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Look Memorial Park, commonly referred to as Look Park, is a park in Florence, Massachusetts in Hampshire Country. The park is open year round.

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History

Look Park, consisting of over one hundred & fifty acres, was gift to the City of Northampton from Mrs. Fannie Burr Look, wife of Frank Newhall Look. She provided the land, funds for its development and a trust fund for its upkeep.[1] Additionally, operation and maintenance funds are dependent upon visitor fees, grants, and gifts. The park was made open to the public in 1930. The Park is a city-owned park and is administered as a non-profit organization.

Amenities

The park features walking paths around its perimeter. The Mill River runs through the park and small tributaries to it serve as a duck pond. A 15-inch (381 mm)-gauge miniature railway operates on a 1 mile (1.6 km) track within the park, complete with a tunnel and boarding station. Attractions include a water park, tennis courts, several play structures, bumper boats, peddle boats, a miniature golf course, as well as covered picnic areas and pavilions. Historic covered bridges cross the small streams that run through the park. The center of the park contains a 15-acre (6 ha) playing field with several baseball and softball diamonds. The Northampton Recreation Department offers a camp for youth ages 5–12 during the summer, facilitated at Look Park. The Garden House, a banquet hall within the park allows for formal events and weddings.

Pines Theater

The Pines Theater is an outdoor amphitheater located within the park. The stage is built out of Goshen stone, along with the entryway and sound towers. The theater holds the annual "Transperformance" concert, a music festival hosted by The Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of the Northampton Public Schools. Famous artists to perform at the venue include Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The theater is currently managed by the Iron Horse Entertainment Group

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References

  1. ^ http://www.lookpark.org/index.php?id=56

Coordinates: 42°20′40″N 72°41′20″W / 42.34444°N 72.68889°W / 42.34444; -72.68889

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