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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.

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 JOSHUA GRANT and will be held on:

SATURDAY mornings
from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
starting MAY 2nd and continuing through JUNE 20th
Classes are FREE
PLEASE NOTE:
The print version of the Arlington Parks & Recreation catalog lists a $75 class cost. This is a mistake: the 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.

Free Family Concert June 2, 2019

Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including FIVE Parent’s Choice awards, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family.

With tremendous support from the Arlington Cultural Council (ACC), the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), The Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park and the Town of Arlington Recreation Dept., the band will convene for a free show in one of the most beautiful spots in all of Arlington, Menotomy Rocks Park.

This is truly spectacular location and it is sure to be a special evening of family fun. The concert will take place in the big field close to Hills Pond.

Besides our two sets of music from Ben & Friends, there will be some other events planned by the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park.

Bring picnics, friends and all the good vibes you can muster.

DATE: June 2, 2019
TIME: 4pm – 6pm
WHERE: Menotomy Rocks Park, 129 Jason St., Arlington, MA
COST: FREE

Rain date is Sunday, June 9th – Same bat time.

2019 Annual Meeting

The Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The meeting will be held at 101 Brantwood Road, Arlington, MA at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.