Cohasset Library Playground

35 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA 02025, USA

Owned By: Town of Cohasset

This large, fenced-in playground is located behind the Paul Pratt Memorial Library in Cohasset, right beside the headquarters of the Cohasset Recreation Department. It includes a large climbing structure for older children, a smaller climbing structure for younger children, plus a rock wall, slides, swings, a rope ladder, a sandbox, and numerous other fun features, with wood chips underfoot. There is also a basketball court on site.



The MBTA Commuter Rail train tracks are very close-by. Train enthusiasts may enjoy watching them pass. Note: this property does not offer much shade.

Prior to European contact, a band of the Massachusett Native American tribe maintained a village in what is now Cohasset. It was known as Quonahassit — often translated as “long rocky place.” In 1614, while exploring what was known then as the New World, Captain John Smith (1580-1631) landed in “Quonahassit Harbor” to trade for furs. The Quonahassit village was probably in the vicinity of today’s Elm Street, a summer camp for fishing, and for growing corn, beans and squash. The village moved inland during the winter for shelter, and to hunt for deer, turkey and other wildlife. A widespread plague decimated the Quonahassit population shortly after Smith’s visit.

Habitats and Wildlife

The sun-drenched playground lies within the watershed of James Brook, which flows into into Cohasset Harbor.

35 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA 02025, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free


Benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles. Restrooms are available during the library’s business hours.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: James Brook (Gulf River watershed), also Little Harbor watershed

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