Wilcox Park, Westerly

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Wilcox Park is a park and arboretum located at 71 ½ High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. It is open to the public at all times, without fee, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973 as Wilcox Park Historic District. The historic district includes 84 houses/buildings of the neighborhood surrounding the park covering a 50acre area, including the main post office and public library of the town of Westerly.HistoryWilcox Park was the 1898 bequest of Harriet Wilcox, widow of Stephen Wilcox. The latter invented the non-explosive boiler and founded, along with fellow West'lyan Herman Babcock, the giant engineering firm of Babcock & Wilcox, and was a major funder of the Romanesque Westerly Public Library, which faces the park and was built in 1892.Wilcox Park was designed in 1898 by Warren H. Manning, who had been until 1896 an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted, and originally dominated by plants native to the region. However in the 1960s efforts began to develop the park as an arboretum. Current specialties include a dwarf conifer garden, herb garden, garden of the senses, and perennial garden, set off by fine Westerly granite masonry designed by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff in 1929-1930.
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  • I was at the park to meet friends and shoot their family pictures everyone was able to park their cars and find their way to our meeting place, Beautifully maintained with many quiet spots - right in ...  more »
  • Nice park for strolling or dirt by the duck pond. Many events held here, including art shows and craft fairs. Nice Shakespere in the Park for several nights in the summer. Grab a pizza from the nearby...  more »
  • It is pleasant and soothing to walk through Wilcox Park in downtown Westerly. The variety of trees and other plants is numerous. The pond is also very nice. A great place to unwind, relax and enjoy.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful park that I've been able to enjoy since my childhood. Between the changing scenery, and events held annually, it's a treasure to our small town!
  • Nice park to bring your pets and play Pokemon go. A lot of pokestops decent-sized and nice Monument.
  • Beautiful Victorian strolling park. The grounds are expertly maintained. Great place to sit and read, meditate or chat with friends. Located in the center of town. Walk to at least a dozen restaurants. Ok to grab some pizza or a deli sandwich and make it a picnic in the park. Many cultural events in the warm weather such as Shakespeare in the Park, art show, garden show, and the annual Summer Pops concert featuring the 200-member Chorus of Westerly. (Just back from their 2017 European tour.) Beautiful place to visit. We ask that you respect the grounds by putting trash in its place and refrain from offensive language/behavior.
  • It is a jewel set in downtown Westerly. It is not a large park but room to spread out, with great trees that are labeled and of a great variety. It is quiet and a nice place to relax. It has a gazebo a small pond with a fountain and the park is well maintained. It is set up more for walking and relaxing as opposed to a place to play sports.
  • Very pretty and many walking paths. Well maintained.
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