About Us

The Friends of Choate park is an all volunteer non-profit group that was started in the late summer of 2005 to revitalize historic Choate Park in Medway, MA.  The group saw the park as a diamond in the rough that we could refurbish to help make Choate Park the heart of Medway.  We want Choate Park to continue to be a special place where memories are made for Medway’s youth – a place for the child in all of us to relax, play or spend the day.

Email us at choatefriends@yahoo.com to find out our latest meeting schedule.

Completed or Ongoing Projects

Since our inception, our group has conducted a number of fundraisers and events to raise money for the park and bring the community together to use and take care of this wonderful open space resource.  Working with the town of Medway’s Park Department as well as the Park Commissioners, we have completed a number of projects to improve the park and bring more people of all ages there.  With donations of time and money from area businesses, we have done a lot in the past 5 years to improve Choate Park.  We have also worked with Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts to refurbish different areas of the park.

2005

Bevilacqua Paving donated the work and expense to add the trike trail to the tot lot.

Fasolino Landscaping built the sand box in our tot lot and Medway Lumber donated the materials.

2006

With donations from community members and our buy a brick program, The Friends of Choate Park (FOCP) was able to add a new toddler appropriate jungle gym to the tot lot and a balance beam to the school age lot.

The Medway Lions Club gave a generous donation to add on to the existing school age jungle gym that they had given to the park a number of years ago.

An Eagle Scout created a trail that connects Choate Park to the Medway High School.  This adds to the wonderful walking trails available at the park.

The FOCP added two perennial gardens to the park (one on the parking lot side of the tennis courts and the other surrounding the tot lot playground).

The FOCP held a very successful Wine Tasting event in conjunction with the Oak Grove Playground Committee from Millis.

The FOCP added a fence to keep toddlers and preschoolers safely within their own playground area.

The FOCP painted the bridge, raked the park, cleaned the gardens and maintained the park during an Earth Day clean up with the help of Starbucks Coffee.

The FOCP won $2,300 for being a finalist in the Dr. Pepper Pepper Your Community Contest.

2007

A Cadette Girl Scout troop worked together to get their Silver Award for designing, creating and planting a butterfly garden in the memorial garden near the bridge.

An Eagle Scout fixed up the existing exercise stations around the pond as well as replacing the signs for each station.

An Eagle Scout cleaned up the Court area of the park by painting the fencing and basketball hoops, redoing the wall ball court and cleaning up the Volleyball Court.

An Eagle Scout designed and built benches made out of recycled materials to add to the sitting areas around the pond and throughout the park.

The FOCP raked the park, cleaned the gardens and performed maintenance during an Earth Day clean up with the help of Hannaford Supermarkets.

With donations from local businesses and community members, the FOCP added a brick pathway to the center of the park. Interested parties can still purchase bricks to add to this enduring memorial path.  Please contact us at choatefriends@yahoo.com if you would like to buy an engraved brick to add to the pathway.

The FOCP continued maintenance on the gardens, playground, picnic tables and benches.

2008

An Eagle Scout worked to create and build the community board located at Choate Park near the playground.

An Eagle Scout refurbished the tennis courts area of the park, adding signs to trees, rules for the court and he prepped a lily garden facing the street.

The FOCP added Choatie the turtle to the park.

2009

The FOCP raked the park, cleaned the gardens and maintained the park during an Earth Day clean up with the fabulous help of W. Podzka Landscaping and their wonderful crew.  K & K Mulch donated the mulch for the trees and gardens in the park.   The FOCP added a lily garden to the park with donations from local gardeners.

The FOCP with the help of a Senior Girl Scout (Gold Award)Jefferson Bailey, mason and the O’Brien & Sons Community Build Team took out the old silver slide (well loved but not to code anymore) and added the contemporary and already beloved rolling slide to the tot lot.

Jeff Bailey added newly engraved bricks to the existing brick path.

An Eagle Scout painted the interior of the concession building at Choate Park and reorganized the materials inside the building as well as painting the exterior doors.

Senior Girl Scout (Gold Award) worked with FOCP to create this wonderful website as a tool for us to communicate with the community.

2010

The FOCP has commissioned local resident Jesse Green,http://www.themachinejessegreen.com/, to create a piece of artwork for the park.  Jesse is currently designing and creating a dancing turtle for all to enjoy at the park.

The FOCP is working with the school children of Medway to begin a revenue generating recycling brigade for juice boxes and snack pouches with the goal being to bring new playground equipment to the park.  The project is a big success already and the children are enthusiastic and excited about helping to recycle and adding to their own park through their efforts. You can collect pouches for the brigade at home and start bringing them to the dump/Medway Recycling Center after March 17th (please remove straws).  Look for the FOCP container.

The FOCP will host another Earth Day clean up with the help of W.Podzka Landscaping and K & K Mulch.  Join us on April 17th from 9 – noon.  Rain or shine!

2011

The FOCP along with town hall replaced the swings and add a handicap-accessable swing along with new safety surfacing.

2012

We continue to do our annual Pumpkin Walk and Earth Day Clean Up at the Park.  Memorial benches and trees have been added to the park’s landscaping.

2013

The Annual Pumpkin Walk has become a huge event with an outpouring of help from High School volunteer groups.

2014

The park is being enjoyed and used on a daily basis which was our hope for this space when we started.  Who can imagine they empty and isolated playground and park that we started working on nine years ago?

2015

Our 10th Annual Pumpkin Walk is being planned.  We hope to make it bigger and better than ever.

Future Projects

Friends of Choate Park have many exciting plans for the future of the park.  We hope to continue adding to the ease of use and enjoyment for all who come to Choate Park.

We expect to add some new structures for kids and to replace old ones. We intend to raise enough money to purchase a “Space Net” and a “Natural Element Climber”.

To help us reach our goals, please join us at our bi-annual clean ups, buy a brick to support the park, make a donation or join our group and support our efforts.    Email us at choatefriends@yahoo.com to find out our latest meeting schedule.