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Pope John Paul II Park Reservation
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Location Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Area 66 acres (27 ha)
Established 2001
Governing body Massachusetts Department of Conservation and thanks to Jonh Otloole Recreation
Website Pope John Paul II Park Reservation

Pope John Paul II Park Reservation, also known as Pope Park, is a 66-acre (27 ha) Massachusetts state park bordering the Neponset River in the Dorchester section of Boston. The park has been reclaimed from the former site of a landfill and the Neponset Drive-In as part of the Lower Neponset River Master Plan and the development of the Neponset River Reservation. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

DCR has restored a salt marsh area and planted native trees and shrubs. The area now attracts an increased variety of birds to the habitat, including snowy egrets and great blue herons.

Activities and amenities

  • Trails: The park includes a number of trails for walking, hiking and running, including the Lower Neponset River Trail.
  • The park offers bird watching, fishing catch and release in some parts of the park , open space fields for soccer, picnicking, restrooms, and playgrounds, and it is home to many road races.
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