The wide, sloping green lawn at Hazelwood Park is a great spot for playing ball, flying kites, or simply relaxing and enjoying the waterfront view. Local history buffs will love the park as well: once a country estate and orchard in the 19th century, Hazelwood Park is still home to three buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the iconic stone Gothic Revival-style Congdon-Lucas House.
Hazelwood Park is one of several nearby recreational destinations in New Bedford’s South End. Across Rodney French Boulevard lies West Beach, where you can swim and dig for quahogs in the waters of Clarks Cove. Want to go for a longer walk or a bike ride from the park? Hop on the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail and head south on a scenic journey to Fort Taber Park.
Habitats & Wildlife
Hazelwood Park is located in a residential neighborhood on Clark’s Point, a peninsula that protrudes into the open waters of Buzzards Bay. The park provides a view of Clarks Cove, where ducks and geese flock in winter to raft on the water’s surface just offshore. When the weather begins to warm, come here to look for osprey circling the sky – a sure sign of spring!