Briggs Playground

858 State Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

Plymouth Parks & Forestry: 508-830-4162, ext. 12116

Owned By: Town of Plymouth

Athletic facilities and small playground in the village of Manomet, opposite the fire station. Features basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, a Little League field, and a rustic swing set and slide, mostly fenced-in.


This land is within the region of the Wampanoag tribe, who in earlier times, maintained a fishing weir at the mouth of Bartlett’s Pond, nearby. Its outlet to the sea is sometimes known as Herring Brook. The name Manomet has been interpreted to mean “bearing of a burden,” possibly referring to the baskets used by the Wampanoag on trails between their settlements at Patuxet (Plymouth) and Cape Cod. Learn more about the Herring Pond Wampanoag and the Mashpee Wampanoag via their websites.

The land for this playground was originally leased from the Briggs family, but was purchased by the town in 1971.

The history below was gleaned from interpretive signage at St. Catherine’s Chapel Park.

European settlement of what was then known as the Manomet Ponds began as early as 1639. From then until about 1880, the area was home to a sparse network of farms and fishermen’s homes. Summer visitors began building cottages on Manomet Point in the 1850s, coming to the area to enjoy extended vacations on the shore. Lodging houses, inns and shops soon followed. Shooting and fishing were popular pastimes. In 1899, trolley service became available, making the area much more accessible. Trolleys continued to run until 1928. There was a trolley station at the intersection of White Horse Beach Road and Rocky Hill Road, just south of where St. Catherine’s Chapel Park stands today.

White Horse Road was laid out in 1883, and paved in 1922. Taylor Road was constructed between 1912 and 1925, and then extended to Manomet Point Road in 1935. While today there are no businesses along Taylor Road, from the 1920’s to the 1990’s there were numerous commercial enterprises there, including the Whip-Po-Will Lodge, White Horse Playland, and later the Sandpiper Inn and White Sands.

In 1901, the Coast Guard established a station at Manomet Point, replacing the the 1874 US Life Saving Service station #5.

Habitats and Wildlife

This grassy property is situated within the watershed of Beaver Dam Brook, which originates in the Manomet section of Plymouth, flows through the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary and Bartlett Pond, and empties into the Atlantic at White Horse Beach. There are some oak, cedar, maple and pitch pine trees around the perimeter.

858 State Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 4 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free


Basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, Little League field, rustic swing set and slide. Trash receptacles.



Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Beaver Dam Brook (Cape Cod Bay)