The Arlington Reservoir
|The Arlington Reservoir is a 65-acre
body of water located in Arlington Heights and Lexington, between Mass.
Ave. and Lowell Street. It was created in 1871 by the damming of Munroe
Brook. The dam, an earthen embankment some 600 yards long and as much as
14-feet high, was originally built to supply drinking water for the town.
By 1899, Arlington had joined the Metropolitan Water District (now known
as MWRA) and began receiving its water supply from sources outside of the
town. The Reservoir now serves as:
As one of our town’s few protected open
spaces and bodies of water, "The Res" (as it is affectionately known) faces
several challenges to its future, including:
a popular habitat for water birds and songbirds (almost
150 species spotted, including grebes, herons, osprey, turkey vultures,
hawks, sandpipers, woodpeckers, swans, and a rare inland sighting of kittiwakes);
a recreation area with a wooded path around the water
for walking, jogging and dog-walking, away from traffic & crowds;
a local swimming area, enclosed by a small berm, with
beach, playground and restrooms.
concerns that trees and other vegetation will have to
be removed from the dam because the roots could undermine the integrity
of its structure;
the high cost of repairing and properly maintaining the
reservoir dam, as it is currently operated;
the need for a quality public swimming facility; and
preserving the area as a wildlife habitat and as part
of the greater watershed.
How Do You Use The Res?
What’s Important To You?
How often do you visit? Daily ____ Weekly
____ Monthly ____ Yearly ____ Not at all ____
In which season(s)? (check all that apply)
Spring ____ Summer ____ Fall ____ Winter ____
What is it about the Res that you value the most?
What type of recreation/activities do you enjoy there?
Do you purchase a beach tag from the Recreation Dept.
each year? _______________________________________
What voting precinct/section of Arlington do you live
What specific concerns do you have about the Res and
the land surrounding it?
Should the Res continue to have a swimming area and beach? ___________________________________________
Are there specific improvements that you would like to see?
At the beach and swimming areas: ______________________________________________________________
All other areas surrounding the Res: ____________________________________________________________
Name, Address, Phone # & E-mail: _________________________________________________________________
Would you like to work on the committee addressing Res issues?
Additional comments (attach additional sheet, if necessary):
Thank you for taking the time to complete this Vision 2020 survey.
Please return it with your Town Census form, mail to Vision 2020, Town
Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 or email to BLMayer@msn.com
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