910 Broad St, Weymouth, MA 02189, USA
Owned By: Town of Weymouth
Located in Jackson Square. Athletic fields with a 0.3-mile paved walking trail around the perimeter, and a short nature trail. Stroller-friendly. Directly adjacent to Stephen Rennie Herring Run Park, where a section of the Herring Run Brook/Back River herring run is visible.
Right next door is the Lawrence W. Pingree Primary School. A small playground is accessible from the park. Also immediately adjacent, and closer to Jackson Square itself, is Stephen Rennie Herring Run Park. This small park offers benches, picnic tables, and views of the Herring Run Brook/Back River herring run.
Lovell Field is part of the Back River Trail, a paved trail that currently (2021) extends from Bridge Street (Route 3A) through Great Esker Park and Osprey Overlook Park, for about 2 miles. There are grand plans for its expansion! It will eventually extend from Webb Memorial State Park, along Weymouth Neck to the Kibby Property and Abigail Adams State Park. After passing under Route 3A via boardwalk, it will continue through Great Esker Park and Osprey Overlook Park, and then along Wharf Street, through the Durante Property, and south to Lovell Field, Herring Run Pool Park, Iron Hill and Whitman’s Pond. The trail runs alongside the Back River, the Mill River, and Herring Run Brook.
A 0.33-mile paved walking trail extends around the perimeter of Lovell Field. Benches are placed in various spots along the loop. Also, look for the short (0.2-mile), unmarked nature trail between the walking path and Herring Run Brook. It is accessible in the section of Lovell Field close to Stephen Rennie Herring Run Park, and also from the northeast portion of the paved loop. It’s a medium-width trail through a grassy area. Because of the vegetation, you might not be able to see the river, but you may be able to sense it. It’s just a few feet away!
Habitats and Wildlife
This is a grassy athletic complex, surrounded by oak, maple, and birch trees. Not visible from the park, but very close-by, is Herring Run Brook, a tributary to the Weymouth Back River. The Weymouth Back River rises from several ponds and swamps, including Whitman Pond in Weymouth. It flows for about 10 miles, and empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Hingham Bay, just south of Grape Island and Slate Island.
Immediately adjacent is Stephen Rennie Herring Run Park, where you can view some of the fish ladders on Herring Run Brook. Not far away (also in Jackson Square) is Herring Run Pool Park, with interpretive signage and more opportunities to view the herring run.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 14.8 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Large on-site parking area (180 cars).
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, paved walking trail, trash and pet waste receptacles, bicycle rack. 2 regulation soccer fields with turf, plus smaller practice field. Large shade pavilion with picnic tables. Seasonal restrooms/concession stand. Playground with Story Walk immediately adjacent.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Herring Run Brook (Weymouth Back River watershed)