Dates Of Visits: June 17 & 18, 2017
Location: There are several entrances at Gallivan Blvd. and Hallet St., Dorchester, MA
Parking: There are multiple parking lots at the entrances
Hours: Open from sunrise til one hour before sunset
Trail Size/Difficulty: 2 miles, easy with moderate inclines
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: wildlife, scenic, easy trails, ball fields
Website: Pope John Paul II Park
With its rolling hills, abundant wildlife, pretty trees and flowers and beautiful views, it’s hard to believe it once was the home to a drive in (remember those?) and a land fill.
Connected to Senator Joseph Finnegan Park, Pope John Paul II Park is part of the extensive Neponset River Greenway.
Pope John Paul Park is not only beautiful for it’s natural beauty, there are also two murals at the park.
There are a variety of birds at Pope John Paul Park (but I didn’t see any cardinals which was unusual).
This bird had a meal for his or her babies,
There are many pretty trees, plants and rolling hills along the paths.
The paths at John Paul Park are easy with some moderate inclines.
The paths are perfect for running, riding your bicycle or rollerblading with your dog.
There are some wonderful views along the Neponset River which separates Dorchester from picturesque Quincy, MA.
People like to use the river to cruise along with their jet ski, boat or other aquatic vessel.
There is also a stream that flows under the bridge at the park.
There are also soccer and lacrosse fields as well as pavilions and benches for people to sit and watch the games.
Pope John Paul Park is a great place to bring your dog. Zoey, a 5 year old mixed breed dog, brought her ball with her to the park.
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