Walpole industrialist Charles Sumner Bird and his wife, Anna, created Bird Park in 1925 in their eldest son’s memory, as a “sequestered breathing place” for the community. Now the park’s owners -- the conservation group The Trustees -- want to capture the public’s memories of the 89-acre space in a “Bird Park Memory Project,” starting with the historical perspective of a Bird family descendant.
In an event sponsored by The Trustees and the Walpole Historical Society, Frank Phillips will speak on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Walpole Public Library. Members of the public are invited to share their stories, photographs, and memorabilia of the park at that time, too, according to a spokeswoman for The Trustees, Maura O’Gara.
Photographs and other materials on paper will be scanned and returned, O’Gara said. She said anyone interested in speaking or contributing should contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-668-6136.
Bird Park became a Trustees property in 2003. Created by a disciple of Frederick Law Olmstead, the park’s paths, open spaces, and water features were designed to improve public health through a relaxing connection to nature.Johanna Seltz can be reached at email@example.com.