Riley Park (Lawrence, MA)

riley1The entrance to Riley Park is located at the intersection of Everett and Salem Streets in South Lawrence. It is named for Philip J. Riley (1894-1929) “Smiling Phil” who was a long time resident of “Shanty Pond”. He served with Battery C, 102nd Field Artillery, 26th Division in World War I, dying of his wounds years later. Land was taken by the City for a playground in 1925. The City honored Riley with the creation of the Philip K. Riley Playstead in 1934, most likely with the help of WPA funding. The area just south of the Merrimack River also held the Alecon Swimming Pool for many years. The Playstead became a park during the 1970s.
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