Revitalization efforts are ongoing at the historic Hood Park in Derry, New Hampshire. The project will enhance the community’s enjoyment of Hood Park by improving existing features and adding new features, including a pickleball court, a splash pad, a playground, new and improved nature trails; a pond water feature; and landscaping improvements.
The park was established in 1938, named after the prominent Hood family and dairy company. Hood Park is located alongside Hood Pond, which was once used as a swimming hole. The pond area is still open for fishing but is unsuitable for swimming due to bacteria. Other existing amenities include basketball courts, a street hockey court, shuffleboard courts, a playground, a picnic area, and walking trails.
The project is about the town: its people, and all that it represents in an outdoor recreational environment for all to enjoy. In 2020, the Town of Derry gathered input from the community to learn about their preferences and ideas for the future of Hood Park. TFMoran Landscape Architects brought to life this wonderful project while maintaining a practical focus on delivering a buildable project for Derry.
Elements of the project were designed with safety and security in mind. Ease of maintenance was at the forefront of the design and when possible, native plant materials were selected to minimize long-term watering requirements. Irrigation was provided only where needed, and a designated space for snow storage was considered.
The natural landscape is enhanced by multi-use paths throughout the property. The pickleball court, playground, and splash pad offer additional recreation. The space will be a more comfortable, natural, and safe environment for the community to enjoy for years to come.
TFMoran provided land surveying and landscape architecture services for the project. Construction is expected to begin this spring.