A Conservation Easement at Symmes
As a condition to permitting the development of housing at the site of Arlington’s former Symmes Hospital, the town required a ‘conservation easement’, to be held by the Arlington Conservation Commission and the Arlington Land Trust. The purpose of the easement:
- Provide general public with access to natural open space and parks for enjoyment and passive outdoor recreation
- Preservation of scenic vistas
- Preservation and enhancement of native plantings and landscaping
- Protection of urban forest that buffers and mitigates the effects of intensive residential and commercial land uses.
To review a brief chronology of Arlington’s acquisition of the Symmes property,see “Symmes Parks and Woods“.