John J. Lane Park

Hours & Notes:
  • Dawn till Dusk
  • Restrooms open April - October
  • Park is carry in, carry out
  • Dogs must remain on leash (picked up after)
  • No alcohol, Fires or Golfing
Please help us keep our parks beautiful by adhering to the notes above and following all signage in our parks.  

Fields are operated by the Community Services, Recreation & Parks Division and maintained by the DPW, Land Facilities & Natural Resources Division.  


John J. Lane, without whose vision this park would not be, was a lifelong Natick volunteer.He created the town’s first playground program, was a founder of Natick Little League, was for two decades the chairman of the Recreation Commission, and was instrumental in securing the first 3.5 acres of this beautiful site as parkland — among many other civic accomplishments.

On the occasion of the first dedication of this park in 1967, it was written of John J. Lane: “To this Great Man we, in this small way, say Thanks for all the Residents of Natick for the many hours of time donated to the Recreation Movement in Natick and this facility shall serve as a reminder of his unselfish contribution to Recreation throughout this life.”

In 2014, the park was doubled in size and enhanced, again thanks to the work and foresight of volunteers and dedicated leaders. Natick’s state legislators and members of the Massachusetts National Guard provided invaluable assistance.  We have a long term lease thanks to the cooperation of the Executive Office of Public Safety – Military Division (“EOPS”).  Nor could the improvements have come to fruition without the service of the Natick Conservation Commission, the Recreation & Parks Commission and support from the residents of Natick.

Please enjoy our community park, and perhaps consider, in the spirit of John J. Lane, how your own service might be of benefit to others.  

  • Playground Equipment Ages 2-5, Ages 5 & up
  • Community Garden Plots 
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Grass Volleyball Court
  • Bocce Court
  • 3 Shade Pavilions
  • 2 Open Grass Fields
  • Nature Performance area (10 nature benches)
  • Public Restrooms
  • Walking Paths & Nature Trail
  • Off Street Parking