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Central MA

Doyle Community Park

Leominster

157 acres

Peter Marotta

Meander along trails that pass through woodlands, fields, and gardens, all parts of an elegant former estate.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

At the turn of the 20th century, Harry W. Pierce assembled a grand estate featuring a 29-room stucco mansion, stable, horse paddocks, a pond, and an extensive system of bridle paths. Today, this estate is the Doyle Community Park. With Pierce Park and the Doyle Center at its heart, it offers a 157-acre oasis amidst the bustling urban centers of Leominster and Fitchburg.

Pierce Park is made up of 10 of the original landscaped grounds from the estate—most of the trees and shrubs are from the estate’s original design and plantings. The Doyle Center, a LEED Gold-certified green building, is home to a portion of Trustees administrative offices.

Ideas for Your Visit

More than three miles of trails meander through Doyle Community Park—including one and a half miles of accessible trails—bringing you past woodlands, open fields, meadows, formal gardens, and parklands. For a dose of picnicking and play, pause at Pierce Meadow, a 10-acre gem with huge specimen trees and open space.

Admission & Hours

Trails are FREE to all.

 

Directions

464 Abbott Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453
Telephone: 978.840.4446
E-mail: doylecenter@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

By Car

From the West: Take Route 2 East to Exit 31A/Route 12 South. At the first light turn right onto Lindell Avenue. Continue 0.75 miles and turn right onto Abbott Avenue and then left into the Doyle Conservation center parking lot.

From the East: Take Rt. 2, take Exit 31A to Rt. 12 South. Turn right at 1st set of lights onto Lindell Ave. Follow for 0.75 mi., and turn right onto Abbott Avenue, then left into Doyle Center parking lot.

By Train

Take the Fitchburg line (from Boston) to North Leominster (see www.mbta.com for fares and schedule). You can ride your bicycle, walk or take a cab to the Doyle Conservation Center. Local taxi cab companies include Ken’s Taxi (978.534.5570) and Leominster Taxi (978.537.6331). Walking and bicycling directions from North Leominster Commuter Rail Station (approximately 2 miles or 35 minutes) are below. The route does not provide ideal walking conditions as there aren’t sidewalks on every road.

Upon exiting the train, turn right and walk downhill out of the parking lot and along Hamilton Street toward to stop light.

At the intersection cross Route 13 South at the light and continue on Hamilton Street—the street sign is missing, but when you see the fire station that says “Kendall Hall” you know you’re on Hamilton St.

Walk pass Gear Works (bike shop) on your left, then Global Fitness up on a hill on your right, then the bridge over Route 2.

After Hamilton St. crosses over Route 12 (big intersection with lights) the street becomes Lindell Ave.

Go 0.75 miles up Lindell Ave and take your first right on to Abbott Ave and first left into the Doyle Conservation Center.

By Bus

The local bus service is the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) (click here for fares and schedules). Routes 1 and 3 have a Doyle stop along their routes, offering easy access to the Doyle Community Park. These two bus routes begin and end at the two main terminuses of MART, the Intermodal Center near the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Station in downtown Fitchburg (click here for fares and schedule), and Monument Sq. in downtown Leominster. The Doyle Conservation Center is a short walk from the bus stop:

Indicate your request to stop at Doyle Community Park & Center on either Route 1 or 3, near the intersection of Merriam and Lindell avenues.

You may either walk east through Pierce Meadow on the east side of Merriam Ave and follow a trail to the Doyle Center. This trail is located on the north side of Pierce Meadow and runs behind the Boys and Girls Club.

Or walk up Lindell Ave and turn left on to Abbott Ave at the next intersection. Take the first left into the Doyle Center.

Property Map

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you visit.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.
  • Dogs are prohibited from the large meadows during grassland bird breeding season (April 1–August 15).
  • The Community Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Hunting and firearms are prohibited.
  • Love Doyle Community Park, please leave it cleaner than you found it.
  • Camping, Fires, and Alcohol are prohibited.
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History

Louise Doyle (1912 – 2007) was world traveler, philanthropist, environmentalist, and practicing Buddhist. Her family owned the plastic factory in town and her father was the mayor of Leominster in the mid-1920s.

 

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See What People Say

Beautiful park in Leominster Ma. Small enough to enjoy with young kids. The grounds are beautiful. We enjoyed a leisurely walk around the area.

Afshan U, Trip Advisor

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