Malden, a City of Neighborhoods
Malden’s strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in its neighborhoods, where many cultures are embraced and celebrated. Each neighborhood shares the commonality of being in Malden yet each has it's own individual character and history.
Bellrock is the south central section of the City, bordered by Main Street on the east, Charles Street on the north, the Malden River on the west, and the Everett line on the south. It contains Bell Rock Memorial Park (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and Bell Rock Cemetery (also listed) which contains marked graves dating back to 1670. Bell Rock Cemetery was called Sandy Bank until the establishment of the Salem Street Cemetery in 1832; it was then known as the Old Burial Ground for half a century until it was renamed in 1882.
The Edgeworth neighborhood is the southwest section of the City. It contains Devir Park, Callahan Park and the City’s recently renovated football facility, Macdonald Stadium. This is the original home of the Converse "All-Star" Basketball Sneakers and the Converse Rubber Factory was once operated at the bottom of Pearl Street. Edgeworth is also home to St. Rocco's Feast which has been celebrated in this neighborhood every August since 1929.
The Faulkner neighborhood is bounded by Ferry Street on the west, the City of Everett on the South, Dell Street on the east and Salem Street on the north. During the 19th Century, industry developed in this area and a large immigrant neighborhood around Bryant and Cross Streets took shape. The area became known as Suffolk Square. Parks in this neighborhood include Daniels Park, Lincoln Commons, Roosevelt Park and Harvard Street Park.
Ferryway is the south central section of the City. It contains the Ferryway School and Newman Park. The land where the school stands was formerly known as Ferryway Green.
Forestdale is the north central section of the City and it contains the Forestdale School and park. It also has the largest park in Malden, Pine Banks Park which was donated to the Cities of Malden and Melrose by the first Mayor of Malden, Elisha Converse. Forestdale Cemetery is also located in this neighborhood and is the largest cemetery in the City. Parts of Forest Street follow an old Indian path.
Linden is the southeast section of the city located East of Broadway/Route 99. It contains the Linden School and Hunting Field which was once a park that encompassed the entire area inside of Broadway, Salem Street, Eastern Avenue and Claremont Street, save for a few homes and a large trolley car barn that was located where Econo Lodge is today. The park at one point had public gardens and a fountain. One of the last remaining vestiges of this park is Education Way which was the old entrance. One of the original park's large oak trees still stands on the corner of Claremont Street as well as some of the stone walls.
Maplewood is located approximately one mile east of the Malden downtown. Maplewood Square is the heart of the Maplewood neighborhood and contains many shops and restaurants. Numerous public buses connect Maplewood to the MBTA's Orange line. There are three public parks in the neighborhood: Roosevelt, South Broadway and Trafton. Trafton Park has recently been renovated with a tot lot, tennis courts and an off-leash dog run. The Northern Strand Bike trail travels through Maplewood on its route to the sea.
The West End neighborhood is the northwest section of the City, along the border of Medford. It contains the Immaculate Conception Parish, the Fellsmere Pond and Amerige Park. The Beebe School is located in this neighborhood. The Malden Hospital, when it was operating, was also located in the West End.
There are approximately 30 park sites throughout the City providing a variety of recreational amenities including tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, ball fields and a skate board park. Recently renovated Macdonald Stadium includes a 400-meter synthetic running track and a state of the art synthetic turf. Additionally, Malden borders the the 56-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation which boasts many walking and hiking trails. The twenty-five acre Fellsmere Pond is the historical “Jewel of Malden” and there is also a swimming pool located on Mountain Avenue which is owned and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The expansive Pine Banks Park, operated by a Board of Trustees with equal representation by the Cities of Malden and Melrose, sits on the Malden/Melrose line.
Malden has two MBTA Orange Line stations connecting to all points south. Commuter rail service links Malden to Haverhill via the Reading/Haverhill Commuter Line at Malden Station. MBTA bus service also serves the community. The Malden Center Orange Line Station is the fifth busiest station on the MBTA’s Orange Line system of 18 stations. More than 12,000 commuters use the station on a daily basis.