City of Fitchburg News

Posted on: October 6, 2017

Fitchburg Mourns Loss of Coggshall Swan

It is with deep sorrow that the Board of Park Commissioners must announce the passing of one of the beloved Coggshall Swans. The death was reported to the Fitchburg Parks Department at approximately 9:45 AM on Friday, October 6, 2017 by concerned citizens.


The Swans joined our family in Coggshall in 2002 when the Friends of Coggshall Park purchased 4 mute swans. Mute Swans can live 25 years or more, but the average lifespan is 15-20 years.


“It’s a sad day for Coggshall Park,” says Jon Ricciutti, Chairmen of the Board of Park Commissioners. “The Swan has long been a member of our community and we will mourn her loss.”


“The swan is a beloved symbol of Coggshall Park and will be dearly missed,” says Lenny Laakso, Commissioner of Public Works. “Generations of Fitchburg residents have grown up visiting her at Mirror Lake.”


“Coggshall Park is the jewel of Fitchburg and the swans are emblematic of our beautiful park and our great City,” said Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale. “We will be researching the next step in replacing the swan at Coggshall and should have more information in the coming weeks.”


“This was all very sudden,” said Nate LaRose, Recreation Director. “The Parks Division will be exploring options for permitting the purchase of additional swans.”


Permitting for the Mute Swans at Coggshall Park is overseen by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.


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