Prospect Park is a historic public park near the center of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The area used to be the home of the Whittall family, featuring a large mansion and extravagant garden. A small portion of the mansion still stands today, but locals today mostly visit the park to walk along the miles of public trails.
Prospect Park is located between Prospect Street and Boylston Street. Those living near the park can easily travel throughout the area due to its central location between Interstate 290 and the Boston Turnpike. Route 70, Route 140, and the Hartford Turnpike are also nearby.
The homes near Prospect Park vary in style in size including Capes, Colonials, and ranches, most of which have between 2-5 bedrooms and 2-5 bathrooms. Many of the homes in the area have an attached garages and over 1,500 square feet of living area, while some of the larger homes exceed 5,000 square feet in living spaces. Most of the houses are located along the main roads of Prospect Street and Boylston Street, but there is a small neighborhood between them known as “The Planets.” The streets in this neighborhood get their names from our solar system.
Prospect Park isn’t the only public park in the area. Slocum Meadow, Carlstrom Memorial Forest, Rawson Hill, and Dean Park are just a few miles away. Each of these parks and forests feature nature trails and grassy areas to observe local wildlife or enjoy a picnic. There’s also a few sports fields and a small pond at Dean Park where visitors can go fishing. There are plenty of more fishing hotspots about five miles west at Lake Quinsigamond, which also features many public boat launch ramps and a public beach at Quinsigamond State Park.
The homes near Prospect Park are about three miles north of Route 9, the site of many of Shrewsbury’s shopping areas. Locals can drive directly south on Route 140 to reach Shrewsbury Crossing, where many excellent stores and restaurants are located. By traveling west on Route 9, you’ll find White City Shopping Center, an outdoor plaza in western Shrewsbury, as well as the Greendale Mall and Lincoln Plaza in Worcester. Worcester is also home to many museums and theaters such as Mechanics Hall, the Hanover Theatre, and Palladium.