Friday, September 1, 2017
Weymouth's New Osprey Overlook Park
A friend and I went to lunch today at the Strawberry Fair, a family owned restaurant that has been in business for over forty years in Norwell, MA. This colorful display greets you at the entrance and as the name suggests each of the rooms is decorated with "strawberry" items. As it says on their website, they serve simple "old fashion goodness."
After lunch, we went to check out town's new "Osprey Overlook Park." Wow!!!
What a tranquil, beautiful spot it is. It's located in East Weymouth at the end of Wharf Street. We were there about 3:00 and there was a hawk circling overhead, a Great Blue Heron on the opposite shore, and an osprey fishing for his dinner. I only had my iPhone with me, but you can be sure I will return with my camera and long lens soon.
A couple of other notes about this little gem. This park was built on our capped municipal landfill and there are hopes that the nearby incinerator will eventually be taken down. (It hasn't been used for forty years.) The walking paths at the overlook are flat and level. One path leads to the gravel trails of Great Esker Park. Because of ongoing foot issues, the longer trail is out for me, but the shorter, paved one is doable for anyone and leads to a bit higher ground where there is a bench with this magnificent view. I can envision bringing a chair, a bottle of water, and a good book and then wiling away an hour or two reading in this spot.
Osprey Overlook Park is part of the town's Back River Trail Master Plan, a proposed trail system running the length of the Back River and Herring Brook to Whitman's Pond. Kudos to all involved in this ambitious, amazing undertaking.
Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.