Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Massachusetts. The Francis William Bird Park is owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations. There are approximately 89 acres of landscaped property, open fields, recreation areas, and several ponds. The Park has approximately three miles of walking trails.
We had an overcast Adventure to the Francis William Bird Park on this Easter afternoon. I was thrilled to find this lovely little Park, unique in so many ways. We arrived at the main parking lot, crossed the street, and landed in an open field. We were greeted by The Trustees of Reservation kiosk which provided paper brochures with maps and information. The initial plan was to follow particular trails, but the paths were not labeled creating more work to view the map continually. Therefore we chose to wander aimlessly allowing our snouts and eyes to direct the route. Our first highlight was the “Music Court” probably my favorite non-nature aspect of the Park. It was a classic and distinctive architectural structure allowing oneself to imagine being at an outdoor event. There were even some sweet little ones appearing to perform a show of their own. A simple, yet scenic feature of the Park.
From there we strolled to various locations throughout the Park. I adored the flowering trees, distinct “footbridges”, Beech trees, gurgling brooks, and water features. Wilma loved watching the ducks, while both Shadow and Wilma relished the ponds, and attention from as many visitors as they could real in. The trails varied from cobblestone to rocks to dirt, adding variety. There were additional labels and information kiosks around the property which was very helpful, and also educational. Lastly, I was quite pleased to find a place where ALL of the dogs we encountered were under voice, or leash control of the owners. Sadly this is not always the case, and it is something I really do appreciate.
If you may be wondering, I located The Francis William Bird Park through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months. I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area. Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts. I was quite fond of The Francis William Bird Park and expect to be back to visit (Rating: 3.5)