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Parker Park Memorial Park (Elizabeth Parker Park)

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Features

  1. Drinking Fountain(s)
  2. Memorial
  3. Park Bench(es)
  4. Parking
  5. Water Fountain(s)

Size


0.95 acres.

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History


Through the beneficence of Frederick L. Parker of Court Street and the area where formerly stood the spacious boyhood home of Mr. Parker and his brother, Judge Robert C. Parker has been transformed into the Elizabeth Parker Park in memory of their late mother.

“Native rustic simplicity” well describes the theme of the new park developed by Mr. Parker at no expense to the city for enjoyment of residents of Westfield and communities. His home was demolished on May 1, 1939 and the park was constructed into a beautiful park consisting of a central rock garden containing plants such as Dwarf Phlox, Iberis, alyssum, Sedum, Veronica and other perennials planted.

At the rock garden Mr. Parker placed a bronze tablet as a marker that read: “Elizabeth Parker Park- dedicated in memory of my mother. Frederick L. Parker - 1938.”

Elizabeth Parker was born in the Western New York in the village of South Livonia 30 miles of Rochester. On her father side she was a descendent of the Chapin family in Springfield. Mrs. Parker came to Westfield in 1875 at the age of 25, when her husband was elected president of the American Whip Company. She was a long-time secretary of the Board of Trustees of Noble Hospital; she made a lasting impression in Westfield circles.

The two main walks had hedges of the deep green Japanese Yew, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Pink Dogwood trees. Also flowering shrubs, Lilac bushes, Forthsythias, Deutzia, Spirea, Beauth bush, White Dogwood and Mock Orange trees were planted.

The waterfall flowing over a natural stone lip falls some six feet into another flat field of stone, sending a spray of water into a larger pool in front of the rock garden.

In 1988 the Revolutionary was memorials were moved to the park, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, First World War, Second World, Korean War and Vietnam War.

Albert Ferst donated the Civil War and Revolutionary monuments. Veteran’s Council donated a fiberglass flagpole and flag and Mr. John Reed and Mr. Malcolm Wilcox donated benches.

To this day the park is visited by many who enjoy the beauty of the park by getting married there, taking pictures, and special events take place each year by the Westfield Veteran’s Associations that celebrate Veteran’s that served our country.

The City of Westfield Parks and Recreation Department also has a fund set up to accept onations that is used to purchase plants and maintenance to the park.

If you would like to have something special donated to the park you can attend the next commission meeting and voice your opinion and request.

Please make all checks payable to:

Parker Park Memorial Fund
C/O Westfield Parks and Recreation Department
4 Holcomb Street
Westfield, MA 01085

A receipt will me mailed to you for the donation.