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Stroll meandering pathways and cross artisan-built stone bridges at this family-friendly park of open fields, groves of trees, and frog ponds.
What makes Francis William Bird Park a special place?
Rolling fields lined by tree groves, a trio of ponds, and gurgling brooks comprise a lovely natural tableau. Broad lawns provide perfect picnic spots, while tennis courts and a tot lot beckon the more active of all ages.
The park was created and endowed in 1925 by Charles Sumner Bird, Sr., and his wife, Anna, in memory of their eldest son, Francis William Bird (1881-1918). Landscape architect John Nolen, a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted, designed the park to provide relaxation in nature along with opportunities for more active recreation. Today’s visitors still find the “spiritual uplift of nature” in the park’s woodlands, meadows, and water features, as well as the joy of active play in the park’s courts, fields, and playgrounds.
The park was designed for active play – bike racks, a "tot" lot, tennis courts, and basketball net, and a bathing-pool-turned-pond are testaments to park designer John Nolen's belief that play should be an active part of the park experience.
More than 3 miles of walking paths (easy walking) crisscross the park; a portion of the walkways is surfaced.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
Bike racks, benches, trash receptacles, public restroom (open seasonally). Park includes a "tot lot" with children's play equipment, four tennis courts, a basketball backboard, and outdoor stage.