Pine Banks Park
Pine Banks Park Pine Banks Park is open for the summer season. The picnic sites are open, but require a reservation for weekends and holidays. Reservations are accepted by calling 781-324-0822, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. We look forward to another great summer season. Enjoy the Park!  
Pine Banks Park
Pine Banks Park
 
 

 

Pine Banks Park
About the Park
Foundation of the Park
Former Mayor Elisha S. Converse left a 107.5 acre estate to the cities of Melrose and Malden in 1905 to be jointly used “forever as a public park” and managed by a nonprofit corporation comprised of a seven-member board of trustees from the two cities and a descendant of the Converse family. The will also stipulated that both cities must share equally in the cost of maintaining Pine Banks Park.
 
History and Geology of the Land
The site reportedly belonged originally to the Wampanoags in the early 1660s and the Lynde family in the early 1700s. Some of the natural features of Pine Banks Park are hundreds of large evergreens, especially white pines and cedars, rocky ledges, Mount Ephraim, lookouts, a pond and wildlife. Millions of years ago, volcanoes altered the rocky areas and earthquakes created a fault line just south of the park. Thousands of years ago, mile high glaciers covered the land leaving an esker, a ridge formed as a rocky stream flowing under the ice, that today is a fascinating elevated walking path resembling a bridge.
 
Postcard of Pine Banks Park in Melrose and Malden. Published in early 1900s.
See photos of past and present park.
Read about The Foundation and download documents.
Pine Banks Park
Pine Banks Park
Pine Banks Park

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