Friends of Center Park

2021 was a productive year as you can see from this link to the Friends of Center Park newsletter

Newsletter 2021

We are planning events, workshops, garden classes and other outdoor community activities to augment the free public access from dawn to dusk at this charming pocket park in the heart of Carlisle center.

We welcome your ideas and input!

Friends of Center Park


Ancient Mariners play at Canter Park in 2014

Just confirmed…The Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band will once again perform at Center Park from Noon to 3 PM on Old Home Day, June 23, 2018. All are invited to celebrate Center Park’s 11th birthday with a Bring-Your-Own-Picnic on this annual day of family fun in Carlisle.


5/2/18 Lenten Rose

I’m a frequent visitor to Center Park on my walks through Carlisle Center and delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the park website: www.carlislecenterpark.org.  My goals as webmaster are to make this blog a resource for current information about Center Park, with posts noting what’s in flower as the seasons change, photos, and reports on events at Center Park. I’ll update the Plant List soon.

The following is excerpted from Center Park coordinator Sabrina Perry’s May 4th  Letter to the Editor in the Mosquito, which vividly captures the first signs of spring…

Center Park has begun to bloom! Hellebores (Lenten Roses) add beauty along both sides of the lawn. The Island: bright yellow daffodils, tiny periwinkle Scilla, and shoots of Solomon’s Seal about  2” high now beckon marching like a school band across the length of the Island. The vinca ground cover is dotted with violet-blue flowers, adding color harmony to the parking area too.

Center Park was not spared the ravages of the March nor’easters; professional tree trimming is in progress as well as other spring maintenance.

Carlisle Center Park invites you to visit and celebrate the wonders of spring!

We welcome your comments & questions about the website and Center Park.

Visit Center Park to enjoy blooming Hydrangea, Shasta Daisy, Day Lily, Clematis, Baptisia, Coral Bells,  and many other perennials. The Island will be bursting forth with Hostas and Solomon Seal. Climbing white hydrangea on the lattice panels at the right entrance will catch your eye. Summer is definitely a delightful season to visit the park.

Dedicated in 2007, Carlisle Center Park replaced the small park area that the town of Carlisle and the Department of Public Works had developed after the purchase of the .6-acre parcel in 1974. See what a difference ten years of attentive care with landscaping, upkeep, maintenance, and a garden design have made.

Enjoy a quiet respite as you sit alone or with friends and family on one of Center Park’s benches. Listen to the birdsong, enjoy the sunshine and cool breezes, and let yourself succumb to the charm, peace, and harmonious beauty of Center Park.

Summer 2016 has arrived in Carlisle Center Park! This season marks the park’s ninth year of providing a multitude of glorious blossoms that visitors have come to expect.

Peace and beauty abound in the new and established plantings in the flowerbeds around the lawn. Visitors will also note many special-interest plants throughout the park, including 72 hay-scented ferns near the back stone wall.

Carlisle Center Park offers four generously laid out seating areas ideal for relaxing and enjoying the harmonious design, quiet beauty, and gentle setting of this greenspace.

Near the teak benches in the center bed several knockout rose bushes are blooming, along with dozen Weigela displaying maroon flowers, and Baptisia, with delicate blue blossoms.

Mid-season royal purple clematis is in bloom along with Catmint/Nepeta and Astilbe.

A new climbing hydrangea has settled on three trellis panels  The complete plant listing is at the website: carlislecenterpark.org, including a variety of hosta and Solomon’s Seal that are spreading throughout the park’s 45-foot island.

Tim Malone, groundskeeper, enjoys meeting all who stop by for a visit while he expertly tends to the park, located on more than half an acre of Carlisle town property, at 42 Lowell Street.  For more information, or to give us feedback, ideas, and inspiration, please contact us at centerparkincarlislema@gmail.com.


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