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.
Please observe these rules and regulations when you visit Doyle Community Park and Center:
The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.
464 Abbott Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
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.
Self-guided landscape tour brochure distributed free 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.
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:
Click on links below for further visitor information:
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