123 Park Ave, Abington, MA 02351, USA
Owned By: Town of Abington
The “Crown Jewel” of Abington’s public parks. A large pond with adjacent forest, plus walking trails, swimming, fishing, ice skating, and a playground. Small non-motorized boats are permitted. Stroller-friendly in some sections.
The land within this park was donated to the Town of Abington in 1882 by Bela Wilkes of Abington and Warren Wilkes of Rockland. Prior to that it was owned by Ezekiel Reed, who operated an amusement area on site. Farther back, it was the location of the famous “August First” meeting of William Lloyd Garrison and some of his fellow abolitionists. Beginning in 1846, the meeting was held annually until 1865. There is a monument recognizing those meetings at the center of the park.
In 1912, as part of Abington’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Abington Sons of Union Veterans built the park’s Memorial Arch and Bridge in memory of the service and sacrifices of the Civil War soldiers and sailors from Abington. This bridge serves as the park’s west entrance. In 2002, Island Grove Park was named to the National Register of Historical Places.
About 1 mile of wide woodland trails, some lined with gravel. Mostly flat with the occasional moderate slope. A concrete walkway, with railings, provides passage across the pond.
Habitats and Wildlife
The forest is mostly pine and oak, with beech and hemlock, and very little understory. The 35-acre pond was created when the Shumatuscacant River was dammed in 1700. The Shumatuscacant flows southwest to Robbins Pond, where the Satucket River begins. The Satucket River and the Matfield River flow together farther downstream, eventually emptying into the Taunton River.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Lifeguards: In season.
Size: 53 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking on Park Street. Additional parking on Wilson Place.
Cost: Free. Swimming requires an additional fee.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Picnic area, gazebo, benches, playgrounds, an in-season sandy-bottomed pool, receptacles for fishing line, trash, and dog waste.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash at all times.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Shumatuscacant River (Taunton River watershed)