Bounded by the Merrimack Canal and adjacent to Lowell High School, with an historic trolley passing along the canal bank, Lucy Larcom Park is a year-round gathering place. It hosts activities during the Lowell Folk Festival, Winterfest, and other annual events. It also home to Lowell’s weekly Farmer’s Market.
Examples of similar park areas that contribute to the vitality of urban life (allowing for differences in scale) are the Navy Pier in Chicago, Bryant Park in New York City, and the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The Merrimack Canal once generated power for Lowell’s largest mill. The loss of adjacent boarding houses is credited with starting the city’s preservation movement.