Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park

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Tai Chi for Strength and Balance (2022) – New Start Time

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 JOSHUA GRANT and will be held on:

SATURDAY mornings
NEW START TIME from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
starting APRIL 30th and continuing through JUNE 25th    
Classes are FREE

Registration: www.arlingtonrec.com
or register at any class

In any setting, TAI CHI can help to refocus your energy, rejuvenate your body, and ease your mind. But to do tai chi in the fresh morning air at a cul-de-sac in Menotomy Rocks Park is an experience not to be missed!

Sessions will include rejuvenating qi gong (energy work) exercises and meditations, and an introductory new and different Yang Style Tai Chi form.

Instructor Joshua Grant is a well-known martial artist and has over 35 years of experience. He has been a member of national Tai Ji teams and been a gold medalist. He is the author of “Tai Chi for Wimps” and an instructional video series.

Fall Celebration and Community Gathering

Saturday, October 23, 2-3 pm (Rain date: Oct 24)

Closing Event for “Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience

Please join us for poetry, music and conversation in an inspiring setting: an evocative art installation – woven into a beautiful pine forest – that invites you to reflect on Arlington’s experiences of the pandemic. Experience the installation before it closes in mid-November and meet the artist Nilou Moochhala. Enjoy poetry by Francesco Fiondella from his collection of pandemic writing “#SpontaneousCoronaverse”. Delight to short performances by clarinetist Todd Brunel and French Hornists Hazel Dean Davis and Nick Auer. Hear reflections by Dr. Robin Schoenthaler, Arlington’s “COVID Dr.” and Kickstand Cafe co-owner Emily Shea on sharing their stories through the project.

Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and generous contributions from the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park and  individual supporters.

Notice – Pond Issue

May 25th, 2021

Please do not let your dog(s) drink from or swim in Hills Pond as there may be a bacterial contamination. Fishing also not advisable. Sixteen dead fish were found in the pond this morning (5/24/21). Water testing has been requested.

 

Mother’s Day Swans

Three swans flew arrived at Hill’s pond on Mother’s Day, 5/9/2021. Below is a picture of two of them sitting on a floating island.

 

Menotomy Rocks Park Playground Relocation

April 2021 – The Town of Arlington has hired a consulting firm to review safety and accessibility issues for all playgrounds in Arlington. The playground in Menotomy Rocks Park has come up short in a number of areas and the Parks & Recreation Commission plans to re-locate and build a new playground, probably within the next year or so when funding becomes available.

Some of the issues for the current Park playground include:

  • Tree roots impinging on part of the path to the playground from the main pathway make handicap accessibility difficult.
  • The tree in the middle of the playground is hazardous because of the possibility of limbs breaking off and falling.
  • The structures are too close together and do not meet the current spacing The equipment was found to be in “very poor” condition.

The Parks & Recreation Department plans to hold public meetings to allow for citizen input about a new playground and its location.

According to US regulations about playground safety, https://cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/325.pdf, sun exposure is a hazard; providing a shaded area or a nearby shaded area is recommended. Locations near roads with traffic or near bodies of water are not recommended. Things to think about as you stroll around the Park.

Tai Chi for Strength and Balance (2021)

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 JOSHUA GRANT and will be held on:

SATURDAY mornings from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
starting MAY 1st and continuing through JUNE 26th    
(no class on May 29th)

Classes are FREE
Registration: www.arlingtonrec.com or register at any class

In any setting, TAI CHI can help to refocus your energy, rejuvenate your body, and ease your mind. But to do tai chi in the fresh morning air at a cul-de-sac in Menotomy Rocks Park is an experience not to be missed!

Instructor Joshua Grant is a well-known martial artist and has over 35 years of experience. He has been a member of national Tai Ji teams and been a gold medalist. He is the owner of Back Bay’s Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute as well as the author of “Tai Chi for Wimps” and an instructional video series.