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Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

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Address: Main St, Athol, MA
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Changes coming in 2017

In 2017 there will be some changes to the park. Up front in the circle where the tall grasses were, the area has been mulched with wood chips and a natural play area is being... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2017
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Phillipston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

In 2017 there will be some changes to the park. Up front in the circle where the tall grasses were, the area has been mulched with wood chips and a natural play area is being developed with a few boulders, logs and other natural things so children can use their imagination while playing in a native environment. Next to the... More 

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Athol, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

A great place to launch your canoe for the 5-mile leisurely trip to Orange or walk the level mowed paths in search of birds, butterflies and wildflowers. This great park maintained by volunteers is a wonderful connection to Millers River and the confluence with the Tully River at the North end of the Park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

This park has personal meaning to me. I was a friend of Alan Rich and the park represents the beauty, peace, and love Alan had for those in need and those with handicaps. This park offers a relaxing environment for those who visit it.

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Thank STB1989
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

Great place to come enjoy nature. It has benches and trails to walk. Easy entry for boaters as well. If you are into geocaching there is a few in the area that are very nice.

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1 Thank Adam D
Hudson, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2014

As I walked along the nicely mowed trails through the grassy areas with my parents, who are in their mid- seventies, I felt this was a magical place I could still enjoy nature and my parents all in one. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!

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1 Thank Cheryl M
Athol, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

My daughter Andrea and I call this Park Heaven. We love the short trails, the beauty, the birds and forestry/landscape. I walk it 4-5 days a week. It is my Zen time, peaceful, well groomed. Athol has quite a few hidden treasures, this is among some of them. Athol also has some very historical culture, that not many are aware... More 

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Athol, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

not your usual park. Only about 3 or 4 acres in the heart of Athol that looks at first like a wasteland until you realize that it's an environmental park with naturally occurring flora and is really well maintainrd by volunteers.. a few picnic tables and access to the Miller's River for canoeing or viewing are added attractions.

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2 Thank Wayne M
Warwick, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

This park is at the junction of the Millers and Tully Rivers. There are trails through meadows and wetlands. The people that created this park have chosen to leave the landscape as found, instead of bulldozing it, and creating some Olmsted vision of what a bucolic landscape should look like. The result is that there are a lot of native... More 

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Orange, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Small park but it is on the rivers edge and easy access to kayaking and canoing. Near the downtown area so a nice stroll to a local store or for something to eat is easy.

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Orange, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013

The Alan E. Rich Environmental Park provides an unusual natural area right near the downtown of Athol, Mass., which has about 11,000 people. I like the way this park offers an easy grassy trail through meadows with varied plants and turtles and birds, a fairly large river (the Millers) known for its dragonfly population and trout, and a big sky... More 

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