A walk in the park; North Andover's Town Common in the Old Center, bordered by Massachusetts Ave, Osgood St and Andover Street is a popular place.
Any Saturday morning, you'll find 15 or more men and women gathering with their running club. The Town Common is where they meet and although their destination may be 10 miles or 12 miles or more, they return to the common for water and some weekly conversation and motivation from fellow running enthusiasts.
Bosco, Frankie, Papi, Goldie and Dusty all love to go for a walk at the park. Plus there are dog walkers too some 3 and 4 abreast.
It's a great place for a game of frisbee and is large enough so it doesn't seem to bother a family picnic or 2 sun-bathers catching some summer sun rays.
Friends meet for exercise and never seem to bore with a walk around the park.
This quintessential New England landscape is accented by the historic North Parish Church, the original meeting hall for early settlers of the area. And the Johnson Cottage and Museum is a reminder of the rich history and significance of the Town Common.
One man told me that he comes here to enjoy outdoors. His apartment doesn't have green space or a place to be outside so he takes the 5 minute drive every day and calls the Old Center Common his backyard.
There are benches, shade trees, a stage, a mini horticultural tour with some specimen trees, and plenty of trash barrels. It's no wonder that the Festivals Committee for the Town of North Andover plans Children's Concerts, Evening Summer Concert series, Sheep Shearing and Fourth of July Celebrations for this beautiful common.
It's perfect for photographs four seasons.
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