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Uncas Leap park plan unveiled


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NORWICH — The public got its first look Tuesday at the new master plan for the Uncas Leap Heritage Park, a little more than an acre of sloping lawns, curved walkways, scenic overlooks of the Yantic River and a natural amphitheater area as highlights.

Designers of the plan emphasized that it would honor the site’s historic ties while taking advantage of its natural features, which includes Yantic Falls, a 40-foot waterfall.

“Keeping the site natural was very important to us,” Thomas Sheil, vice president and landscape architect for engineering firm Milone & Macbroom, told an audience of about 40 people at Norwich Free Academy.

The city acquired the 1.2-acre site along the Yantic River in 2010.

“All of these years we have worked to get to this point,”Mayor Deb Hinchey said.

To date the city has demolished the brick Artform building on the site and put fencing around the remaining granite mill building. The building’s form will be maintained within the park, but much of the actual structure will be removed.

“We paid attention to the public’s concern about what we can do with the building,” Sheil said.

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