Spy Pond Fun Day


Saturday September 10th,1-4pm
Rain date is Sunday September 11th, 1-4pm.

Spy Pond Park, 50 Pond Lane

Join the fun when the Friends of Spy Pond Park hosts its annual Fun Day!


Come celebrate all that Spy Pond and its public park have to offer for all ages,

and maybe lend a hand as an ALT volunteer.

* Music on the lawn, nature projects, and arts and crafts adventures.

* A special feature of the day is guided tours of Elizabeth Island, leaving from

the Spy Pond boat ramp, with help from the Arlington/Belmont Crew Team and ALT

volunteers (see below for your chance to help!).

* Participate in the dedication of Spy Pond Park’s new sculpture installation at

Linwood Circle. Penny the swan, sculpted by Kevin Duffy now has a permanent home

in the park.

* Observe the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) testing Spy Pond’s water

throughout the afternoon. Using an instrument called a Secchi disk, the Watershed

folks perform dissolved oxygen and water clarity tests on our pond’s water to determine

its quality.



Volunteer Opportunity!


The Land Trust needs a few hardy volunteers to help visitors  in and out of the

boats at the boat ramp and at the island landing site.


Email Ann LeRoyer [annleroyer12@gmail.com] if you are interested in volunteering

for an hour or more during the  afternoon, and you’ll get a prioritized trip to

the island for your  efforts.

Experience Arlington’s Open Spaces



Take a walk around some of Arlington’s many attractive open spaces.

Arlington’s Open Space Committee is pleased to announce two initiatives that have been completed recently: an approved Open Space Plan and a new web-based application to assist users in visiting many of Arlington’s parks and other open space sites.

The Town’s updated Open Space and Recreation Plan for 2015-2022 has been approved by the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services, the agency that oversees open space planning across the state. The complete Plan is posted on the Town’s website on the Open Space Committee page .

Section 5 of the Plan presents maps and descriptions of 20 major open space and recreation sites, with additional information on all of the more than 70 parks, playing fields, and conservation lands in Arlington. Other sections of the Plan present historical and environmental information on the Town, goals and objectives for future open space projects, and an action plan for implementing various projects in collaboration with many other Town departments, committees, and organizations.

Experiencing Arlington’s Open Spaces is a new web-based application based on the Plan. Developed by Arlington’s GIS planner, this app makes much of the site information readily available for viewing on your smart phone or tablet. For each open space site featured on the app there are multiple photographs and a brief description of the property, as well as a map showing access points and internal walking trails.

Please review the complete Plan online and test out the application, and let us know what you think. The Open Space Committee is an appointed Town committee that meets monthly and is open to visitors. See the committee website for more information.

Mugar Coalition at Work

In response to the recent proposal of a new development for the site, a Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands has formed.  Groups and individuals throughout Arlington and beyond are expressing interest in joining the effort.
For more information please visit the Coalition’s facebook page.

Read more about the proposed Mugar development HERE

The Alewife “Great Swamp” in 1866
Mugar parcel outlined in orange