Pope John Paul II Park

Quick Facts

Pope John Paul II Park

Massachusetts

(617) 727-6034

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Things To Do

     

Overview

Formerly used as a landfill and a drive-in theatre, the site of Pope John Paul II Park was once a barrier between the people of Dorchester and the Neponset River waterfront. The park now re-connects area residents to the resources of their unique and delicate river estuary by offering picnic facilites, soccer fields, play areas, paths for walking, restored salt marsh, and extensive plantings of native trees and shrubs. The DCR's restoration of the formerly degraded, contaminated site has also benefitted area wildlife: black ducks, mergansers, teal, Snowy Egrets, and Great Blue Herons, have been spotted at the park since it opened in June, 2001. Future improvements to the park will add restrooms, a fishing pier, a ranger station, and a link to the DCR's bike path network.

Map of Pope John Paul II Park (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.280198, -71.046095

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Visitors can fish in the park; the Department of Conservation and Recreation anticipates adding a fishing pier in the future.

  • Hiking

    The park offers picnic facilites, soccer fields, play areas, paths for walking, restored salt marsh, and extensive plantings of native trees and shrubs.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic facilites, soccer fields, play areas, paths for walking, restored salt marsh, and extensive plantings of native trees and shrubs. Future improvements to the park will add restrooms, a fishing pier, a ranger station, and a link to the DCR's bike path network.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Directions

Driving

Take US-1 South to exit 12, Rt 3A South and merge onto Gallivan Boulevard (MA 203). The entrance is located on Gallivan Boulevard. A second entrance is located on Hallet Street.

Public Transportation

MBTA: Take the Red Line (Ashmont branch) to Fields Corner. The #20 bus route passes by two of the park's entrances: at Neponset Circle and at Hallet Street.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(617) 727-6034

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