The Theodore S. Luddington Memorial Park is located between the Turner Free Library and the Central Fire Station. Named in honor of Theodore S. Luddington (1900-1961), a Randolph resident and selectman who served on numerous town committees. In 1964, the Randolph Board of Selectman voted to transfer the "care and custody" of the park to the Trustees of the Turner Free Library.
In 2021 and 2022, the Turner Free Library was awarded Community Preservation funds to revitalize the Theodore S. Luddington Memorial Park into a welcoming recreation area for the Randolph community. To date a major effort to increase pedestrian safety has been completed by the installation of an ADA accessible walkway connecting Memorial Parkway and Turner Lane. In the final stage of the project, the Library will be installing park furniture and adding outdoor wireless access points to provide free WiFi to park users. The end goal of this project is to transform the space into a park for Randolph residents of all ages to enjoy.
Today, the park features a mural created by students at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph and organized by art teacher
Jen Vanora. Describing the painting process, Jen notes that "the May Center School specializes in education for students with autism, and our students range in age from 4 to 21. We are thinking about this painting as a community service project, something that our students can give of themselves to the larger community. So, our students are coming to the walkway wall with that in mind, and they really feel good about doing this for the town. We are driving over in very small groups throughout the school day, and each group is adding colors, shapes, and texture. Artistically, we are talking about warm and cool colors, choosing which colors to mix, and which to use next to each other. We are also working on making patterns, as well as layering shapes and colors over the colors of the previous class to build texture. The heat has slowed us down a little bit, but the classes are still excited. We are really proud of how our students are rising to the occasion of giving of their efforts and creativity. Our students have so much to give, and we appreciate the opportunity for them to do so!"
Dedication page in the 126th Annual Report Town of Randolph for the Year Ending December 31st, 1961
Special thanks for the support of this project go to:
Town Manager Brian Howard
Randolph Community Preservation Committee
Trustees of the Turner Free Library