72 South St, Braintree, MA 02184, USA
Owned By: Town of Braintree
Large fenced-in playground in Braintree Highlands with poured rubber pathways and wood chips underfoot. Features swings, slides, ramps, bouncers, and climbing structures, with areas for younger and older children, plus numerous benches and picnic tables. The Braintree Community Arts Center is immediately adjacent.
Also known as the Saran E. Gillies Family Playground. Named for Braintree’s first elected female Town Clerk and Selectperson. Opened in November 2011. Supported with Community Preservation funds.
Habitats and Wildlife
The playground is set within a grassy field and features a few shade-bearing pine trees along one side.
The property is within the watershed of the Cochato River, which rises in Avon and serves as the boundary between Randolph and Braintree. Within the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, it merges with the Farm River for form the Monatiquot River. The Monatiquot flows northeast for 4.9 miles before merging with Smelt Brook to form the Fore River.
The Fore River serves as the boundary between the towns of Weymouth and Braintree. It flows for about 3 miles, into Quincy, where it meets Town River, and then flows for another 2 miles into Hingham Bay. In its final few miles, the Fore River is nearly a mile wide in some places.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 0.6 acres
Hours: 8am to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking
Benches, picnic tables bike rack, trash receptacles. Fenced-in playground with swings, slides, ramps, bouncers, and climbing structures, with areas for younger and older children.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Cochato River (Fore River watershed)