Archie Statue, Meredith New Hampshire

Design Committee

Design and Beautification Committee

The Design Committee educates others about good design, providing design advice, as well as planning, organizing, and developing projects. Their goal is to improve the design & beautification within Meredith's village.  Recently GMP was awarded the 2019 Lakes Region Planning Commission’s Award of Excellence for the ”Archie Statue." The award recognizes organizations with exciting and innovative projects that have been successfully conceived and implemented in a community over the last year. 

The Design Committee 2018 Signature Project was the creation and dedication of the “Archie” statue on August 9, 2018, in celebration of Meredith’s 250th Anniversary. Created by sculptor, Valery Mahuchy, of Bethlehem, NH, the “Archie” statue, placed on Main Street in Community Park, commemorates Meredith resident and artist, the late Bob Montana. The GMP Design Committee received the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Civic Pride Award for the “Archie" statue. The Civic Pride Award is presented to an organization in recognition of civic projects that have been of significant benefit to the Meredith area community. 

Architect Chris Williams, Jim McFarlin, chair of the "Archie" Committee and Bill Gartner are credited with bringing the project to completion. Congratulations to the GMP Design Committee for their efforts and to all who donated to this project. 

The Design Committee provides design advice and plans, organizes and develops projects. It also focused on the following in 2018: In cooperation with the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department, it improved walking trails in Swasey Park; continued progress on the Ledge Beautification Project along a portion of Daniel Webster Highway; installed new landscaping at the GMP sign at the intersection of Route 104 and Daniel Webster Highway; improved plantings, landscaping and beautification along DWH in conjunction with NH DOT’s road and pedestrian improvements.   

Sub-Committee - Beautification

Library, Community Center, & Round-about gardens; Ledge project; Tree planting;  Window boxes, Landscaping design, etc.

Committee Members

Chris Williams - Chair

Nancy Lavigne

Rusty McLear

Committee Members

Chris Williams - Co-Chair

Bill Gartner - Co-Chair

Sandy Sullivan - Secretary

Pam Coburn

John Edgar

Paul Eldridge

Casey Gerken

Andy Lane

Bev Lapham

Jamie Laurent

Nancy Lavigne

Ginny Lovett

Bob Manley

Jim McFarlin

Brian Neidhardt

Julie Rizzo

Wendell Rizzo

Katheryn Rolfe

Cindy Theriault

Bob Troop

Cindy Troop

Mary Truell

Swasey Park Project Map

The Swasey Park Project

Swasey  Park encompasses over 7 acres within the town of Meredith along the  shores of Lake Waukewan and the Swasey Canal.  

Our vision was to establish a year-round nature program, encourage passive recreation and provide alternative access to downtown via the historic Swasey Canal.

Project Objectives:

  • Enhance shorefront woodland areas in the downtown.
  • Provide an area to educate all ages to the natural resources at hand and to provide nature programs for all ages.
  • Provide low-impact recreation and accessibility to the downtown via the Swasey Canal for Lake Wakewan
  • Provide interpretive trails and information on wildlife habitat and the flora and fauna.
  • To enhancement and utilization of Swasey Park.