Francis William Bird Park

135 Polley Ln, East Walpole, MA 02032
We will create several intimate and interactive performance spaces within the park. Artists and audiences will move from site to site.

Francis William Bird Park was created and endowed in 1925 as a public park by local industrialist Charles Sumner Bird, Sr. and his wife, Anna, in memory of their oldest son, Francis William Bird (1888-1918), who succumbed to pneumonia at age 37. The Bird Family hired John Nolen to design the park. Nolen was a contemporary of The Trustees founder Charles Eliot and a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape visionaries who were pioneers in creating parklands accessible to all. This was a philosophy shared by Nolen, who also believed landscape design could be a tool for societal improvement. Bird Park’s network of pathways and attractive water courses were designed to offer the public an easy introduction to their natural surroundings. Rolling fields lined by tree groves, a trio of ponds, and gurgling brooks comprise a lovely, organic tableau.

From the I-95/Rt. 128 Split (Canton): From I-95 South, take Exit 21. Turn right onto Coney St. Follow for 0.8 mi. (cross over Rt. 1 at traffic light). Turn left onto Pleasant St. and then right onto Polley Lane in 0.3 mile. Parking area (60 cars) is 0.1 mile on left.

Take the 34E bus line, accessible from the Forest Hills Orange Line T stop or the Franklin commuter rail line at Norwood Central station. Visit for more details.

Pathways at Bird Park consist of concrete, stucco pavers, compact gravel, and compact dirt, but there are some sections that are not wheelchair accessible. There is accessible parking and a level entrance to the Park at the Pleasant Street lot and the Union Congregational Church lot (55 Rhoades Avenue).

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