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.
Board of Trustees
- C. Henry Kezer, President
- Richard R. Burns, Jr.
- Peter M. Carroll
- John Lynch
- Richard C. Rudolph (provisional-at-large), Representative of Converse Family
- Mayor Gary Christenson (Ex Officio), Malden
- Mayor Paul Brodeur (Ex Officio), Melrose
- Kevin Benner, Superintendent
- Russell Kezer, Skilled Laborer
- John Wright, Skilled Laborer
- Jim Hill, Comptroller