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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.Wilcox 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.The park contains a number of monuments and memorials including the Wilcox Memorial Fountain, designed by John Francis Paramino and given in honor of Harriet and Stephen Wilcox. One tree was planted in memory of boxing champion Rocky Marciano.
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  • A beautiful spot to walk, relax, daydream and enjoy seasonal flowers and trees. It is a pleasant surprise to find the piece of parities right in the center of Westerly! Often you will find things goin...  more »
  • What a pleasant surprise. Very pretty compact park with water, a gazebo, and pretty gardens. In the middle of downtown Westerly so easy to find and access. Bring a picnic though. Not a lot of food opt...  more »
  • My son and his bride got married last May 29th in this beautiful park near the pond under the trees. The trees were in bloom and the flowers. The grass was green and short. We brought our folding chai...  more »
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  • A privately owned and maintained park! that is always clean and kept up to date. Always open to the public and also available for events for your family etc. Good for a stroll, walk, run, picnic, sightseeing, bird watching, kite flying or just cutting through on your way to downtown. The only thing no longer (ever?) available are public restrooms. You are able to use the library facilities at the West end of the park and large events usually have porta johns.
  • A beautifully maintained park that is perfect for a picnic or a stroll. Don't miss the unforgettable community events held here including the Summer Pops and Shakespeare in the Park!
  • So beautiful! Amazing trees! A haven for nature freaks .
  • A great place to take the kids. Family friendly environment with sights including but not limited to: squirrels, flowers, fish, bunnys, trees, bushes, fountains and statues. Includes an abundance of seating and also has a public library on site. Very nice place!
  • Reminds me of a smaller version of Central Park. Grounds are beautifully maintained, the perfect spot to toss a frisbee or go for a light jog.