunity
for Barrington residents, students, faculty and staff to experience
this special place while preserving the resources for educational
and research activity,” said Paul Chamberlin, executive director
of UNH Facilities Design and Construction.
Although the property is mostly undeveloped, UNH maintains a 200-acre
recreation area on the shore that includes picnic tables, two open-air
pavilions, a playground and small floating dock. UNH also maintains
sailing center for the UNH sailing team that consists of two docks
and a boat house.
The university has worked closely with the NH Department of Environmental
Services on its proposal, including insuring that the two perched
beaches set back from the shoreline are in accordance with DES criteria
and provide the appropriate shoreline buffer. UNH planners have
walked the site with a representative of the DES Wetlands Bureau
and submitted the plans to the Barrington Conservation Commission,
whose comments have been incorporated into the proposal.
UNH also has been working with an outside consultant to guide planning
efforts and insure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
UNH’s immediate plans encompass constructing two perched beaches
(although only one at this time) on the lower end of the lake to
provide safe swimming spaces. These sand beaches would not be visible
from the shoreline as a barrier of vegetation and landforms at least
15 feet wide would stand between the shoreline and beaches.
In the future, UNH plans to add a general-purpose building for canoe
and kayak storage, caretaker quarters, and activity space. This
building would be located beyond the setback requirements mandated
by the Shoreline Protection Act. Designated parking is planned,
and the existing canoe/kayak dock will be relocated to better fit
with the overall environmental setting of the area. UNH also plans
to remove a boat shed and ramp on the shoreline, and a dilapidated
UNH has kept not only abutters to the university’s property
informed, it has insured that those residents who do not meet the
legal definition of an abutter -- but who would have an interest
the university’s plans -- were aware of the proposal.
“It is important to us that the residents of Mendum’s
Pond understand that we not only have the educational interests
of UNH in mind when making improvements to the area, but that we
have the interests of our neighbors in mind. We truly value the
input of those who are so acutely aware of what this area has to
offer to the university and Barrington communities,” Chamberlin
The university intends to keep all interested parties informed of
its proposed enhancements at Mendum’s Pond, many of which
are in the long-term.
The university will formally present its plans for enhancements
to the NH Department of Environmental Services Tuesday, Sept. 2,
2003, at 7 p.m., at the Barrington Elementary School. This is a
public hearing held by DES pursuant to the university’s application
for a wetlands permit. Anyone interested in learning more about
the UNH plans for this unique site are welcome to attend the public
hearing at the Barrington Elementary School.