Buttonwood Park, with its 97 acres of nature in the urban environment, is the largest and most visited public park in New Bedford. With its own lake and arboretum, Buttonwood Park is like New Bedford’s own Central Park. The original master plan for the park was developed in 1895 by Charles Eliot of the famed architectural firm of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot. Today, the park and parts of the neighborhood surrounding it are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are walking paths, ball fields, and playgrounds for the public’s recreation. There are also many historic monuments and memorials to explore. The Great Lawn is an excellent picnic area, and visitors can relax and reflect while appreciating varied trees, flowers and wildlife. Also, don’t miss the excellent zoological displays at the park’s Zoo!
Download a free brochure with a map and further information here: http://buttonwoodpark.org/wp-content/uploads/friends-brochure.pdf