King Oak Hill Park

A Massachusetts PARC Program project

In December of 2016, the Town of Weymouth received $400,000 in grant funding for park improvements to the King Oak Hill property, the Emery Estate, through the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program. The Weymouth Town Council voted unanimously to accept the grant and approved $1.7 million in borrowing for the total project cost. The PARC program will reimburse the Town $400,000 for work completed.

The Emery Estate is a 24-acre property located on King Oak Hill in East Weymouth. The property was owned by the Emery family and operated as a single-family home (and at times, a working farm) for nearly 100 years. The Town purchased the property in 2011 with $1.9 million in Community Preservation funds. The land is largely untouched open space and is equivalent in area to nearly 18 football fields. Proposed park improvements to the estate include parking to accommodate public use, safe vehicle access from Emery Lane, a comfort building and pavilion structure to support outdoor events, and walking paths that highlight the property’s isolation and hilltop views.

In January of 2017, the Town hired Shadley Associates Landscape Architects of Lexington to design a park at the Emery Estate for passive recreation and outdoor events. Construction will occur between July of 2017 and June of 2018. Documents related to the King Oak Hill Park project are available below: