Penniman Park

53-67 Cleveland Ave, Braintree, MA 02184, USA

Braintree Recreation: 781-794-8901

Owned By: Town of Braintree

This small grassy park overlooking the Monatiquot River features a playground, a basketball court, and a 0.2-mile paving walking path. Located next to the Braintree Council on Aging Center.


There is a small contemporary playground here, with a slide, swings, climbing and play structures, and wood chips underfoot (and in some spots, a rubber surface). It is not fenced in. There is also a basketball court and a softball field, plus a 0.2-mile paved walking trail. Note: this park is very much within earshot of Route 3. You can hear it, and see it, at a distance through the trees.

In earlier times, the Penman School was located here.

This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.

Trail Description

The paved 0.2-mile walking trail begins along the driveway between the two parking areas. It extends around the perimeter of the rear half of the property. Looking down through the trees, you can see the Monatiquot River.

Habitats and Wildlife

This grassy property is bordered with pine, oak and maple trees. A small forested area stands between the park and the Monatiquot River.

Pennimal Park is situated within the watershed of the Monatiquot River, which 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 line 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.

53-67 Cleveland Ave, Braintree, MA 02184, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 3.5 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Benches, playground, basketball court, trash receptacles.

Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Monatiquot River (Fore River watershed)

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