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Surf Park


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Surf Park

Facility Information

Magnolia Ave and Raymond Street
Manchester, MA 01944

Surf Park
Located at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue in Gloucester and Raymond Street in Manchester, this park has no amenities other than a few benches. 

Once the target of an intensive development proposal, Surf Park now offers community members a tranquil setting with scenic views of Kettle Cove. In April 2001, The Trust for Public Land purchased the two-acre property—site of the former Surf Restaurant—and with the Gray Beach Neighborhood Association and Magnolia Neighborhood Association, launched a campaign to convert it into a public park. Funding from the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, the federal 
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, Massachusetts Urban Self-Help program, and more than 250 private contributors helped complete the park, which was then transferred to the City of Gloucester and the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2002. 

The Trust for Public Land also helped create the nonprofit Surf Park Trust to manage the park and its stewardship endowment

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