Town Parks & Monuments

Jonas Perkins Park

10 Liberty St, Braintree, MA 02184, USA

Town of Braintree: 781-794-8000

Owned By: Town of Braintree

Jonas Perkins Park is a small grassy property at the intersection of Liberty, Union and Commercial Streets. It is also the location of the Braintree Community Garden.


According to the Perkins Park Community Garden blog, “In 2010, Christine Sullivan and Patricia Morey of Sustainable Braintree formed and led a task force to research the feasibility of opening a community garden in Braintree. With the town’s assistance, they selected a space within Jonas Perkins Park, a portion of which had already hosted a group of gardeners who’d been keeping a few plots. They broke ground that summer, and by July, most plots had been filled and planted. Since then, PPCG has continued to draw gardeners interested in growing, learning, and promoting organic practices.” To learn more, please consult the Community Garden’s blog.

The park is located on the former grounds of the Jonas Perkins School.

This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag shares information on its website. 

Trail Description

A very short paved trail (0.01 mile) leads to a bench overlooking the hillside. An additional, a partially paved, partially gravel trail leads uphill from Commercial Street to the Community Garden.

Habitats and Wildlife

This grassy hillside park is located within the watershed of the Monatiquot River. There are some scattered maples trees on the property as well as some ornamental shrubs.

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.

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  • A photograph of a garden shed and some fenced-in garden plots, with trees and grass.
  • A photograph of a bench on a grassy hillside with scattered trees.
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10 Liberty St, Braintree, MA 02184, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 2.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk.

Parking: Limited on-site parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Benches, community garden.

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

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Monatiquot River (Fore River watershed)

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