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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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TripAdvisor
  • A wonderful park for a stroll filled wonderful mature trees of a variety of specimens as well as lovely places to stop and take it all in. 
  • Beautiful grounds with many different variieties of trees, beautiful green grounds to have a picnic on. A nice place for a leisurely stroll. 
  • This is one of my favorite places to visit. I always tell friends, every town should have a Wilcox Park. It has a perfect blend of walking paths, trees, wildlife, grassy lawns and water. A great place...  more »
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  • This place is so clean and neat seems there is someone always grooming the grounds. Awesome place to walk your dog they even have extra dog bags for puppy surprises
  • Spectacular performance at this year's Summer Pops, an annual event featuring the Westerly High School Chorus. I highly recommend you check it out. Large park with lots space to relax.
  • This is a great feature of Westerly and being connected to the library offers a lot of convenience. I love this park even if they now have signs about feeding the ducks. I loved doing that as a kid.
  • Quiet place to go for a walk
  • Shakespeare in the park every summer for three weeks!