The Stanley Park
Stanley Park is....
Two hundred seventy-five acres of gardens, trails, woods, picnic acres, and recreational facilities in the foothills of the Berkshires. Frank Stanley Beveridge, founder of Stanley Home Products, Inc., created Stanley Park. As part of a boyhood dream--he wanted to create a public park which would provide a tranquil oasis for the people of Western Massachusetts. In 1949, Stanley Park was formally organized as a charitable corporation to ensure that Beverage's dream would come true for generations. Today, over 250,000 visitors annually enjoy Stanley Park's facilities.
Stanley Park is....A Wildlife Sanctuary
The Frank Stanley Beveridge Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary...One hundred sixty acres of managed trails and land along the Little River, in Westfield, Massachusetts. Heavily planted with native trees, wildflowers, ferns, and more, and a haven for area birds and wildlife.Be sure to have your camera or video cam with you when you tour the Colonial Pond Area. This delights visitors with ducks, swans, and a trout pond fed by cascading waterfalls. This site includes a working Old Mill with Water Wheel, and Old Town Meeting House, Rustic Covered Bridge, Carriage Shed, and a Blacksmith Shop, complete with forge, bellows, and anvil - all genuine and operational
Stanley Park is....Music Under the Stars
A summer long concert series is held at the Pavilion, which features the area's finest bands, ensembles, and singing groups. Always popular with the audiences. The Park has also been known for the acclaimed annual summer concert series by the Springfield Symphony Summer Pops. Which brings big name entertainment to the region. And of course the familiar bells ringing at the Stanley Park Carillon Tower, add to the picturesque setting. Since 1950 the 25-bell English and 61-bell Flemish Carillons, have pealed forth in regularly scheduled concerts.
Stanley Park is....Award-Winning Gardens
The Award-Winning Gardens, is what makes this park special. The Rose Garden, has over 50 varieties of roses and 2,500 rose buses that grace the grounds. Included in this site are spectacular annual and perennial gardens with a peak season from mid-June through September.
The Japanese Garden is where rare and unusual exotic plantings of alpine conifers, rhododendron, azaleas, and flowering deciduous shrubs, surround and authentic Japanese Tea House, statuary, rock gardens and pathways. Peak season: mid-May through mid-June.
The Rhododendron Display Garden, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, with hundreds of rare species ablaze with color from mid-may through early June.
The Arboretum, a five-acre site containing a collection of trees and shrubs in a setting embellished with a 30-foot fountain showing an ever changing display of water.
The Herb and Perennial Display Gardens. Numerous varieties of fragrant, culinary, and medicinal herbs, and large old-fashioned formal perennial gardens. Peak color from mid-May through mid-October. The English Herb Garden and Orchard is located near a Town Meeting House on the Stanley Park grounds.
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