Town Parks & Monuments

French’s Common

French's Common, John F Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA, USA


Owned By: Town of Braintree

Braintree’s oldest open space area, located next to Town Hall. The large grassy park features a baseball field, a basketball court, a playground, tennis courts, and picnic tables. Look for the archway on Washington Street, which parks the pedestrian entrance.


This town park has been in use since the beginning of the 20th century. The playground includes a climbing structure, bounders, swings, and benches, with wood chips underfoot.

This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about our local tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Mattakeeset band of the Massachusett, and the Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag, both share information on their websites.


Habitats and Wildlife

This park is open a grassy with some maple and oak trees. It is located within the watershed of the Monatiquot River.

The Monatiquot River rises in Braintree, at the confluence of the Farm and Cochato Rivers, within the Braintree Municipal Golf Course. It 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. Follow the Fore River Watershed Association more information about the Monatiquot and Fore Rivers.

French's Common, John F Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 7 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Park at Town Hall.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Baseball, basketball and tennis facilities, a playground with wood chips underfoot, benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Monatiquot River (Fore River watershed)

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