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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Coggshall Park Welcomes Home Two New Residents

For Immediate Release

Contact:         Nathan LaRose, Recreation Director


July 30, 2019           

Coggshall Park Welcomes Home Two New Residents

Fitchburg, Mass. Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, the Board of Park Commissioners and the Friends of Coggshall Park are pleased to welcome two new residents to Coggshall Park, a pair of mute swans.

The two swans will be joining us from a breeder in Indiana. The swans are both female and have been pinioned. The Swans will be arriving in Fitchburg via Logan International Airport on July 30, 2019. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife issued the City a permit to import the mute swans on July 24, 2019.

In 2017, Coggshall Park’s last two resident swans each passed of natural causes within four months of each other. The swans at that time had joined the Coggshall family in 2002. The average lifespan of a Mute Swan is 15-20 years with some swans having been known to live significantly longer.

“I am excited to see our new friends finally making their way home,” said Nate LaRose, Recreation Director. “I would like to express my gratitude to Mayor DiNatale, the Friends of Coggshall Park, the Jean McCarthy Family, and to Mass Wildlife for their assistance in making this possible. We would not be seeing the return of Mute Swans without their efforts.”

“This is a great day for Coggshall Park,” said Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale. “Swans have been a fixture at Coggshall for over 100 years.  This year happens to be the 125th anniversary of the donation of Coggshall Park to the City, and it is only fitting we see the return of Mute Swans to our community.”

Mayor DiNatale added, “I hope the community joins me in welcoming the Swans to Fitchburg, their new home.”

The Department of Public Works will be picking up the swans on July 30th at Logan International Airport and transporting them directly to Coggshall Park.

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