Nature August 18, 2019
This Abandoned Neighborhood In Massachusetts Has Been Transformed Into A Gorgeous Park
We all like to think that our communities will be around forever, but that’s not always the case. Neighborhoods come and go, and this abandoned community in western Massachusetts has been turned into a gorgeous park for all to enjoy. Here’s what you should know about visiting.
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Spruces Park (also known as The Spruces) was once a bustling mobile home community. It had homes, yards, and families. That is, until Tropical Storm Irene wiped it all away.
After each of the 226 homes was destroyed by the storm in 2011, the neighborhood was abandoned. Though it sat empty for a while, Spruces Park is now a curiously beautiful public space.
As you pass beyond the giant guardian lion statues at the gate of the park, you’re sure to notice that the typical grid-style layout of a small community is still intact. As are the gorgeous trees former residents planted.
Japanese red maples, oaks, and cypress trees can all be found towering over the rolling fields and meadows of the park. Best of all, the area has been "redeveloped" into wildflower patches that host all manner of birds and butterflies.
In the distance, you can see the dramatic forms of the Berkshire mountains rising above the fields. The park is a great spot to take photographs or just relax with a picnic for an hour or two.
Dogs are permitted to visit Spruces Park with their owners, and there’s plenty of room for kids to run around. There’s a flat 2.2-mile perimeter trail to explore, or you can wander the interior mowed paths with views of the mountains and a small pond.
No matter what you do at Spruces Park, you’re sure to be awed by the beauty and moving origin story of this special spot.
You can find out more about Spruces Park
here and read about the history of the area here. For more of the best parks in Massachusetts, check out this list of our favorites.
Address: 60 Main Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267