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A Living Classroom

Center Park is Carlisle's place for education on plantings and best practices in gardening. In 2024 we will be in the 17th year years since an abandoned lot was turned into Center Park and in our 5th year since a dedicated group of volunteers began a new style of stewardship to enhance beautiful Carlisle Center Park. Come visit any day dawn to dusk to take in the natural beauty of this pocket park and to get inspiration for your own landscape.

Thank you 2023 donors

Financial donors; Emily Saylor and Bryan Jacqes, Carolyn Shohet, Amy Livens, Cynthia Sorn and Paul, Richard and Kathy Chick, Lee and Cecile Sandwen, Lois Adams, Lynn and Peter Stuart, Kathy and Dana Booth, Joan and Don Allen, Elisabeth Bojarski, Gio DiNicola, Lillian and Angelo DeBenedictis, Sarah and Robert Goldsmith, In-Kind donors; John Althouse - Native shrubs and Pruning workshop instructor, Dana Booth - Moss, ferns and woodland groundcovers, Dian Cebra - Redbud trees, Maryfran Johnson - Perennials (Rampaging Harots), Ed Graham - Frame for Center Park Sign, Massachusetts Master Gardeners - $500 grant Carlisle Cultural Council - Events funding

Do you have ideas for Center Park? We are now ready to implement our 2024 plans, but still welcome your feedback. Email  Are there aspects of the park you love and want improved? Ideas you have for events and activities?  Questions about our proposed shed and picnic table? We welcome you input!

Open dawn to dusk

Spring bulbs are blooming! Come tour our little park and see how many plants are now labeled. Many are native and might thrive in your landscape too! We have plans for a new tool storage shed, an upgrade to our compost bins, and ideas for a new picnic table area that will encourage visitors to have picnics and gatherings. Please come to one or more free garden classes where you can learn to identify weeds, get guidance for what thrives in Carlisle in sun and shade, dry and moist conditions. Bring your questions. The interests of the students guide what we do and discuss each class.

  • ​​Directions:  From the Carlisle rotary go north on Lowell Street. Turn right into the parking area just after Ferns.

  • To see map click here.

  • About us: 

    •  Carlisle Center Park is owned by the Town of Carlisle and managed by private volunteer committees known as the Friends of   Center Park (FOCP). For more information and to read the history of the park click here.​​

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