About Doyle Community Park & Center
Meander along trails that pass through woodlands, meadows, and gardens, all part of an elegant former estate that is also home to the LEED-certified Doyle Center, at state-of the art office building.
What makes Doyle Community Park a special place?
Doyle Community Park is an oasis of 157 acres of open space amidst the busy urban centers of Leominster and Fitchburg. The park includes the Doyle Center, an inspiring "green" office building that is a model of sustainability.
You’ll pass through woodlands, open fields, meadows, formal gardens, and parklands as you walk the 3.5 miles of easy trails of this former family estate. The park also includes Pierce Meadow, part of the former Pierce estate, a 10-acre gem with huge specimen trees and open space for strolling, picnicking, and play.
Built in 2004, the Doyle Center is a 14,000-square foot, gold-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building surrounded by
tree-lined avenues within Doyle Community Park.
The Center is one of three statewide campuses for The Trustees, with offices for professional staff, volunteers and interns.
3.5 mi. of trails meander through Doyle Community Park.
When to Visit the Park
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.
When to Visit the Center
To reserve meeting space, please call 978.840.4446 x1921 or email email@example.com.
Regulations & Advisories
Please observe these rules and regulations when you visit Doyle Community Park and Center:
- Please respect the tranquility of Doyle Community Park and others’ enjoyment of their visit here.
- Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.
- Dogs are prohibited from the large hayfield during bobolink breeding season (April 15–August 15).
- Please carry out what you carry in. Littering is prohibited.
- Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting or otherwise causing damage to vegetation or any natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or other property on the Doyle Community Park and Center is prohibited.
- All fires are prohibited
- Camping is prohibited.
- Horseback riding is prohibited.
- Hunting and firearms are prohibited.
- Mountain biking is prohibited
- The Community Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Please enjoy looking at the Lindell Ave Community Garden, but please do not pick any plants or disturb the gardeners’ plots. For information about the community garden, please contact David Outman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.840.4446 x1920.
464 Abbott Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453
Get directions on Google Maps.
From the West: Take Route 2 East to Exit 31A/Route 12 South. At the first light turn right onto Lindell Avenue. Continue 0.75 miles and turn right onto Abbott Avenue and then left into the Doyle Conservation center parking lot.
From the East: Take Rt. 2, take Exit 31A to
Rt. 12 South. Turn right at 1st set of lights onto Lindell Ave. Follow for 0.75 mi., and turn right onto Abbott Avenue, then left into Doyle Center parking lot.
Take the Fitchburg line (from Boston) to North Leominster (see www.mbta.com for fares and schedule). You can ride your bicycle, walk or take a cab to the Doyle Conservation Center. Local taxi cab companies include Ken’s Taxi (978.534.5570) and Leominster Taxi (978.537.6331). Walking and bicycling directions from North Leominster Commuter Rail Station (approximately 2 miles or 35 minutes) are below. The route does not provide ideal walking conditions as there aren’t sidewalks on every road.
- Upon exiting the train, turn right and walk downhill out of the parking lot and along Hamilton Street toward to stop light.
- At the intersection cross Route 13 South at the light and continue on Hamilton Street—the street sign is missing, but when you see the fire station that says “Kendall Hall” you know you’re on Hamilton St.
- Walk pass Gear Works (bike shop) on your left, then Global Fitness up on a hill on your right, then the bridge over Route 2.
- After Hamilton St. crosses over Route 12 (big intersection with lights) the street becomes Lindell Ave.
- Go 0.75 miles up Lindell Ave and take your first right on to Abbott Ave and first left into the Doyle Conservation Center.
The local bus service is the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) (click here for fares and schedules). Routes 1 and 3 have a Doyle stop along their routes, offering easy access to the Doyle Community Park. These two bus routes begin and end at the two main terminuses of MART, the Intermodal Center near the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Station in downtown Fitchburg (click here for fares and schedule), and Monument Sq. in downtown Leominster. The Doyle Conservation Center is a short walk from the bus stop:
- Indicate your request to stop at Doyle Community Park & Center on either Route 1 or 3, near the intersection of Merriam and Lindell avenues.
- You may either walk east through Pierce Meadow on the east side of Merriam Ave and follow a trail to the Doyle Center. This trail is located on the north side of Pierce Meadow and runs behind the Boys and Girls Club.
- Or walk up Lindell Ave and turn left on to Abbott Ave at the next intersection. Take the first left into the Doyle Center.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of ½ hour.
Trails are FREE to all.
Special events open to the general public may have modest admission fees, or FREE or reduced fees for members. For more information about becoming a member, click here.
Learn more about the history of Doyle Community Park & Center.
Archival material related to the Doyle Community Park & Center is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Louise I. Doyle Papers (19.5 linear feet)
Papers regarding life and travels of Louise Doyle, daughter of Bernard Doyle, co-founder of Viscoloid Company in Leominster, 1900s-2007.
The Archives & Research Center welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to a particular property. Please contact us at 781.784.8200 or email@example.com.
Conservation and Stewardship
Management Planning for Our Properties
Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
- Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources.
- Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.
- Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.
- Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.
View Doyle Community Park and Center Draft Plan 2010
Doyle Community Park is home to the Doyle Center, a LEED Gold-Certified Green Building; the Center was constructed using renewable and sustainable building practices and an interpretive landscape. The Doyle Center is an ideal meeting space for the conservation-minded business or organization seeking a greener alternative for its next business meeting or conference.
Doyle Center Green Landscape Design
The landscape at the Doyle Center embodies the spirit of conservation that defines The Trustees of Reservations. It incorporates state-of-the-art “green” design principles that minimize environmental impacts and protect the natural landscape. Many of these elements are practical for new development, commercial applications, and existing backyards.
Maps and Resources
Self-guided landscape tour brochure distributed free in the Doyle Center atrium or at our information kiosk in our two visitor parking areas: Doyle Center and Pierce Meadow.
Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit. Please download a printable trail map here.
Doyle Community Park offers stunning views throughout the reservation. The Trustees value people’s appreciation for the beauty our different properties provide, and encourage visitors to capture their experiences on camera for personal use. If you are interested in having professional photographs taken on our property, we ask that you contact the Doyle Center at 978.840.4446 x1921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission and rate negotiation. Commercial photographers and videographers should also contact the Doyle Center for special arrangements and rates.
Planning Your Visit
Before You Go
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
- Protect wildlife and plants.
- Guard against all risk of fire.
- Help keep air and water clean.
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
- Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
- Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
- Enjoy and share the landscape with others.
Click on links below for further visitor information:
Dog Walkers' Etiquette
Before Setting Out
Enjoying Other Trustees Properties
Opportunities for Hunting on Designated Trustees Properties
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Tell Us What You Think
We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:
Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.
Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.
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