Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park


Volunteer Work Day


We’ll be working on removing and cutting back INVASIVE PLANTS near the Spring Street side of the Park.

In case you’re not familiar with that part of the Park, let’s meet at the Jason Street entrance at 1:00 and walk the main pathway through the Park to Spring Street or meet us there any time between 1:00 and 3:00.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes and bring any tools you like to work with (loppers, pruners, shovels, small saws).  We’ll have weed-wrenches available.

Thanks so much for your help.

Bring the whole family to Field Day at Menotomy Rocks Park!

Bring the whole family to Field Day at Menotomy Rocks Park! Sunday, June 17th 1:30-4:30pm

  • Old fashioned games, races, scavenger hunt and more.
  • Sing along with Hugh Hanley – 2:30pm
  • Bike Swap – bring your old bike. Get a “new” one.
  • Food, fun and a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate your old bike call 617-930-2067

Tai Chi Class

Tai Chi for Strength and Balance

Please join us for a fun workout at Menotomy Rocks Park at the Jason Street Field sponsored by the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park through the auspices of the Arlington Recreation Department. Classes will be taught by DORRI LI and will be held on:

THURSDAY mornings
from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
starting MAY 3rd and continuing through JUNE 21st.
Classes are FREE
or register at any class

When it comes to reducing the physical and mental tensions that we encounter in our daily lives, slow is the new fast! Tai chi is meditation in motion. It is the practice of moving calmly with awareness and ease. Classwork will be based on Yang Style Tai Chi Eight Movement Form, an easy-to-learn, introductory set of tai chi hand techniques, stances and footwork.

Instructor Dorri Li is a martial artist and fitness professional based in the Boston area. With over 30 years of experience, Dorri has devoted her practice to helping students of all ages feel more focused, calm and strong.

Spooky Walk, October 29 at 6:30pm

Spooooky Walk is coming! When darkness descends on Saturday October 29, put the kids in the costumes and head over to Menotomy Rocks Park. You’ll see spine-tingling stations along the candle-lit path around the pond, and finish up with donuts on the Jason Street field. Entrance will be at the Jason Street gate, and please bring a flashlight.

If you want to exorcise your creative spirit and set up a spooky, but family-friendly area, please let us know. The more spooky areas, the more fun the event. Be as bare bones or elaborate as you want. Set up time starts at 2:00 that afternoon.

Rain date is Sunday October 30. Any date change will be posted here no later than 2:30pm.

Annual Meeting – Muffins at Menotomy!

Join the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park for muffins, and our annual meeting.

When:  9:30 am Saturday, May 14th (rain date 5/21), May 21, 2011  (new date)

Where:  Jason Street entrance

Volunteer Workdays for Invasive Plant Removal, 2011

Each session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

  • Saturday, April 9th
  • Sunday, May 15th
  • Saturday, June 4th
  • Saturday, Sept. 10th
  • Saturday, Oct. 8th

Bring along loppers, garden saws, or shovels if you have them


Please check this website for updates, cancellations, or rain dates


Bring the kids – in their costumes – to Spooky Walk on Saturday October 23, 2010. Walk around Hills Pond in all its spookiness – prepare to have thrills and chills! It begins at 7PM at the Jason Street entrance to Menotomy Rocks Park. Please bring a flashlight.

Schedule of Volunteer Workdays

The Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park




Each monthly session will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

May – Sunday, May 16th August – Saturday, August 14th

June – Saturday, June 19th September – Sunday, Sept. 12th

July – Sunday, July 11th October – Saturday, Oct. 23rd

Work will focus on removing invasive plants such as Multiflora Rose, Burning Bush, Common Buckthorn, Japanese Barberry. Japanese Knotweed, Oriental Bittersweet, Garlic Mustard, Purple Loosestrife and Norway Maple saplings.

Wear old clothes & bring sturdy gloves.

Bring along loppers, garden saws, or shovels if you have them.

We have weed wrenches to lever plants out by their roots.



Earth Day 2010

Our biennial Menotomy Rocks Park Earth Day celebration will take place on Saturday, May 1st from 1:00 through 4:00 to mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day festivities. Family-oriented events will include pond and wetland projects, rockets, art, stories, games, birding, as well as composting, energy, and atmospheric educational activities, plus a bake sale.

The Bird Walk will begin at 8AM and will be led by Karsten Hartel.

There is no rain date for Earth Day as the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park will be participating in Arlington’s Ecofest at Town Hall on Sunday, May 2nd —- starting at 11:00.

FoMRP 2010 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park will take place on Saturday, May 1st at 12:45 p.m. at the Park. Gather at the Jason Street entrance for the short meeting.