Mary Dennison Park Project

Mary Dennison Park Improvement Plan

2020 Mary Dennison Park - Preferred Conceptual Plan of Planned Renovations

Remediation and Redevelopment 

Mary Dennison Park, situated on Beaver Street, was established over half a century ago through a phased development process on land acquired from the Dennison Manufacturing Company, which is now known as Avery Dennison. In 2014, when the City of Framingham was still a town, initial planning efforts were initiated to enhance the park's facilities. During soil testing, traces of metals were uncovered, prompting the immediate reporting of this contamination to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

In response to this contamination, the affected areas were temporarily closed to the public and underwent treatment and restoration to ensure safe usage. The City of Framingham continues to collaborate with both MassDEP and Avery Dennison Manufacturing Company to formulate an appropriate remediation plan. The overarching objective of this project is to comprehensively remediate and transform the park into a modern, vibrant space that caters to the social, physical, and economic needs of the community residing in this environmental justice neighborhood. The city consultant, Weston & Sampson Engineering has designed a park that incorporates remediation options and updated park amenities.

Public Outreach

The City has conducted three community outreach events to present the latest conceptual park design to the residents and gather their input. These events have proven highly successful in engaging the community in the park's renovation process. City Officials, representatives from Framingham Parks & Recreation, Weston & Sampson Engineering, and the Department of Public Health have participated in these events, discussing design plans with residents and addressing any inquiries regarding the project.


The project is being generously funded in part with two estate grants: $500,00 from MassDEP for remediation and $1,000,000 from MassWorks to repair the sewer lines below the park. The City has also engaged in lengthy negotiations with Avery Dennison on the cost sharing agreement for the remediation portion of the project. In Fiscal Year 2020, the City Council unanimously approved funding requested for the completion of the park's remediation, utility upgrades, and park construction. 

The park's amenities will  include: 

  • Softball Field
  • Multi-use Field (synthetic turf)
  • Volleyball Court
  • Walking Paths
  • Green Space
  • Playgrounds for toddlers and pre-teens
  • Basketball Courts
  • Splash Pad
  • Skate Spot
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Pavilion with restrooms and concessions
  • Upgraded Utilities
  • Parking for 110 vehicles

Bid Phase

The City has issued a bid for the remediation and construction of the park. Bids will be received in early November

Please don't hesitate to reach out to Framingham Parks & Recreation at 508-532-5960 if you have any questions or need further information.