|Fall River Heritage State Park|
|Location||Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States|
|Area||14 acres (5.7 ha)|
|Governing body||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website||Fall River Heritage State Park|
Fall River Heritage State Park is a history-themed public recreation area on the Taunton River in Fall River, Massachusetts. The state park encompasses 14 acres (5.7 ha) beside the Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge on Battleship Cove, home of the World War II battleship USS Massachusetts. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The development of the state's heritage parks program began with the allocation of $35 million in 1978 for the creation of eight urban parks throughout Massachusetts. The program's aim was to create quality urban space, celebrate the communities' cultural heritage, and stimulate private economic investment. The visitors center at Fall River Heritage State Park opened to the public in 1985.
Activities and amenities
In addition to its visitors center, the park offers a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, a 3-acre (1.2 ha) meadow used for picnicking, concerts, and arts & crafts fairs, an antique carousel relocated from Dartmouth's Lincoln Park, and a public sailing program.
In 2018 the park's summer schedule included outdoor rock concerts, a Southeast Asian Cultural Festival, outdoor movies, and a free performance of Shakespeare.
- "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Fall River Heritage State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Annual Report: Fiscal Year 1986". Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "Annual Report: Fiscal Year 1985". Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "Healthy Heart Trails". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- Dion, Marc Munroe (30 June 2018). "Journey tribute band brings the rock to Fall River waterfront". Fall River Herald News. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
- Fall River Heritage State Park Department of Conservation and Recreation