TOWN OF ARLINGTON VISION 2020
ENVIRONMENT TASK GROUP
Gene Benson, Bryan Hasbrouck, Jane Howard, Elizabeth Karpati, Ann
to be announced.
was devoted to a discussion of goals for the coming year. The following items include those e-mailed to Gene by members
who could not attend tonight’s meeting.
Dam project: Review
– oversight – public participation – interaction with DPW.
Make sure the dam project improves the
natural experience at the Res.
Make sure the dam project has public
involvement – hearings and comments on dam design.
Regular interaction with DPW – ask
John Sanchez for an update before each meeting.
The committee should review relevant
documents and plans such as the upcoming
Coordinate with Lexington – involve
Turn the stump dump into a flower and
A question still pending:
Does the dam provide significant flood control?
Develop an overall management plan
for ongoing maintenance. The
Arlington Open Space Plan, and the management plan for the Concord Great
Meadows, which is on the Web, could be used as models.
come up with should probably be called a “proposed management plan,” since
we have no power to assign responsibilities.
Elizabeth agreed to try a first draft.
Public information and education:
Distribute the “Walking Tour of the
Reservoir” booklet (some were distributed at Town Day, and it is also on the
Maintain the website (David White has
been doing this).
More educational programs like the bird
art by the fifth-graders.
Add a bulletin board, maybe at the
beach entrance, on which information like a list of walks can be posted.
Who would maintain? Invitation
Realign fences to maintain access to
the playground all summer.
Realign fences to allow walking all
around the Res without walking on Lowell Street in summer.
Sidewalk on Lowell Street and improved
Build bulletin board (see above).
Do another walk along Mill Brook before
winter, reviewing the Maguire Report recommendations, this time with John
Some thoughts on implementation:
Have a charrette to re-envision the
Compare our ideas with the goals for
the Res adopted by Town Meeting last year
Have joint meetings with the Mt. Gilboa
Association and Parks & Rec.
We have some pretty big ideas (like
moving fences, resurfacing trails). Maybe the Town can carry them out in
increments, with volunteers doing some of the work.
But construction jobs should be grouped
so that heavy machinery does not have to be brought in repeatedly.