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. 

PROGRESS

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)

Below is a link to the final schematic design that will guide future development of Wellington Park along Mill Brook. 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.

 

 

Partners

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).