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Committees: Bare Cove Park Committee

Bare Cove Park Committee
Hingham Town Hall
210 Central Street
Hingham MA 02043
P: 781-741-1400
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Important Documents & Links:

Bare Cove Park Web Page

Printable Bare Cove Park Map

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2012 Annual Report

The Bare Cove Park Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Town Hall.  Hingham’s website has information about the Park, including minutes, a printable map, dog etiquette and regulation of activity, a photo gallery, Committee members and history.  Find agendas published at Town Hall and on-line in the Events Calendar.

Winter was mild, summer heat came early; storms were gentler than in ‘11.  Park Ranger Scott McMillan is truly the heart of the Park, maintaining the 484 acres year-round, always with an eye for visitors’ safety and enjoyment.  Donated labor and materials gave the Triangle Garden, tended by Barb Nicosia, new fencing at its 3 points.

In January, the Committee posted new 2’ x 2’ signs, in plain sight at both the two entrance and the two emergency-access gates, clarifying acceptable be-havior by dog owners.  The rules aren’t new, but the new – and cumulative – $50 fines gave them some “teeth”.  ACO Leslie Badger and visitors report that dog owners’ behavior in the Park has improved from 2010 and 2011.

Hingham SEPAC held their first "Fun Run/Walk" in the northwest side from Beal St. in April, and plans to hold the event in the Park again in May 2013.  Near the 68th anniversary of the explosion on the YF-415 on May 11 1944, private funds placed a memorial stone at the Dock House for Depot sailors who were lost at sea back then.  Hingham Veterans’ Agent Keith Jermyn led the service and Color Guard.  The US Naval Reserve Center in Quincy provided Color Guard personnel.  HHS students held two Community Service projects at the Park in May – one benefiting the Scituate Animal Shelter, the other for a fellow student diagnosed with cancer.  On June 3rd, the HHS Rowing Association hosted a Novice Regatta for area high school crew teams on the Back River.

Ranger Scott opened the Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Memorabilia Display at the Dock House to visitors once-a-month from April through October.  In June, former Committee Chair Brooks Robbins took a group of Allerton House residents on a tour of the Park and the Dock House.

Our 5th annual Marathon Sports End of Summer Classic Road Race on August 24th was another successful and fun event.  $6,161 net proceeds were donated to The Friends of Bare Cove Park gift ac-count.  The runners were delighted with this year’s post-Race festivities, held under the tent at the South Shore Country Club.  Many thanks to John Childs, his Old Colony Running Events team, sponsors, and volunteers!  Proceeds from previous years’ Races allowed the Committee to spend the almost $20,000 required to complete some long overdue re-grading work in the main parking lot, along with paving and striping, this summer.

Derby Academy’s Cross Country team continues to train here, and to call Bare Cove Park “Home” for their Fall meets.  On Nov 4th, over 60 people enjoyed the Hingham Land Trust-sponsored “walk” from the Town-jewel Triangle Garden out to Indian Point and back, led by former Chairman Ron Clough; many attended the Open House at another gem, the Bare Cove Fire Museum, afterward.  A light snowfall on December 1st dusted Boy Scouts during their overnight camping event in the Park.

Bare Cove Park is a wildlife sanctuary and a place for public recreation.  It offers an exceptional area of river shoreline, wetland, open fields, dense woods, and diverse animal and plant life.  Come on over any day between dawn and dusk – it’s simply amazing!


Appointee Term Expires
Patti Coyle, Chairman 2013
Chuck Harvey, Vice Chairman 2013
Ted Matthews, Treasurer 2015
Brian O’Leary, Secretary 2014
Tom Burbank 2015
Peter Cotter 2013
Eric LeClair 2013
Joseph Roper 2014
Bob Smaldone 2014
Scott McMillan, Ranger

Bruce Rabuffo, Selectman Liaison