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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Canton, Massachusetts

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Canton Public Library

The Canton Public Library began in 1874 when Mr. Frank Webster, and other members of the Grand Army of the Republic, requested $500 from the Town in order to purchase books. This was to furnish a reading room that was established in 1873 in the Grand Army Hall on Washington and Church Street where Mr. Webster served as a voluntary Librarian collecting books donated by the townspeople. The request was granted with the condition that the books remain the property of the town and can be used for free by the inhabitants. Soon the reading room became known as the Canton Public Library. The present building of the library was bequeathed to the town by Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Hemenway, Canton philanthropists.

Canton Town Hall

Canton has the open town meeting form of government. Annually each spring, and as necessary, the voters gather to discuss matters such as zoning, schools, public works, recreational facilities, the budget, taxes and bond issues. Property taxes on residential and other land, buildings and improvements, and transfers from the state government, are two important sources of revenue for the town. The five elected members of the Board of Selectmen oversee the day-to-day operations of the town government. The Planning Board approves new town subdivisions, reviews site plans for commercial development, oversees the towns scenic ways, drafts and approves a town wide master plan, and statutorily provides recommendations to Town Meeting regarding zoning and development.

Town of Canton

Canton was officially incorporated on February 23, 1797 from the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. The name "Canton" was suggested by Elijah Dunbar and comes from the early belief that Canton, China was on the complete opposite side of the earth (antipodal). In addition to being a prominent Canton citizen, Elijah Dunbar was the first President of the Stoughton Musical Society from 1786 to 1808. This is now the oldest choral society in the United States.

Paul Revere built the nation's first Copper Rolling Mill in Canton in 1801. His poem entitled "Canton Dale" expresses his affection for the town. Canton is the birthplace of the Rising Sun Stove Polish Company, founded by Elijah Morse, a wealthy merchant and creator of the pot-belly stove.

Canton Center

Canton Center is a commuter rail station on the MBTA's Providence/Stoughton Line located in Canton, Massachusetts. It is served by most Stoughton Branch service except for evening inbound trains. The station has 1 side platform on the south side of the track west of Washington Street; the platform has a mini-high section for handicapped accessibility. Canton Center has seen one of the largest relative increases in ridership of any commuter rail station during the MBTA era. Ridership has increased tenfold from 65 daily riders in 1983 to 1,113 in 2013, while overall system ridership roughly tripled during that timeframe. This is in large part due to service increases on the line, which began on March 12, 1984 as mitigation for construction work on the Southeast Expressway.

The Bank of Canton

The Bank of Canton was established in 1835 by a group of citizens as the Canton Institution for Savings. The family of Paul Revere has played a significant role in the formation of the Canton Institution for Savings, and also in its governance for more than 100 years. The first branch office of the bank was in Bent's Tavern. Later the bank relocated to an old stone house in the center of the town, then to an office near Canton train station, a former Post Office and finally to the current location of the Bank of Canton. Bank of Canton remained a solid, slow-growing local saving bank until 1987 when James D. Egan became president and transformed it into a vibrant, expanding provider of financial services.

Bolivar Pond

Bolivar Pond, also known as Ames Pond, was formed by damming of Beaver and Steep Brooks at Bolivar Street. There was a popular boat club that ran along the pond’s shores at Mechanic Street. It provided waterfront access and entertainment for the veterans from the Civil War and both World Wars. Eventually the pond was closed due to pollution caused by the town dump located nearby. Nowadays, the town's swimming pool is located on its shore.

City Pool

Bolivar Swimming Pool is operated according to the Canton Recreation Program only for the enjoyment of Canton Residents. The pool is the only municipal swimming area in the town. The Pool is located on Bolivar Street approximately one half mile from Washington Street. The Department charges a fee for access to the swimming pool. Certified Red Cross Lifeguards are always present to ensure safety.

Pequitside Farm

Pequitside Farm is a 33 acre park facility that was acquired by the Town of Canton in June 1971. Pequitside Farm has grown into one of the most flexible, multipurpose, conservation and recreation facilities in the area. It has the following uses for the town: picnic and passive recreation area, protected wetland area, playground, walking trail development, community garden area and also for event rentals.

Canton High School

Canton High School has the goal to develop students who are competent and creative in thinking and are confident learners. The school promotes academic excellence in order to create an inclusive community with respectful and responsible relations.

Messinger Playground

Messinger Street Playground, also known as Massapoag Cabot Playground, was created on 41/2 acres of land donated by Dr. Arthur Tracy Cabot. He also donated $10,000 trust fund to be used for the children of Canton. The playground opened on July 1, 1913 and has two baseball fields, swings, slides, see-saws, and goal posts for football.

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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Canton, Massachusetts