Did you know that we have 76 properties right here in Hingham that we can enjoy 12 months of the year? “Parklands for the Public”, a map of open space and recreational areas in Hingham, is published by HLCT to encourage exploration and enjoyment. This map and appropriate clothing are all that is needed to get some fresh air, exercise and learn something interesting about our beautiful town.
This fifth edition builds on the work of others over the past forty years. In 1970, the Hingham Conservation Commission published a charming freehand map of Open Areas in the Town of Hingham including 21 open space areas. In 1982, Phil Swanson, Francis Wylie and John Richardson produced the first HLCT “Parklands for the Public” map, including descriptions of 65 open space parcels. The map was revised and reissued in 1985 for Hingham’s 350th anniversary, again in 1995, in 2003 and in 2010.
Hingham has changed in many ways since 1982. Much open land has been lost to development, but much has been preserved: notably, Turkey Hill; Weir River Farm; Triphammer Woods; a 100 acre addition to Wompatuck Park; and the South Shore Country Club. Thus we have preserved some great examples of Hingham’s landscape heritage: expansive coastal views, ponds set in idyllic woods, and rolling pastoral fields and meadows.
Since the last edition Hingham has preserved an additional 65 acres (25 through Community Preservation Act purchases). New properties include the Mobil Station site (14), historic Cushing Meadow (30), Amonte Meadow (20), a 3 acre addition to the Town Hall Recreation area donated by the Reed family (39), a 5 acre addition to More Brewer Park from the estate of Gertrude Higgins (34), Ridgewood Reservation (36), and 14 acres along old Swamp River (77).
Hingham today also has many more miles of roads; however for visual simplicity the base map for “Parklands for the Public” continues to be the 1974 highway map. Do not try to use this as a modern roadmap to navigate Hingham streets!
Get the Map!
Online: Click here to download a printable map.
In Person: Members may obtain the 2010 edition by mail by requesting it on their HLCT donation envelope. The Map is also at the Conservation Commission and Town Clerk’s offices and at the Hingham Public Library.