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From the road, Moseley Woods appears to be a large, walled-in field located just feet away from the Chain Bridge. But behind this field is a shady, family-friendly recreational area with lots of room to play and run around. The park is seasonal, having opened for this year on April 14.
The main attraction for families with small children is the playground equipment. A large play structure, featuring large and small slides, tunnels, and plenty of things to climb, is flanked by swings in various sizes. Tables, benches and large trees scattered throughout the park create a large playground in themselves! There are also large rocks and a zip line for older children to enjoy.
Closer to the river are walking trails and picnic tables, with a stunning water view. Teenagers sometimes occupy the waterfront area on warm days, though there is usually plenty of room for everyone. A pavilion, also overlooking the river, is available for three-hour reservations in exchange for a $45 donation (contact Mark Emmith at (978) 499-0090 for more information).
The Moseley Woods Commission hopes to schedule a summer concert series this year after a successful concert series last year.
Merrimack, Moseley, and Spofford Streets, Newburyport, MA, 01950 map
From Rt. 95 North or South: Take Rt. 110 exit in Salisbury, go east towards Salisbury Beach, one half mile to traffic light. Turn right at light and go two miles to a second light, straight throught across the blue metal Chain Bridge. 200 yards on the right is the entrance to Moseley Woods, through opening in stone wall.
- *Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it overlooking the Merrimack River! Picnic tables are available, as well as lots of flat ground for laying down a blanket.
- *The city Leash Law is in effect at the park and will be posted on the kiosk. While dogs are welcome, they must be leashed and on the stone pathways while walking to the woods. Dogs will no longer be allowed off these pathways from the park entrance and into the children's play area. The dogs must be taken beyond that area and into the woods for walks. This action is because the park has experienced too many situations with loose dogs and dog waste in the children's area. The park has two stations with dog waste bags for owners to use.
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