Experience the trails, woodlands and scenic views of Ward’s, Willow and Leverett Ponds. A dual path system, popular with runners and cyclists, also allows for a leisurely stroll. Olmsted designed the park as “a chain of picturesque fresh-water ponds, alternating with attractive natural groves and meads.” Originally named Leverett Park it was renamed in 1900 to honor its designer. Pathways, bridges, and plantings provide a series of vignettes with scene changes along the way. To help draw wildlife, Olmsted built two islands in Leverett Pond to provide shelter and seclusion for nesting birds.
Today, people are drawn to the athletic fields, the wildflower meadow and Allerton Overlook, the location of Summer Sundays in the Park concerts each summer. This park features hiking, walking, biking trails for all ages.