264 Standish Ave, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA
Owned By: Town of Plymouth
Small, grassy pondside park in North Plymouth, next door to Hedge Elementary School. Stroller-friendly. Easily confused with the larger and more diverse Hedges Pond Recreation Area & Preserve, in the Cedarville section of town.
This manmade pond was part of the Plymouth Cordage Company, which was located across Route 3A, on the waterfront. Founded in 1824, it became the largest rope and twine manufacturer in the world, specializing in ship rigging, and producing the rope used on the USS Constitution. The company was also Plymouth’s largest employer for 100+ years. It ceased operations in 1964.
In earlier times, this land was within the region of the Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag tribe, who inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.
No formal trail, but you can take a short walk along the shoreline (less than 0.1 miles). For a longer walk, just around the corner on Bourne Street, you’ll find the Russell & Sawmill Ponds Conservation Area, where there are 2.8 miles of trails.
Habitats and Wildlife
This manmade pond is part of the watershed of a small unnamed stream that flows a short distance into the Atlantic Ocean at Kingston Bay/Cape Cod Bay. The park provides a grassy approach to the water, with birch, maple, hemlock and cedar trees.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking on Standish Ave.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, picnic tables.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Cape Cod Bay (Atlantic Ocean)