Donated by Joseph Story Fay to the people of Falmouth in 1894 — when it earned its name as a “gesture of goodwill to the town” — Goodwill Park is a local favorite that offers a variety of activities, from swimming and fishing to lawn games and family cookouts.
In particular, families will love the sandy beach at the south end of Grews Pond. Kids and parents can swim, splash, float, and watch small fish swimming by in these calm, shallow waters. If you love paddling, you can also explore the pond’s deeper waters by kayak or canoe, launched from the beach.
If you want to go for a hike, you can use Goodwill Park as an access point to more than three miles of trails that loop around Long Pond & Falmouth Town Forest. These trails also make up the southern section of the nine-mile Falmouth Moraine Trail, one of the Cape’s longest trail networks. (Download trail map)
To reach Long Pond’s trails, head north on the trails that branch off of the east side of Grews Pond, the north side of Pumping Station Road, or the back of the large parking area on Goodwill Park Road. Keep walking north from Long Pond to continue on the Moraine Trail, one of the longest hikes on Cape Cod.
Habitats & Wildlife
Grews Pond is a freshwater spring-fed kettle pond, carved by retreating glaciers during the last Ice Age. The pond is home to fish such as trout, sunfish, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass. You may also find reptiles and amphibians like frogs, box turtles, and snapping turtles — which lay their eggs in the surrounding town forest in spring.
A walk in the woods around Grews Pond will take you past a diverse variety of tree species, including oak, beech, hickory, locust, red and white pine, and Norway and red spruce. A flock of turkeys, heads bobbing, is a common sight around the park.