141 Whitman Ave, Whitman, MA 02382, USA
Owned By: Town of Whitman
Woodland park designed by the Olmsted Brothers, plus athletic fields and a playground.
This historic park near the center of Whitman was established in 1880. The land was a gift from Augustus Whitman, whose family gave the town its name. The Olmsted Brothers (sons of Frederick Law Olmsted) were hired to design the park, and their work was in place by 1900. The same firm was hired to redesign the park in 1931, in part to fix some drainage issues. Some of the original design elements remain today, while others have been replaced by modern features. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
A broad gravel walking path extends for 0.45 miles around the perimeter of the park, with a handful of similar internal trails. Extend your walk along the sidewalks of the streets that border the park: Maple Street, Park Ave., Whitman Ave., and Hayden Ave.
Habitats and Wildlife
Typical of a municipal park, this property is mostly grass. Stately oaks and pines line the outer walkways, with newer trees more recently planted along the sidewalk. Within the park, there are also some cedars and maples. There are two small hills within the park, as well as a small manmade pond.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 14 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Numerous free roadside parking spaces on Whitman Ave., adjacent to the park.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches, playground, bandstand, 2 baseball fields, basketball court, seasonal swimming pool, lamp posts.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but they are not permitted on the baseball fields.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes