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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:

At the BOS meeting on September 3, 2015, the Bare Cove Park Committee discussed proposed changes to the current dog regulations at Bare Cove Park. Here are the reports:

A Case of Forest Fragmentation amidst the presence of Forest Interior-Dwelling Species (June 9, 2015 prepared by Susan Kains, Conservation Biologist, Bare Cove Park Committee member)

Bare Cove Park Web Page

Printable Bare Cove Park Map

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2014 Annual Report

The Bare Cove Park Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Town Hall. The Town of Hingham's website has information about the Park, including meeting minutes, a printable map, dog etiquette, rules and regulations, a photo gallery, a listing of Committee members and information on the history the Park. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted at Town Hall and available on-line in the Events Calendar.

Winter came in late January and it was extremely cold and snowy. Park Ranger Scott McMillan was busy trying to keep the paths in the park clear but it got to the point that the pickup truck couldn't keep up with the record snowfall. Bare Cove Park did have to be closed for a number of days because the Town of Hingham had to use their resources in other areas. Hundreds of visitors come to the Park each day and Ranger Scott does an incredible job maintaining the 484 acres year-round.

Eagle Scout candidate Chris Johnson worked his magic in transforming the Triangle Garden into a place of beauty and a landmark that delights visitors. Chris spent many hours as part of his Eagle Scout project weeding, pruning and trimming the plants within the garden. He also built a gate and spread a large amount of mulch throughout the garden. Chris enlisted the help of his parents and other volunteers and they did a wonderful job.

The Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Memorabilia Display at the Dock House has proven to be a popular attraction. It is open once a month from April through October and staffed by Ranger Scott.

In early October Bare Cove Park was one of the South Shore sites for the filming of an independent movie "Good Kids." The park was full of equipment, but was left in great shape and the "Friends of Bare Cove Park" fund received a generous donation from the film crew.

Our neighbor, South Shore Conservatory, held its annual "Rhythm Run" in the Park in May and is planning this year's event for June, 2015. Derby Academy's Cross Country team continues to train here, and call Bare Cove Park "home" for their Fall meets. Our annual fund-raiser, Marathon Sports End of Summer Classic Road Race, was held on August 22nd and was another fun and successful event. This year's race saw fewer runners participating in the 3-mile and 5-mile events, so the BCP committee has established a Liaison to work with John Childs in helping to promote and coordinate the Classic. This event is very important to BCP and some actions were taken to boost the turnout.

The net proceeds of $5,500 were donated to the Friends of Bare Cove Park gift account. The post-race festivities in 2014 were held in the park. Many thanks to John Childs, his Old Colony Running Events team, sponsors, and volunteers! Bare Cove Park has also been the beneficiary of other donations, and the pictured bench is a great representation of how those donations are used.

We are fortunate to have Hingham Animal Control Officer Leslie Badger in the Park on a regular basis. She continues to educate dog owners and enforce the law to ensure that Bare Cove Park is safe and enjoyable for all visitors.

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

Committee Members: Bob Smaldone (Chair), Jim Nowicki (Vice-Chair), Ted Matthews (Treasurer), Shirley Rydell (Secretary), Dewitt DeLawter, Tom Burbank, Susan Kains, Rik Johnson and Ranger Scott McMillan.



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