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 2010 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 will lead 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 is intended to 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. 

Share your ideas

Stop by Wellington Park to check out initial designs for the park and the adjacent Mill Brook Corridor. Coffee and donuts will be served and the landscape should be showing signs of spring!

What: Design Open House
When: Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Wellington Park, Grove Street, Arlington

Tell us what you love, dislike and want to see in Wellington Park and along Mill Brook by filling out this 5-minute survey. We'll use this data to inform the park design and stream revitalization. The survey closes March 31, so fill it out today!



Get involved

Help us improve Wellington Park and Mill Brook today - this park will be part of the "Great Arlington Clean-Up" on Sunday, April 22 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Meet at the entrance of Wellington Park on Grove Street wearing appropriate clothes and shoes that can get dirty. 


Public Workshop #1 Presentation (March 8, 2018)


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). For Town inquiries contact Nat Strosberg: 781.316.3093.