Coburn Park

Visit

845 Chelmford Street, Lowell, MA 01851

Maps

Coburn Park landscape design

Access

Passive recreational activities are permitted.

 

Parking: Park is at the corner of Chelmsford Street and Stevens Street, Lowell. Parking unofficially available across the street at the shopping plaza.

Directions

At the corner of Chelmsford Street and Stevens Street, Lowell.

Take the Industrial Avenue exit off the Lowell Connector.  Take a right and go under the Connector.  Stay right at rotary.  Next intersection is Chelmsford and Stevens Street. Coburn Park is on your right across the intersection.

Once Forgotten Corner is Now an Oasis of Green

At the corner of Chelmsford and Stevens Street is a small city-owned park that beautifies this busy intersection.

Visit the park and you’ll be able to see the last piece of what was once the large Coburn Homestead and Dairy Farm. Now, as you look out across the intersection, you’ll see the large CrossPoint business towers.  Spring and summer flowers bring vibrant color to the corner, inviting you to explore what many thought was just a backyard, rather than a public park.

Mr. Alfred H. Coburn had a different vision for the corner.  Mr. Coburn was one of the last local, direct descendants (ninth generation) of Edward Colbourne, who arrived from England to Boston and Ipswich in 1635.  His step great-great grandmother, Gratia Ann Parker, had donated the land for the park to the City of Lowell in 1907 and it seemed to be forgotten.

So in 2005 Mr. Coburn approached the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust to help him improve this corner.  He recognized that city resources were slim for capital improvement projects like this, but he wanted to brighten up this corner park with a more inviting design that also recognized the important history of his family as early settlers.

Coburn Park sign

On June 23, 2006, Coburn Park was rededicated through the generosity of many partners. The Trust worked with Alfred H. Coburn, the City of Lowell’s Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation to update the park.

At the rededication, Mr. Coburn said,

“I like to think of Gratia Ann Parker as a woman ahead of her time as she donated the land for what we now call ‘Open Space.’ Perhaps she was a true environmentalist as the term is known today.”

A monument, unveiled at the rededication and pictured below, was created from a drawing Mr. Coburn had of the family homestead.

We thank Damarius Goldston for this video which captures the beauty of this small corner of Lowell.

Thanks to Mr. Coburn’s generosity, the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust has an endowment for the park’s care at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. This fund provides annual income to help care for landscaping and other park needs, above and beyond basic city maintenance.

Donate

Donations to the Alfred H. and Kathryn E. Coburn Endowment are welcome and would enable us to respond to additional needs at the park.  Help us carry forward Mr. Coburn’s legacy so that future generations can enjoy the park and learn about the area’s history. 

Get Involved

Volunteers play a critical role in helping us care for and monitor our properties. If you would like more information about any of the properties or would like to volunteer as a land steward (application form), please let us know at (978) 934-0030. Stewardship projects, in addition to regular site monitoring, on this property could include:

  • Gardening

  • Stewardship with abutters

  • Litter collection, as needed

As a land steward you help provide the additional eyes and ears we need on properties that staff can’t visit as frequently as we would like to. If you can take a regular walk at Coburn Park, you can be a land steward! Check out the perennial gardens, pull a few weeds, maybe pick up a little trash, and let us know if you see anything really interesting or out of sort (e.g., a garden area that needs weeding, a fallen branch, or a broken sign). We have an easy online monitoring form that you can send to us at any time.