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Walpole, MA - After serving thousands of children over its 10-year life, the play structure at the popular Francis William Bird Park has been retired. Last week The Trustees of Reservations, owners of the historic park since 2003, removed most of the original structure for safety reasons. On the heels of wrapping up a successful fundraising campaign to restore the iconic wrought iron entrance gates at Bird Park -- thanks to generous donations from supporters and the Walpole community -- The Trustees and The Friends of Francis William Bird Park will launch a campaign this summer to raise funds for a new play structure.
“The Trustees are committed to continuing the ongoing care, maintenance and overall improvement of this treasured community resource,” says Property Superintendent Dennis Camp. “While this play area has long been a focal point for young families visiting the park, we felt that it was no longer up to acceptable safety standards and could not be easily repaired.”
The original structure was purchased in 2001 after a successful campaign led by The Friends of Bird Park. It was installed with the help of many volunteers from the community. The effort to replace the play structure follows another successful campaign by The Friends of Bird Park to raise money to repair the park’s historic wrought iron entrance gates, which have long been an icon of the community park. “The community’s support of Bird Park has been overwhelming,” says Camp. “We’re looking forward to working with people from across Walpole and surrounding towns to continue to care for this community landmark.”
For more information on the efforts to replace Bird Park’s play structure and how you can help, click here. Contributions may also be made to: The Friends of Francis William Bird Park, P.O. Box 94, East Walpole, MA 02032.
The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 102 spectacular “reservations” located on 26,000 acres in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts. All reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community.
In the Greater Boston area, The Trustees own and manage over 37 properties, including: working farms such as Powisset Farm in Dover and Moose Hill Farm in Sharon; tranquil woodlands such as Rocky Woods and Rocky Narrows in Medfield and Noanet Woodlands in Dover; formal gardens and historic homesteads such as the Bradley Estate in Canton and the Old Manse in Concord; and beautiful landscapes such as World’s End in Hingham.
Offering hundreds of programs, workshops, lectures, and activities throughout the year for all ages, most of which are free-of-charge or discounted for members, The Trustees are also a leader in the conservation movement and have served as a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. With communities and conservation partners, The Trustees work to address and support important conservation issues and efforts across the Commonwealth. In addition, The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land and, with our partners, have assisted in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.
As land and special places continue to be developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace across the Commonwealth, time is running out to save the best of Massachusetts’ landscapes and landmarks. To find out how you can protect or preserve a special place in your community, become a partner, request a speaker, and/or become a Trustee through your volunteer, donor or membership contributions, please call 781.784.0567, visit www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.