Restored Achushnet Sawmill Recreation Area to Open Nov. 6

Newly planted trees in the restored red maple swamp.
Newly planted trees in the restored red maple swamp.

After 2 years of restoration—including tearing out pavement, planting dozens of new trees, and building river overlooks and trails—the Buzzards Bay Coalition will open the restored Acushnet Sawmill site to the public on Friday, Nov. 6.

The Sawmill sits at the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End, along the banks of the Acushnet River. Once a large, bustling industrial site and lumber yard, the 19-acre property has been transformed into a public park that protects the river’s health and provides local residents with a beautiful place to explore the outdoors.

The park will open in November, after giving newly planted trees and grasses a chance to establish themselves. That took a little longer than anticipated due to unusually dry weather conditions this spring and summer. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on landscaping, signage, and the new Hawes Family Learning Center, which once served as an office building for the Acushnet Saw Mills Company located at this site.

A speaking ceremony will take place at The Sawmill on the afternoon of Nov. 6 (exact time to be announced), after which Coalition staff will lead attendees on a walk through the property. From then on, The Sawmill will be open to the public every day from dawn to dusk for hiking, paddling, fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, and more.


Watch a video of the Acushnet Sawmill site during the restoration process and learn more about the project.