Owned By: Town of Marshfield
A fun and well-appointed 21st-century playground for younger and older children, located in Library Plaza, in Marshfield’s bustling town center. Fully fenced-in with rubber underfoot, plus a shade structure.
A fenced-in, 21st century playground with a rubber surface and play areas for children ages 2-12. Swings, slides, tunnels, ladders, ramps, and numerous interconnected play structures, plus a climbing rock.
This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.
Habitats and Wildlife
The playground is located in Library Plaza. It’s hard to tell from all the pavement, but the land here drains into the South River, which is located close-by — just across Ocean Street.
The South River originates deep in Duxbury. Its source is in the Round Pond area, and from there it winds unobtrusively through the woods for several miles. Although one can view it from Route 3, and also from both the South River Bog and the Camp Wing Conservation Area, it remains a narrow and mostly un-navigable stream until just below Veterans Memorial Park. From there it flows through South River Park, behind the playground of South River School, and under the Willow Street and Francis Keville Bridges. Wider at that point, and navigable at most tides, its course winds through the marshes as it runs parallel to Route 139, all the way to Rexhame. From there the river turns northward. It flows for 3 miles between Humarock and the mainland to Fourth Cliff, where it joins the North River at its outlet to the sea.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 10,000 square feet
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking in Library Plaza.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Covered picnic pavilion, playground for ages 2-12, trash receptacles, benches, water fountain. Restrooms are available in Ventress Memorial Library (during its regular business hours).
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: South River watershed