Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Formerly used as
a landfill and a drive-in theatre, the site of Pope John Paul II
Park was once a barrier between the people of Dorchester and the
Neponset River waterfront.
The park now re-connects area residents
to the resources of their unique and delicate river estuary by offering
picnic facilites, soccer fields, play areas, paths for walking,
restored salt marsh, and extensive plantings of native trees and
shrubs. The DCR's restoration of the formerly degraded, contaminated
site has also benefitted area wildlife: black ducks, mergansers,
teal, Snowy Egrets, and Great Blue Herons, have been spotted at
the park since it opened in June, 2001. Future improvements to the
park will add restrooms, a fishing pier, a ranger station, and a
link to the DCR's bike path network.
MBTA: Take the Red Line (Ashmont branch) to Fields
Corner. The #202 bus route passes by two of the park's entrances:
at Neponset Circle and at Hallet Street.
By Car: Take I-93 South to exit 12, Rt 3A South and merge
onto Gallivan Boulevard (MA 203). The entrance is located on Gallivan
Boulevard. A second entrance is located on Hallet Street.