THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016 – 7:00 PM




Please join neighbors Dave Warrington and Jim Brown, who have agreed to help organize the Friends of Symmes Conservation Area. Abutters, other neighbors, and interested Arlington residents are invited to this planning meeting.

The wooded areas surrounding the A360 and Brightview projects are privately owned but permanently protected by a conservation restriction held jointly by the Arlington Land Trust, Inc. (ALT) and the Arlington Conservation Commission (ACC).  This wooded buffer provides important open space for the existing neighborhood and is part of a network of 8.7 acres of publicly accessible open space, including two landscaped parks and the woods along Summer Street.  The purposes of the conservation restriction include the preservation and enhancement of native plantings and landscapes in these designated areas, as well as the maintenance of walking trails for passive recreation, quiet contemplation, and appreciation of the natural environment.

The establishment of these buffer areas and parks is only part of an important community partnership.  As with other land holdings and easements, working cooperatively with neighbors to understand and protect the resource is also critical. It is time to activate the Friends of Symmes Conservation Area.

Please attend this meeting if you are interested in participating in this exciting project and being a valuable part of a group of neighbors and Arlington residents who work with the Arlington Land Trust and Arlington Conservation Commission to insure implementation of this conservation restriction.  Members of the Land Trust and Conservation Commission will be present to discuss the history behind the conservation restriction and what this means to A360 and the neighbors for the long term.

If you cannot attend this meeting but wish to be part of the Friends, please contact either Dave or Jim via their emails (, so they can keep you posted as to the ongoing events in these woods.

For more information about the Symmes property, click on the “Visit” tab on this ALT website, and then select “Symmes Parks and Woods.” This page will continue to be updated as information is available.

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