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South Randolph Municipal Parks
Opening access to our conservation areas
Thousands of Randolph residents live within walking distance of two conservation areas in South Randolph, but even some close neighbors don't realize how close they live. That's because there are few signs, no "Welcome to Your Conservation Area" map, lots of "No Dumping" signs and blocked entrances -- all leading Randolph residents to stay out for decades.
Take a look at the park map from the Randolph Community Wellness Plan (shown above right). It shows the two conservation areas in South Randolph -- the Lokitis Conservation Area and the South Randolph Conservation Area -- they're the two green oases (parks) amidst a sea of red (high need for parks). But a park can only act as an oasis if people know that they're there -- and most residents are unaware of these parks' existence!
Don't believe that people are unaware about their nearest parks? Think about if YOU have been to these two Conservation Areas -- I barely knew about them after two decades in Randolph! I presented this plan to some South Randolph residents and one said, "I go right past the Lokitis Conservation Area on my daily walk and I never knew its name nor that it was a public park." Another resident said, "I live even closer to it, and I never even noticed it at all!"
How do we fix this? One park at a time -- we can add signs and parking places and cleaned-up park entrances -- this page is the plan to get started. Future plans will address several other Conservation Areas around Randolph -- we have a dozen parks like this, all of which are PUBLIC parks but inaccessible or unknown to the public. Let's get started -- we can grant ourselves access to our own parks!