Brockton, MA

The Most Important Open Space In Brockton & Avon Might Be Expanding

Dianna Carney

The nonprofit Wildlands Trust has recently announced an exciting project in collaboration with the City of Brockton and the Town of Avon. With funding secured from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program and a private foundation, Wildlands Trust aims to expand the renowned D.W. Field Park. The 700-acre urban sanctuary is considered "the most important open space asset in Avon and Brockton." This project will bring an additional 32 acres to D.W. Field Park, enhancing its capacity to serve the local communities' health, habitat, and climate resilience needs.

"The Gateway Cities of Massachusetts, already stressed by many issues, are confronting significant new challenges in the face of climate change. Adding land to D.W. Field Park will help Avon and Brockton alleviate flooding, protect water quality, reduce heat, and provide much-needed access to nature." - Wildlands Trust

However, the success of this endeavor relies on community support. Wildlands Trust has been challenged to demonstrate community backing to access private funds. They are seeking 200 donations, each of $5 or more, to showcase the commitment and enthusiasm of the community. Two days after the Wildlands Trust posted to social media explaining the project, the donation page set up by the Wildlands Trust reveals the project has received 35 out of the 200 necessary donations. Many donors left personal notes about how meaningful the park has been to them throughout their lives. "I learned to fish there 50 years ago. Great for all residents and our ecosystem." Another local explained the importance of contributing to the project, stating that they're "donating because the park is important for Brockton residents. This is a great opportunity we can't afford to miss. Let's unlock it!"

To see the most up-to-date information about this project, including how you can contribute, visit the Wildlands Trust's website created for the project at

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