Mary O'Malley State Park

 

Chelsea

For more information, please contact the Eliot House at 781-485-2804 extension 100

 

Mary O’ Malley Park, located on Admirals Hill along the Mystic River, offers striking views of the Tobin Bridge and the city beyond and is within easy walking distance of Chelsea center.  Adding to the park’s charm are its spring blooming cherry trees along the waterfront, and a wind sculpture.   Recreational opportunities abound here, especially at its large playground and tennis courts.  The large open field interspersed with many shade trees  provides space for picnics, playing frisbee, or kite flying.  The walkways along the full length of the park are popular among runners and walkers throughout the year.  During the summer months crowds gather in the park to watch the Apollinaire Theatre Company perform free shows in both English and Spanish.  The park is named after a local resident and member of the Chelsea Land Bank advisory committee who was instrumental in its creation.

The charming granite and brick condominiums on the hill above Mary O’ Malley park, serve as welcome reminders of the park’s interesting historical past.  The land and its buildings were all part of the Chelsea Naval Hospital from the year 1836 until its closure in 1974.  This Hospital served Naval personnel and others during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, the Chelsea Fire of 1908, World War I and World War II.  The most notable of the hospital’s patients was Ensign John F. Kennedy.  He was admitted in June of 1944 and was treated for wounds received when his PT boat was cut in half during Pacific combat. 

The park like many of those managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is open year round from dawn to dusk, is accessible by public transportation and provides ample parking.  The Friends of Mary O’ Malley Park are active partners in the Park’s management and programming.

Directions

From the East/Cape Cod

  • Take US Rte. 6 West to exit # 1B on the left,  Rte 3 North.
  • Follow Rte. 3 North to exit # 20B, I-93 North in Braintree
  • Follow I-93 north to exit 27 on the left, RTE 1 toward Tobin Bridge
  • Follow Rte 1 to the Beacon Street Exit
  • Turn right onto Beacon Street
  • Take the 1st right onto Broadway
  • Follow Broadway for about 0.2 miles
  • Take the 1st Right onto Commandant’s Way

From the West

  • Take Mass Pike East (Rte. I-90 E) to exit # 24 B, Interstate Rte 93 North\US 1 North toward Concord Nh
  • Follow Interstate Rte 93 North\US 1 Follow I-93 north to) exit # 27 on the left, RTE 1 toward Tobin Bridge
  • Follow Rte 1 to the Beacon Street Exit
  • Turn right onto Beacon Street
  • Take the 1st right onto Broadway
  • Follow Broadway for about 0.2 miles
  • Take the 1st Right onto Commandant’s Way

From the North

  • Take Rte. 93 South to exit # 31, Rte. 16 East, Revere
  • Follow Rte. 16 East, to Everett Ave.
  • Turn Right onto Everett Ave and Travel about 0.8 miles
  • Turn Right onto Broadway and travel about 0.5 miles
  • Turn Right onto Commandant’s Way

From the South/Southeast

  • Follow I-93 north to exit 27 on the left, RTE 1 toward Tobin Bridge
  • Follow Rte 1 to the Beacon Street Exit
  • Turn right onto Beacon Street
  • Take the 1st right onto Broadway
  • Follow Broadway for about 0.2 miles
  • Take the 1st Right onto Commandant’s Way

By Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Bus #112 from either the Blue Line Wood Island Station or the Wellington Orange Line Station.