The following four places in Lawrence made the list compiled by the Great Places in Massachusetts Commission, and informed by nominations from the public:
- Den Rock Park, Route 114, across from the North Andover Mall
- It is the city’s largest open space, with 120 acres of woodland trails and a natural rock face used for climbing
- The Great Stone Dam, Merrimack River, off Route 28 between Canal and Merrimack Streets
- It was designed by Charles S. Storrow, Chief Engineer for the Essex Company, and was completed in 1848 to power Lawrence’s vast mills
- At the time of its construction it was the longest dam in the world, measuring 1629 feet
- Essex Art Center, 56 Island St.
- It is a non-profit art organization that seeks to support the artistic potential of the Greater Lawrence Community
- Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex St.
- The center collects and preserves documents and artifacts that are important to Lawrence's history
Groundwork Lawrence is excited to see Den Rock Park, a site with which we've developed a close relationship, recognized by the commission. GWL has coordinated Green Team trail improvements at the park, created a parking lot, and has committed to various other improvements.
To see the complete list of places in Massachusetts, as shown in the Boston Globe, click here.