Downtown Parks

Downtown PaRKS

Downtown Lowell has a variety of parks that are perfect for strolling, eating take-out, or safely enjoying other socially distanced activities. Check out a selection of featured parks below:

Boarding House Park

40 French Street

Boarding House Park is a public park and outdoor music venue located in downtown Lowell that hosts the Lowell Summer Music Series and the Lowell Folk Festival each summer. When it isn’t being used for a music festival, it’s a great place to have a socially-distanced lunch on the amphitheater while viewing the historic Boott Mills. 

Jack Kerouac Park

75 Bridge Street

Thirty years ago the City of Lowell formally dedicated the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in what was then called Eastern Canal Park. The Commemorative honors Lowell’s hometown literary hero and author, whose works have gained international renown. In 2019 in an effort to restore and revitalize the park, the City of Lowell successfully launched a funding drive in collaboration with MassDevelopment through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity. Now known as Kerouac Park, the almost one acre space will provide local residents and visitors with a downtown destination to enjoy music, play table tennis and chess/checkers, take part in group exercise classes, read and celebrate Lowell. Learn more at https://www.likelowell.com/kerouacpark

Lucy Larcom Park

255 Merrimack Street

Bounded by the Merrimack Canal and adjacent to Lowell High School, with a historic trolley passing along the canal bank, Lucy Larcom Park is a year-round gathering place. It’s normally the site of Winterfest, the Farmer’s Market, and other activities when it is safe to gather. Even during the pandemic, it’s the perfect linear park to stroll and take in Ellen Rothenberg’s multi-piece stone and steel sculptures. The sculptures include quotes from women poets and activists. In the words of local experts Paul Marion and Rosemary Noon, “This is an artwork with a voice, in a time, and of a place that can only be Lowell. The voices are pulled from the historic air, lifted from brittle documents. Voices stopped in full-throated command or cry or unsentimental statement.”

Utopian Park

Canal Street

Utopian Park offers dramatic views of the splitting of the Pawtucket Canal into three canals that fed Lowell’ s historic power mills and the mix of hundred-year-old mill architecture and modern buildings of steel and glass that can only be found in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District. At the center of the Park is “Hydro.” This Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) project, initiated in 2011 and completed in 2019, is Lowell’s latest public art piece and is located in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District’s Utopian Park. The sculpture, designed by artist Nancy Selvage, “creates a playful interactive experience for children to explore the journey of water flowing and swirling through a ‘turbine’ gateway that confidently strides forward to greet and embrace the public.”

…or visit one of downtown’s many other great parks:

  • Derby Park – 70 Middle Street
  • Market Street Park – 132 Market Street

Or take a stroll on any of its pathways: