Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

Farnham-Connolly State Park

Canton, MA


A decommissioned airport since the 1950s, this 338-acre brownfield site located within the Fowl Meadow and Ponkapoag Bog Area of Critical Environmental Concern adjacent to the Neponset River was purchased by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in 1996. Committed to a rigorous program of environmental sustainability, DCR has undertaken the necessary remediation activities to develop Canton Airport as an open space resource.

Hired to lead master planning efforts, CSS explored opportunities to connect this new recreational resource to a regional greenway system, as well as to maximize its potential as a recreational resource for nearby communities. The resultant plan integrates an extensive trail system with boardwalks through the wetlands, wetland and riverfront overlooks and canoe launch, seating areas throughout with interpretive elements, a new performance/shade pavilion, parking for trail and canoe launch access and a design which reflects the site’s history as an airport as well as its ecological characteristics.

Working closely with the remediation process, CSS developed the final design and bid documents of the first phase of park construction. The park was completed in 2015 and named the Farnham-Connolly State Park.

The Farnham-Connolly State Park is a recipient of:
  • 2011 BSLA Merit Award for Landscape Analysis & Planning
  • 2016 BSLA Award of Excellence


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