11 Prouty Ave, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Owned By: Town of Norwell
A small fenced-in playground featuring swings, slides, and climbing structures as well as a basketball court. The surface of the playground is both woodchips and rubber.
The park is dedicated to Austin S. Reynolds Jr. a Norwell Recreation Commission member from 1965 to 1974, for his untiring efforts to further recreation in Norwell, and to develop this area into a neighborhood playground.
This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk) Native American tribe. For thousands of years, the land that today is known as Norwell was inhabited by indigenous people who grew crops, foraged, hunted, and fished in the Assinippi and North River areas. Circa 1617, a major outbreak of disease decimated an estimated 90% of the native population in New England, including the Massachusett and Wampanoag tribes that inhabited the South Shore. There are still descendants of these original inhabitants living here today. They are known as the Mattakeesett Tribe of the Massachusett Indian Nation , the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag, and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
Habitats and Wildlife
The playground features a small grassy area as well as some maple and apple trees. It is located within the watershed of Third Herring Brook.
Third Herring Brook is a major tributary to the North River. Its headwaters are located north of Jacobs Pond in Norwell, in the southern portion of Valley Swamp. Third Herring Brook exits the pond from the southern side, at the dam. (Watch for a fish ladder here in 2024!) The brook forms the border between Norwell and Hanover, and flows past Historic Sylvester Field, and into the North River downstream of the old stone bridge on Washington Street.
Approximately 10 miles in length, the North River begins at the confluence of the Indian Head River (Hanover) and Herring Brook (Pembroke). From there it flows through the towns of Hanover, Pembroke, Marshfield, Norwell, and Scituate. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean between Third and Fourth Cliffs, draining approximately 59,000 acres along the way.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 0.5 acre
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking on Prouty Ave.
Bench, picnic table, trash receptacle.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Third Herring Brook (North River watershed)