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Fundraising Night At Texas Roadhouse - July 25th

Join us at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, July 25th from 3pm to 10pm and Danvers Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of total food purchases to the Friends of Endicott Park! This offer is for dine in AND take out.  All you have to do is click here to print the flyer OR just show the flyer on your phone to your server.

Oniontown Field Day - September 21, 2024

Our Oniontown Field Day is back on Saturday, September 21, 2024. Click here for details. Hope yo see you there!

June 2024 - 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝗘𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗼𝘁𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸!

This project was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Cell Signaling Technologies Inc., and matching funds from the Friends of Endicott Park. Thanks also go out to Corliss Landscape and Irrigation for donating their design services for this project! This garden has been a dream of the park rangers for a long time, and they are so excited to be able to finally share it with community. The Education Garden will be a shared space that will be open for visitors to enjoy year round, as well a space for hosting science and nature programs.

This garden was designed to help the community learn about and experience land stewardship and sustainable growing practices, and thanks to its ADA accessible pathways, it is accessible to ALL visitors of Endicott Park for learning, relaxing, and engaging in park-sponsored programs.​​ As you explore, you can observe a variety of native species, pollinator friendly plantings, climate-resilient and drought resistant plants, and an array of sustainability strategies such as composting and water conservation. The Education Garden features: several inviting seating areas, a Rain Garden (with water loving plants that absorb run off from the roof), a Sensory Garden (with plants to entice the senses), a Pollinator Garden, a Vegetable Garden, and our Outdoor Classroom.

The Education Garden will be open to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 6/19), though there will be an official grand opening in the coming weeks to thank the generous donors who helped to make this dream a reality!! Stay tuned for details.

HELP SUPPORT FUTURE PROJECTS LIKE THIS AT THE PARK BY BECOMING A MEMBER TODAY!

Endicott Park Children's Book!

Endicott Park Children' Book

Endicott Park’s own Park Rangers Ryan Duggan and Nicki Pszenny worked together to write and illustrate a Children’s Book about Endicott Park for all the kids who know and love it.  Books are $20 each. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Endicott Park, a 501c3 charitable organization.  

Two options for purchase:

1.) In person at the Nature Center every Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Please bring cash (exact change please) or check payable to the Friends of Endicott Park  ($20/book).

2.) Purchase online and have the book shipped.  Click here to purchase online.

2024 Memberships Now Open! Become a member of The Friends of Endicott Park and support our continued efforts to support the park! Your membership will be valid through MARCH 31, 2025!

 

Memberships help support the needs of the park, including feeding the animals, assisting with veterinary costs, and facilities enhancements. Check out some of the latest work and planned projects below!

2023 Recap:

  • The Endicott Park Fitness Trail was renovated and funded in-part with a $20k donation from the Friends of Endicott Park, Inc. Park staff completed installing 13 brand-new fitness stations along the 1.8-mile fitness trail. An official grand opening event will be held in the Spring of 2024!

  • Donations of approximately $3k for our beloved park animals’ emergency medical care.

This work would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful members and donors!  

To BECOME A MEMBER TODAY, CLICK HERE!

To RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, CLICK HERE!

Looking Ahead to 2024

 

Several projects are approved for 2024 are already underway and they include:

  • Donate 5 trees to the park. Park staff removed several dead trees from the park and our donation helps support replacing all the removed trees.

  • Additional $2k for the medical care of the park animals.

Projects Under Consideration Include:

     

Corn Crib

The buildings on the grounds of Endicott Park are the surviving pieces of a much larger farm complex, the memory of which is an important part of the park. Even though some of the farm complex has been lost to fire and time, it retains its overall organization and character. A major feature of the property that survives in its overall state today is the spatial arrangements of a lavish “gentleman’s farm” along with its manor house. Such farms were operated mainly for pleasure rather than profit or sustenance but could still include considerable acreage producing any number of crops or livestock. In the case of Glen Magna, the principle uses were a dairy operation, orchards, some cultivated land, and enough hay fields to feed the livestock through the winter.

The Corn Crib (also referred to as the Grain Storage Shed) – This one and one-half story timber frame outbuilding with gable roof was historically used to dry and store corn.  At approximately 4’-6” off the ground it is supported on cinder-block columns.  The columns deterred critters from accessing the stored corn.   

 

The Friends of Endicott Park, Inc. propose to renovate the building to include replacement of the roof, corner boards, window and doors as well as clapboards on west facade and vertical boards on other sides.  Staff intends to utilize the building for hay storage.  

Friends Of Endicott Park

Wetlands Walk

Few outdoor experiences immerse you in Mother Nature quite like a wetlands swamp walk.  Endicott Park's proposed wetlands walk will be a short self-guided stroll along a wooden, pile-supported walkway through some of most sensitive resource areas in the park.  During this walk, you’ll see a vast variety of plant life and animal habitats.  You may come across beavers and other wildlife include painted and snapping turtles, frogs, various snakes, occasional deer, eagles, hawks, and other birdlife.

 

The Friends of Endicott Park, Inc. propose renovating the existing wildlife viewing platform at the end of our Rhododendron Trail to include a raised wooden, pile-supported walkway into the wetlands.  

Friends Of Endicott Park

Tallow House

The Tallow House was once used as a place to render animal fat to make into candles for the people who lived on the estate. It’s since been restored, and is currently used to store equipment for recreation programs.

 

The Friends of Endicott Park would like to convert this space into a mini farm stand, where they would sell seasonal offerings such as cider and donuts, hot cocoa and cookies, lemonade, and custom-made Endicott Park keepsakes and apparel to park visitors.

 

Proceeds from these sales would benefit the Friends of Endicott Park, helping them to further their mission. 

Friends Of Endicott Park

Outdoor Nature/Education Center

Our current initiative is to fund the construction of an outdoor extension to the Nature and Environmental Education Center.  This outdoor space will promote and educate the community on sustainable gardening and growing practices, water conservation, composting, native and drought resistant plantings, pollinators and much more.  Because we regularly host programs and school fields trips out of the nature center, we feel an outdoor gardening and growing sustainability education area would tie in nicely.

This work can’t happen without the support of our wonderful members and donors!  

To BECOME A MEMBER TODAY, CLICK HERE!

To RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, CLICK HERE!

Fitness Trail Renovations - Fall 2023

Yet another improvement project is in the works thanks to the Friends of Endicott Park Inc. funded from your donations and memberships!!

 

The Endicott Park Natural Resources team has been working hard over the last few weeks to install 13 brand-new fitness stations along the 1.8 mile fitness trail within Endicott Park! The new fitness stations focus on cardio, endurance, core, and balance. The project was funded in-part with a $20k donation from the Friends of Endicott Park, Inc.

 

Upon completion, each station will be backfilled with playground style wood chips, and bridges that traverse low lying areas will be replaced or repaired.

Past  Large Scale Renovation Projects

Friends Of Endicott Park

In 2022, renovations were completed to the Townley Family Children’s Barn including new windows, floor, siding, and doors all which helped improve the conditions for both animals and the rangers who care for them. The windows can now be opened to help with ventilation and fresh air for the animals. A hot water heater was installed so the rangers no longer have to haul hot water from the carriage house in the winter months.

Additionally, a new stamped concrete floor was installed, as well as updates to the chicken coops, the animal stalls, the ramp to the side yard, and a new handicap accessible viewing platform. All of the work performed was kept as historically accurate as possible to try to maintain the beautiful historical architecture of the barn. 

Endicott Park Nature Center

In 2018, the Town of Danvers celebrated the grand opening of the Endicott Park Nature Center.  The Nature Center was made possible by The Friends of Endicott Park, Inc.,  a recognized 501c3 charitable organization established in 1995 with a mission to support the preservation, conservation and enhancement of this natural, educational and historic resource.

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” 

Charles Dickens

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