In 1894, Joseph Story Fay gave Goodwill Park to the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts. The 86-acre park was originally a state reservation until 1948, when the town of Falmouth decided to purchase the land. Since then, Goodwill Park has been a favorite spot for many locals and visitors.
As you enter Goodwill park, you immediately see a large new playground. There are some picnic tables and small stationary grills right outside the playground for families to enjoy. With Goodwill park being a lovely open place to spend an afternoon, it is a popular site for birthday parties and events. There are two pavilions available for the public use. If your party is larger than 14 people, a permit from the Town of Falmouth is required.
Once past the playground, there is a short, paved walk to Grew’s Pond. This pond is Falmouth’s only freshwater beach. There is a large grassy area, a volleyball net and additional benches and grills all around the park. At this beach there is a set of stairs that can be used to get from the grassy area to the sandy shores. There is also a lifeguard and barrier ropes provided to keep families safe while swimming. Should they be needed, you may also request wheelchairs from the lifeguard. Fishing and kayaking are both also allowed at this pond. Restrooms are available about halfway between the playground and the beach at Grew’s Pond.
In addition to Grew’s Pond, there are also many trails that run through Goodwill Park, one of which is Long Pond Trail. Long Pond is the town’s source of drinking water. This trail is a popular trail site; however, because it runs along Long Pond, there are restrictions to going within 100 feet of the water's edge. These trails are very popular for hikes, biking and running.
Between the playground, beach, open fields and hiking trails, this park has much to keep you busy. With ADA accessibility and restrooms available, it is a great place to take the family and spend a warm summer day.