Rogers Fort Hill Park, Lowell, Massachusetts
Rogers Fort Hill Park is situated on a glacial drumlin that rises 190 feet above the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, which was established on the river plain created at the confluence of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers in the early 1820s. Rogers Fort Hill Park was designed by both Boston landscape designer Ernest Bowditch and the famous Olmsted Brothers Firm. This lovely green gem is Lowell's largest scenic park.
Overlooking the Concord River, the Park consists of 34 acres, 11 of which are mowed. The remaining 23 acres are wooded, in various stages of regeneration. The park is viewed by many as two separate parcels, with the Urban Wilderness area leading to the summit as distinct from the mowed areas adjacent to the neighborhood. Before the trees at the summit grew in, it was possible to appreciate magnificent views both of the city below and the mountains of New Hampshire on the horizon.
The forest, which has evolved since the first trees were planted in 1885, is composed primarily of native Oak and Birch. The land surrounding the park is residential and is part of Lowell's Belvidere section, which is noted for its Victorian homes, several of which face the park.
A City Park
At the turn of the century, Frederick Law Olmsted and others regarded parks as a respite from the industrialized city. The rejuvenation of Rogers Fort Hill Park is consistent not only with this philosophy but also with Lowell's present day "Flowering City" initiative. Throughout its history, the city has welcomed and encouraged citizen participation in improving parks and green spaces.