Pope John Paul II Park Reservation, also known as Pope Park, is a 66-acre (27 ha)
state park bordering the
Neponset River in the
Dorchester section of
Boston. The park has been reclaimed from the former site of a
landfill and the Neponset
Drive-In as part of the Lower Neponset River Master Plan and the development of the
Neponset River Reservation.
 The park is managed by the
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
DCR has restored a
salt marsh area and planted native trees and shrubs. The area now attracts an increased variety of birds to the habitat, including
snowy egrets and
great blue herons.
Activities and amenities
- Trails: The park includes a number of trails for walking, hiking and running, including the
Lower Neponset River Trail.
- The park offers bird watching, fishing catch and release in some parts of the park , open space fields for soccer, picnicking, restrooms, and playgrounds, and it is home to many road races..