Town Parks & Monuments

Island Grove Park

123 Park Ave, Abington, MA 02351, USA


Owned By: Town of Abington

The “Crown Jewel” of Abington’s public parks. This historic 53-acre property was the location of Abolitionist meetings in the mid-1800s. Situated on the water, with both open and forested areas. Features include one mile of walking trails, plus swimming, fishing, ice skating, memorials, and a playground. Located on a pond-like section of the Shumatuscacant River. Small non-motorized boats are permitted. Stroller-friendly in some areas.


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.

Trail Description

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 river.

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.

123 Park Ave, Abington, MA 02351, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: Yes

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, a seasonal sandy-bottomed pool, receptacles for fishing line, trash, and dog waste.

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Shumatuscacant River (Taunton River watershed)