47 Summer St, Kingston, MA 02364, USA
Owned By: Town of Kingston
A fenced-in playground for preschool and elementary age children. Located directly behind Kingston’s Reed Community House and Bailey Memorial Playfields, with its own driveway on Landing Road. There are baseball fields immediately adjacent, with soccer and basketball facilities nearby.
The Capt. Fred L. Bailey Playground was constructed on this site in 1923 by a group of volunteers, led by Fred Bailey. Five acres of land were donated by Dr. & Mrs. Archer O’Reilly, and a series of 3 Town Fairs were held to generate funding for the project. The fields were leveled and a spring-fed pond was filled in to create the wide, flat area now transformed into athletic fields. Kingston High School teams practiced and played here until 1955, when Kingston joined the Silver Lake Regional School District. Overall, the property is named for Bailey, but some of the ballfields are dedicated to Alf. C. Lootz and John H. Candler.
In 1926, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Reed of Worcester presented the beautiful Reed Community House as a gift to the town. The building was designed by S. Lincoln Rhodes. Edgar Reed was a descendant of Kingston resident and inventor, Jesse Reed.
In earlier times, this land was within the region of the Patuxet, members of the Wampanoag tribe, who inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth. More recently, Community Preservation Funds helped to furnish, restore and maintain this property.
No trails, but the Reed Community House / Bailey Playfield complex offers ample space for a walk along the edges of the playing fields.
Habitats and Wildlife
Right Field Playground has woodchips underfoot. There are some shade trees along the perimeter.
This property is within the watershed of Halls Brook. Halls Brook finds its source above Bracketts Pond in Kingston and winds from the western part of town, and through the downtown area. Just west of Route 3, it flows into the Jones River. The Jones River finds its source at Silver Lake and other brooks and springs in Pembroke, Halifax and Kingston. It flows for 7.5 miles through Kingston, and drains into the Atlantic Ocean at Kingston Bay.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Ample on-site parking.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, informational kiosk, shade structure. Swings, slides, monkey bars.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Halls Brook (Jones River watershed)