September 28 2020

Improvement Project at Mary Cummings Park Completed



Burlington’s beloved Mary Cummings Park now has more parking, a Science nature trail with a boardwalk, a bike rack and more thanks to a recent project updating the park. 


The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announced on Monday the property improvements at Mary P.C. Cummings Park in Burlington have been completed and includes trail improvements, a new parking lot, and a boardwalk through the marsh. The park is held in trust by the City of Boston and The Trustees serves as a management partner.


“We are thrilled to bring improvements to the park to make it more accessible to everyone and breathe new life into this beautiful outdoor resource,” says Katherine Macdonald, Trustees Director of The Stevens-Coolidge Place Portfolio. “This day has been years in the making and we’re unbelievably excited to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition.”


The park consists of 209 acres of land in Burlington and Woburn and includes a variety of natural habitats such as wetlands, fields, forests, and thickets, a release states. Following weeks of construction, the work is now finished and includes a new parking lot at 25 Blanchard Road offering 20 parking spaces and a bike rack. Also, a Science and Nature Trail terminates in a boardwalk to the marsh courtesy of a generous donation from MilliporeSigma.


According to the release, in the pre-construction phase, arborists cleared a mix of invasive species to open views of new landscapes and make space for new areas including parking, a park entrance, a pollinator meadow, restored and newly created trails, and a picnic lawn—all provided by The Trustees. This work aligns with the vision of the park’s benefactor, Mary Cummings, who wanted to ensure the park remain “forever open as a public pleasure ground.”


A ceremony previewing the property will take place at Mary Cummings Park later this fall, with an official celebration in the Spring of 2021.



For more information about the property and The Trustees, visit their website.


Photo courtesy of The Trustees.

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