Friends of Buttonwood Park

The Park's Greenhouse, by Richard Leary

The Friends of Buttonwood Park is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization officially established in 1991 in accordance with recommendations of Reclaiming the Past, the 1988 Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management’s Olmsted Master Plan for the Restoration and Renewal of Buttonwood Park, the largest and most heavily-used public park in the historic city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Friends serves as the chief advocate of the Master Plan and steward of the park and is dedicated to the protection, preservation, maintenance and enhancement of the park in accordance with Olmsted principles and objectives and with evolving best practices.


    by Richard Leary

    State Champion Fern Leaf Beech Tree, by Alicia Pimental


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Our organization works with partners across the globe to champion Olmsted parks and places.