Buttonwood on the Move

Promoting healthy lifestyles in SouthCoast Massachusetts

Buttonwood on the Move is a major fitness initiative and fundraising campaign led by The Friends of Buttonwood Park. The campaign aims to improve active recreational facilities and encourage exercise in Buttonwood Park.

Well-maintained urban parks make cities like New Bedford healthier, happier places to live. By improving the park’s sports and recreation facilities, we hope to unite our diverse community and provide SouthCoast residents with a safe place to exercise outdoors.

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Buttonwood on the Move

Our Buttonwood on the Move projects are improving recreational facilities and encouraging exercise in the park.

Basketball Courts

As our first Buttonwood on the Move project, we chose to restore the park’s basketball courts. These heavily used basketball courts had not been updated in 30 years. We raised more than $90,000 and built three new clean, safe basketball courts, which opened in 2014.

Nature Trail

Our next big Buttonwood on the Move project is to create a nature trail through 18 acres of woods that lie north of the pond. This area has been overgrown and neglected for years. Right now, we’re working to raise $50,000 by 2017 to develop a master plan for this trail.

Tennis Court

Tennis Courts

Down the road, we have our eyes set on restoring the tennis courts. Tennis players used to flock to Buttonwood Park, but these courts haven’t been maintained properly. They need our help so a new generation can safely play tennis in the park.


Thank you to our sponsors for your generous support of Buttonwood on the Move!

Champions ($10,000-$20,000)

Champions ($10,000-$20,000)

Players & Fans (over $500)

Players & Fans (over $500)


Every dollar goes to our park

Support the work of The Friends today! Your donation goes directly to projects that protect, improve, and maintain Buttonwood Park.

Take Action

Help us protect and improve Buttonwood Park

You can make a difference for Buttonwood Park. Become a member of The Friends, volunteer your time with us, or plant a commemorative tree at the park.