Town receives grant to repair Oliver Mill Park

The town of Middleborough is getting $50,000 from the state to repair and replace two historic stone bridges and restore other stonework at Oliver Mill Park.

The park overlooks the Nemasket River and is often used for picnics and viewing the annual herring run.

In the 1700s, Peter Oliver built a mill and iron foundry on the site -- producing cannon balls and shells for the British -- and established a bustling commercial center before he was run out of town for his Tory sympathies.


Middleborough was one of 22 communities that received nearly $3.8 million altogether in grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as part of a program that funds the acquisition, development, or renovation of parks.

“Increasing access to parks across the Commonwealth helps our communities grow and promotes healthier lifestyles,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a Jan. 5 press release. “We are proud to secure 30 acres of new parkland and help fund the renovation of existing parks to make them more accessible, usable, and modern.”

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