Squantum Point Park

Squantum Point Park

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Squantum Point Park, open from dawn to dusk, is a hidden gem in Quincy. The 50-acre park can be accessed from Commander Shea Boulevard or from Marina Bay (off East Squantum St.), not too far from the boardwalk. At Squantum Point, visitors can see the Boston skyline across the harbor and dozens of species of wild birds in the park, so remember to bring your binoculars.

The park also has a very interesting aviation history. Following the Wrights Brothers' successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, Quincy was in the forefront of the burgeoning aviation industry, with several early aeromeets held here. It was at a 1912 aeromeet in Quincy's Squantum section that pioneering aviatrix Harriet Quimby was killed. The first woman to fly the English Channel, Quimby and her passenger, William Willard, fell from her plane as it nosed down over Dorchester Bay as thousands of spectators looked on in horror.

Quincy later played host to yet another famous female aviator: Amelia Earhart, who once held a financial interest in Quincy's Dennison Airport. Earhart disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific as she attempted to fly around the world.

In the late 1930's and during wartime in the 1940's, some 2000 Navy pilots trained at the airbase, including Joseph Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy. During World War II, Joseph Kennedy died in a plane crash over the English Channel.

The park was also once the home of the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, which built destroyers for the Navy.

The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation developed the site as a waterfront park with financial support from National Grid, while maintaining both its bird habitat and the traces of its aviation history. The park officially opened to the public in June, 2001, and it is now a popular spot to walk, bike, watch wildlife, and take in the spectacular views of the harbor. Clam diggers and fishing enthusiasts enjoy the easy access to Dorchester Bay from the park.

In July 2010, there was a groundbreaking at the Squantum Point Pier, which was originally built to ferry MWRA workers to underwater worksites and Harbor Island destinations while the regional water agency constructed a tunnel for sewage beneath Boston Harbor. It was the first small step toward the vision of commuter transit and tourist ferry service from that pier along the Cultural Coast to and from Boston, Salem, and Provincetown. At the groundbreraking ceremony, Congressman Delahunt said, "I can envision this being a marine highway for all the historical assets that represent us as a nation."

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Squantum Point Park is a wonderful park. There is almost always a breeze -- the paths are paved and easy to walk or bike, and the wild flowers and flowering trees and bushes are in abundance. There is one problem.
Folks walk their dogs here several times a day. Most do not carry pick up bags. They do not pick up the feces. There is only one garbage can out on the point -- which is used sparingly for dog droppings. It seems to be a place where some folks let their dogs off the leash. A little scary when a big dog comes running up to you. Friend or foe?
There are no doggie posts with plastic bags and, as I said, only one garbage can at the end of the point and, I think one as you enter from the south end of the parking lot. No garbage cans along the trail to Marina Bay along the water.
In many areas there are droppings about every 8 feet. Many times the droppings are left on the paved walks.
I love dogs, responsible dog owners, Squantum Point Park, and the environment. The many deposits of excrement wash into the Neponset River. It is difficult to see folks enthusiastically fishing from both sides of the point and the fishing pier -- and knowing how many dog droppings wash into the bay with every rain.
The problem is easily solved. The "dog walkers" need to carry plastic bags and pick up after their dogs. Perhaps an extra trash can or two could be provided. The same dog walkers traverse the area every day; they can bring pick up materials with them.
All of us share the park. It is now kept in good repair and regularly mowed on either side of the paths. Daisies are beautiful, roses are lovely, the yarrow is golden -- the dog poop?
Unsightly and stinky.

Susan Collins

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9/25/10 Where were you all when DCR clear cut all the wild flowers????????

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Agreed. I have found this haven and rather enjoy bringing my 2 wonderful dogs here for leash-free romping. Dogs rule here, that is true, but they are wonderful dogs and exist harmoniously with the pedestrians, bird-watchers and cyclists. It is a place where dogs can be dogs, running free, playing tag, slopping in puddles and getting tired. Quincy has been in dire need of a dog park and since this Mayor does not feel it is important enough to make it to his agenda, us dog-lovers have to find "dog parks" for ourselves. I happen to be one of the few people who does pick up my doggy poop. I would love there to be more trash barrels around so I don't have to carry it for a 1/2 hour until I get to a barrel. Also, have you been around Quincy? This is far from a unique situation. People in Quincy do NOT PICK UP AFTER THEIR DOGS ANYWHERE!!!! People in Quincy don't think they have to obey traffic lights or laws, pedestrian walk signals, etc. Need I go on and on???

So, lets let the good dog owners continue to enjoy this little piece of doggie heaven. Let us let our beautiful animals run free as God has intended, then carefully leash them and bring them home safely. We can all enjoy this wonderful little piece of heaven.

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This is another case of a great park ruined by half wit dog owners - the parking lot and even the paved pathways are littered with dog turds, it's like walking in a mine field. Dogs are running around off leash and out of control, DCR should write up $50 tickets to all these dog owners. These idiots spoil this wonderful park for everyone else.

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It's important to pick up feces due to the spreading of worms to other dogs caused by owners who unknowingly have dogs with worms who do not pick up their feces. This is why you have to be careful where you take your dog. Don't wreck it for other dogs, pick up after your pooch. The daycare we go to doesn't even allow dogs that have not had fecal examinations every four months to attend because it is so easy to pick up. Do you want your dog to have worms? Would you like them? If you care about your dogs and others, don't be lazy, pick up after them. Please.

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It's a shame because dogs have nowhere to go to enjoy nature and the beach. Especially when it's hot and the summer. My dog is clean and healthy, I'm not introducing her to health hazards. It WOULD BE SO NICE to have a beach where DOGS were allowed and people realized how special it was because there are not ANY around. Haven't been there yet, would be curious if these dog feces comments are true. It would be a nice attraction for Bostonians if some rules were set in place.

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In response to the March 6 writer, dogs do run that does not mean they are out of control. If dogs are vicious that's a different thing. If you met my dog, you would not want her to leave and there are many dogs like that.. Dogs need a little piece of ocean to themselves, SOMEWHERE around here, and us dogs owners do too. Dogs need to get a good run, it's as nature intended. And they keep most of us going with their unconditional love. So people in Quincy don't clean up after their dogs, that mostly tells me there's a high chance of them having worms. There are actually a variety of ones. But I don't know a person who doesn't clean up after their pup. I have to go check this place out sometime. Just debating whether to bring my dog and subject them possible infection.

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I walk my dog at the park and always clean up after her. Unfortunately, too many dog owners think that if the poop is off the path, they don't need to clean it up. WRONG! The density of dogs means their droppings are greater than any natural system can cope with. For kids' and dogs' health, for aesthetics, for water quality- every bit of feces must be carried off.

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The dog poop is NOT the big deal everyone is making it out to be. The fancy condos at Marina Bay have dog poop all over the place. Yes, If they provided bag stations and more barrels, people would pick it up. We give our dogs heart worm pills because they can get worms anywhere, not just at SPP. Maybe, we don't want you "dog snobs" there, so that's why we don't pick up!!

I haven't seen any comments about the high school partiers that leave the park a complete disgrace every weekend. Broken beer bottles, cans, caps all over the place and on the beach. Who cleans it up? The DOG OWNERS! That's who. We clean it up every weekend morning so our dogs don't get cut. So, give it a rest with the dog poop drama. Get over it. If you don't like it, there's plenty of other parks for you to walk and bike on.

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SQ Point Park should be designated as the 8th Wonder of the World! Why??? Because it's SQ Point Park, that's why!!! :) :)

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SQ Point Park should be designated as the 8th Wonder of the World! Why??? Because it's SQ Point Park, that's why!!! :) :)

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10 years from now, when the evil, rotten & sexually deranged forces serving their evil, rotten & sexually impotent New World Order masters swarm all over the area & surround SQ ((the 21st century version of The Alamo!)), the last, bloody stand will be made at Squantum Point Park. The final battle will be ferocious & bitter, fought with all sorts of weapons ((including kitchen utensils & back yard rakes!)), buying the rest of the rebel alliance just enough time to re-group, re-order, re-equip & launch this utterly fearsome, re-energized & sweeping counter-attack into the ranks of all besieging commie pricks & ruthless, hopelessly brainwashed mercs that thought they were ill, & totally invincible ((major delusions of grandeur???)). The good guys will prevail, & SQ Point Park will go down in history as this famous, Alamo like rallying point, this modern day, more savage Thermopylae type Battle, & this shining & blood drenched symbol for those who stood for truth, justice & the SQ way! TTrain!!!

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I was just going to take my dog out to explore for the first time but I guess I will have to stash a couple of forks and spoons in my back pocket so I am ready for the revolution.....

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All dog owners are responsible for their dogs. This includes picking up the feces of their dogs--NO EXCEPTIONS! I occasionally walk my dog in Squantum Point Park. The times I have been there I found that there were multiple droppings but it was not "rampant". Any droppings left behind is not acceptable. I have never seen any poo bags or dumpsters/barrels for disposal. Having these at each end of the park and one somewhere near the middle would be a huge help. It would be good to have a few of these scattered around Marina Bay. The only ones currently available for disposal (not bags) are in Chapman's Reach and are paid for by dog owner residents of Chapman's Reach. There are no bags or barrels at or around the Marina and there should be.

Contrary to what was stated above in someone's comments, dog excrement is not "...all over..." at the condos in Marina Bay. There is a little from time to time but that is quite infrequent and a small amount. There should be none, but there's always one or two rotten apples in every barrel. The fact that some dog owners "...pick up.." after what they claim are teenagers trashing the area DOES NOT EXCUSE these dog owners from picking up after their dogs.

Responsible dog owners pick up after their dogs and go out prepared, i.e. have bags with them. Doing anything less is irresponsible and unacceptable.

A Marina Bay Resident

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Squantum Point Park is a wonderful park. There is almost always a breeze -- the paths are paved and easy to walk or bike, and the wild flowers and flowering trees and bushes are in abundance. There is one problem.
Folks walk their dogs here several times a day. Most do not carry pick up bags. They do not pick up the feces. There is only one garbage can out on the point -- which is used sparingly for dog droppings. It seems to be a place where some folks let their dogs off the leash. A little scary when a big dog comes running up to you. Friend or foe?
There are no doggie posts with plastic bags and, as I said, only one garbage can at the end of the point and, I think one as you enter from the south end of the parking lot. No garbage cans along the trail to Marina Bay along the water.
In many areas there are droppings about every 8 feet. Many times the droppings are left on the paved walks.
I love dogs, responsible dog owners, Squantum Point Park, and the environment. The many deposits of excrement wash into the Neponset River. It is difficult to see folks enthusiastically fishing from both sides of the point and the fishing pier -- and knowing how many dog droppings wash into the bay with every rain.
The problem is easily solved. The "dog walkers" need to carry plastic bags and pick up after their dogs. Perhaps an extra trash can or two could be provided. The same dog walkers traverse the area every day; they can bring pick up materials with them.
All of us share the park. It is now kept in good repair and regularly mowed on either side of the paths. Daisies are beautiful, roses are lovely, the yarrow is golden -- the dog poop?
Unsightly and stinky.

Susan Collins

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9/25/10 Where were you all when DCR clear cut all the wild flowers????????

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Agreed. I have found this haven and rather enjoy bringing my 2 wonderful dogs here for leash-free romping. Dogs rule here, that is true, but they are wonderful dogs and exist harmoniously with the pedestrians, bird-watchers and cyclists. It is a place where dogs can be dogs, running free, playing tag, slopping in puddles and getting tired. Quincy has been in dire need of a dog park and since this Mayor does not feel it is important enough to make it to his agenda, us dog-lovers have to find "dog parks" for ourselves. I happen to be one of the few people who does pick up my doggy poop. I would love there to be more trash barrels around so I don't have to carry it for a 1/2 hour until I get to a barrel. Also, have you been around Quincy? This is far from a unique situation. People in Quincy do NOT PICK UP AFTER THEIR DOGS ANYWHERE!!!! People in Quincy don't think they have to obey traffic lights or laws, pedestrian walk signals, etc. Need I go on and on???

So, lets let the good dog owners continue to enjoy this little piece of doggie heaven. Let us let our beautiful animals run free as God has intended, then carefully leash them and bring them home safely. We can all enjoy this wonderful little piece of heaven.

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This is another case of a great park ruined by half wit dog owners - the parking lot and even the paved pathways are littered with dog turds, it's like walking in a mine field. Dogs are running around off leash and out of control, DCR should write up $50 tickets to all these dog owners. These idiots spoil this wonderful park for everyone else.

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It's important to pick up feces due to the spreading of worms to other dogs caused by owners who unknowingly have dogs with worms who do not pick up their feces. This is why you have to be careful where you take your dog. Don't wreck it for other dogs, pick up after your pooch. The daycare we go to doesn't even allow dogs that have not had fecal examinations every four months to attend because it is so easy to pick up. Do you want your dog to have worms? Would you like them? If you care about your dogs and others, don't be lazy, pick up after them. Please.

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It's a shame because dogs have nowhere to go to enjoy nature and the beach. Especially when it's hot and the summer. My dog is clean and healthy, I'm not introducing her to health hazards. It WOULD BE SO NICE to have a beach where DOGS were allowed and people realized how special it was because there are not ANY around. Haven't been there yet, would be curious if these dog feces comments are true. It would be a nice attraction for Bostonians if some rules were set in place.

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In response to the March 6 writer, dogs do run that does not mean they are out of control. If dogs are vicious that's a different thing. If you met my dog, you would not want her to leave and there are many dogs like that.. Dogs need a little piece of ocean to themselves, SOMEWHERE around here, and us dogs owners do too. Dogs need to get a good run, it's as nature intended. And they keep most of us going with their unconditional love. So people in Quincy don't clean up after their dogs, that mostly tells me there's a high chance of them having worms. There are actually a variety of ones. But I don't know a person who doesn't clean up after their pup. I have to go check this place out sometime. Just debating whether to bring my dog and subject them possible infection.

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I walk my dog at the park and always clean up after her. Unfortunately, too many dog owners think that if the poop is off the path, they don't need to clean it up. WRONG! The density of dogs means their droppings are greater than any natural system can cope with. For kids' and dogs' health, for aesthetics, for water quality- every bit of feces must be carried off.

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The dog poop is NOT the big deal everyone is making it out to be. The fancy condos at Marina Bay have dog poop all over the place. Yes, If they provided bag stations and more barrels, people would pick it up. We give our dogs heart worm pills because they can get worms anywhere, not just at SPP. Maybe, we don't want you "dog snobs" there, so that's why we don't pick up!!

I haven't seen any comments about the high school partiers that leave the park a complete disgrace every weekend. Broken beer bottles, cans, caps all over the place and on the beach. Who cleans it up? The DOG OWNERS! That's who. We clean it up every weekend morning so our dogs don't get cut. So, give it a rest with the dog poop drama. Get over it. If you don't like it, there's plenty of other parks for you to walk and bike on.

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SQ Point Park should be designated as the 8th Wonder of the World! Why??? Because it's SQ Point Park, that's why!!! :) :)

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SQ Point Park should be designated as the 8th Wonder of the World! Why??? Because it's SQ Point Park, that's why!!! :) :)

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10 years from now, when the evil, rotten & sexually deranged forces serving their evil, rotten & sexually impotent New World Order masters swarm all over the area & surround SQ ((the 21st century version of The Alamo!)), the last, bloody stand will be made at Squantum Point Park. The final battle will be ferocious & bitter, fought with all sorts of weapons ((including kitchen utensils & back yard rakes!)), buying the rest of the rebel alliance just enough time to re-group, re-order, re-equip & launch this utterly fearsome, re-energized & sweeping counter-attack into the ranks of all besieging commie pricks & ruthless, hopelessly brainwashed mercs that thought they were ill, & totally invincible ((major delusions of grandeur???)). The good guys will prevail, & SQ Point Park will go down in history as this famous, Alamo like rallying point, this modern day, more savage Thermopylae type Battle, & this shining & blood drenched symbol for those who stood for truth, justice & the SQ way! TTrain!!!

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I was just going to take my dog out to explore for the first time but I guess I will have to stash a couple of forks and spoons in my back pocket so I am ready for the revolution.....

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All dog owners are responsible for their dogs. This includes picking up the feces of their dogs--NO EXCEPTIONS! I occasionally walk my dog in Squantum Point Park. The times I have been there I found that there were multiple droppings but it was not "rampant". Any droppings left behind is not acceptable. I have never seen any poo bags or dumpsters/barrels for disposal. Having these at each end of the park and one somewhere near the middle would be a huge help. It would be good to have a few of these scattered around Marina Bay. The only ones currently available for disposal (not bags) are in Chapman's Reach and are paid for by dog owner residents of Chapman's Reach. There are no bags or barrels at or around the Marina and there should be.

Contrary to what was stated above in someone's comments, dog excrement is not "...all over..." at the condos in Marina Bay. There is a little from time to time but that is quite infrequent and a small amount. There should be none, but there's always one or two rotten apples in every barrel. The fact that some dog owners "...pick up.." after what they claim are teenagers trashing the area DOES NOT EXCUSE these dog owners from picking up after their dogs.

Responsible dog owners pick up after their dogs and go out prepared, i.e. have bags with them. Doing anything less is irresponsible and unacceptable.

A Marina Bay Resident

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