Mill Brook: Arlington

For decades, the Town of Arlington and other community stakeholders have been exploring the feasibility and possibilities for developing a linear park along Mill Brook, an important ecological and historical feature in the town. (See the April 2019 report and September 1977 concept study). At one time, there were nine mills and seven millponds along the brook, which flows eastward from the Arlington Reservoir to Lower Mystic Lake. Four town-owned recreational and conservation areas are accessible along Mill Brook — Reservoir/Hurd Fields, Wellington Park, Cooke’s Hollow, and Meadowbrook Park. 

MyRWA is leading a participatory design and planning process that identifies opportunities for increasing the Brook’s visibility and new uses for the Mill Brook Corridor between Brattle Street and Grove Street, with a focus on Wellington Park. This project will serve as a model revitalization for the remaining Mill Brook Corridor — turning a hidden, underutilized waterfront into a linear park that connects people to the water and improves ecological quality of the riparian edge. 


Below is a link to the final schematic design that will guide future development of Wellington Park along Mill Brook. A more detailed environmental analysis and summary of the design can be found in the final report. Construction of the first phase of this plan will begin in 2019. Read more about the state grant we received to build this first, climate resilient phase.

We gathered needs and ideas for this revitalization project through public meetings and surveys between January and June 2018. See links to presentations:

Public Workshop Presentation [March 8, 2018]
Outdoor Open House Boards [April 14, 2018]
Final Public Meeting Presentation [June 6, 2018]

Mill Brook Rediscovered

Check out the video below for a glimpse into Arlington’s hidden gem, Mill Brook! Created by Arlington resident Glenn Litton of DocuThis in partnership with curators at Arlington’s Old Schwamb Mill, the video accompanies an exhibit titled "A Brook Runs Through It: Arlington's Mill Brook Legacy." This exhibit will continue at the Old Schwamb Mill until early June 2019.


Partners include the Town of Arlington, Conservation Commission, Park & Recreation Commission, and Mill Brook Corridor Study Group. Funding is provided by the Arlington Community Preservation Act (CPA).