Merrymount Park

Merrymount Park

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Overview

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Merrymount Park, Quincy’s largest and most utilized park, is 80 acres in size. It was donated to the City of Quincy in 1885 by Charles Francis Adams II, grandson of President John Quincy Adams. Adams procured his good friend Frederick Law Olmsted to help develop the park, but the town did not have the money for Olmsted to develop a full plan. In addition to recreational facilities, the park possesses wooded uplands with trails and acres of salt marsh.

Merrymount Park has the following facilities:

Veterans' Memorial Stadium: football field
Varsity Soccer Field: soccer field
Adams Field: finest amateur baseball field in New England
Coletta Field: regulation baseball field
Mitchell / McCoy Fields: two little league / softball diamonds
Collins Rest-a-While: children's playground
Fenno Street Courts: two basketball and two tennis courts with lights
Ruth Gordon Amphitheater: City's only outdoor amphitheater
Pageant Field: two little league fields and picnic facility
Ryan Boathouse: City's only boating and sailing facility
Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex: Home of the Park and Recreation Department
Upper Merrymount Formal Garden: memorial park and garden

Directly adjacent to Merrymount Park is Grossman Park, a 50-acre preserve of wetlands and upland area. The park was given to the City by the Grossman family in the 1960’s.

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Is the large Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex, which includes the only real and accessible waterfronts within Merrymount Park, open to the general public? The RJKP&RC is fenced in and has a main gate which is sometimes left open, at other times closed. Over the course of 2 decades I have hardly ever seen people walking in or out, recreating or working in the RJKP&RC. The main visible activities I have noticed are motor vehicles of the Department of P&R rushing through the gate entering or leaving the RJKP&RC.

If the RJKP&RC is indeed open to us ordinary citizens, should it not be much more explicitly marked as such, because its setting and appearance suggest otherwise?

If it is true that the RJKP&RC is not meant for public use and enjoyment, then I wonder why? What and who are the city-owned, city-maintained land and facility in the heart of Merrymount Park for?

Maybe I am wrong, but in my understanding the Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex was built and is owned by the city of Quincy and named "Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complexin" to honor the memory of Richard J. Koch, an erstwhile Quincy resident, politician and official, the Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex was neither paid for, acquired nor owned by Mr. Koch or his family.

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Is the large Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex, which includes the only real and accessible waterfronts within Merrymount Park, open to the general public? The RJKP&RC is fenced in and has a main gate which is sometimes left open, at other times closed. Over the course of 2 decades I have hardly ever seen people walking in or out, recreating or working in the RJKP&RC. The main visible activities I have noticed are motor vehicles of the Department of P&R rushing through the gate entering or leaving the RJKP&RC.

If the RJKP&RC is indeed open to us ordinary citizens, should it not be much more explicitly marked as such, because its setting and appearance suggest otherwise?

If it is true that the RJKP&RC is not meant for public use and enjoyment, then I wonder why? What and who are the city-owned, city-maintained land and facility in the heart of Merrymount Park for?

Maybe I am wrong, but in my understanding the Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex was built and is owned by the city of Quincy and named "Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complexin" to honor the memory of Richard J. Koch, an erstwhile Quincy resident, politician and official, the Richard J. Koch Park & Rec Complex was neither paid for, acquired nor owned by Mr. Koch or his family.

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