Visit Norton’s Tricentennial Park
The Land Preservation Society of Norton was instrumental in developing Norton's Tricentennial Park in 2011 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Norton’s Founding. This is a restful place to stop and enjoy a setting designed with native plants, supporting local wildlife and a healthy environment. Bird and bee houses and a small water feature attract birds, bees and other animals to the site. Look for the names of friends and neighbors on the benches, bricks and other features in the park.
From the press release about the park dedication from the Norton Patch on October 21, 2011
"The park reflects a partnership between the Town of Norton and its generous and dedicated citizens and many local organizations and businesses," said Kathy Ebert-Zawasky in a press release. "This will be a wonderful time to celebrate the fulfillment of our original vision and connect this time and place with Norton’s long history, its vibrant present and its promising future."
Under the artistic guidance and expertise of Dana Rappaneau, landscape designer and owner of the Olde Thyme Shoppe, the park manifests the abundant ideas, creativity and collaboration of many people. The park was also organized by Mary E. R. Brown, Brendan Jones, Butch Rich, Frances Shirley, Phil Zawasky and Kathleen Ebert-Zawasky.
As you walk through the arbor and enter the park, you will see many engraved bricks expressing memorials, dedications, advice and greetings from your friends and neighbors. Beyond that point, the park showcases trees, shrubs and perennials primarily native to Massachusetts. The Land Preservation Society of Norton has registered the park as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. This program, run by the National Wildlife Federation, seeks to help communities preserve natural environments where native plants and animals may thrive.