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Volunteer Work Day

Sunday October 20th, 1-3pm

Last year, with the help of a local Girl Scout troop and other volunteers, we started to tackle the invasive ENGLISH IVY that has migrated from adjacent yards into the Park. We’d like to take a second stab at that. The major problem is in the woods on the Spring St./Old Spring St. side of the Park. The ivy is climbing up the trees, and will eventually kill them.

We’ll meet at 1:00 at the Jason St. entrance and walk to this area. If you are able to come after 1:00, please look for us in the woods in the Old Spring St. area.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes. Loppers and pruning shears would be helpful. Thanks so much for your help.

Volunteer Work Day

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th  10:00 am – noon

Hopefully, everything will have dried out by Sunday —  and once again, we’ll be working on removing and cutting back INVASIVE PLANTS in the Hills Pond area – on the banks of the pond and on the adjacent hillsides.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes and bring a lopper, pruners, saws.

Thanks so much for your help.

Wisteria in full bloom at the park.

Spooky Walk

Saturday, October 27, at dark - approximately 6:30pm

Spooooky Walk is coming! When darkness descends on Saturday October 27, 
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 3:00 that afternoon.

Rain date is Sunday October 28. Any date change will be posted here no 
later than 2:30pm.

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


Hills pond in Menotomy Rocks Park will be chemically treated with a USEPA/MA registered aquatic herbicides/algaecides on Tuesday, May 29th to control non-native growth of curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus).  Hills Pond will be closed to all water uses, (including, swimming, fishing and boating) on the day of treatment.  These uses may resume on Friday morning, May 30th.   Use of the pond water for irrigation (watering lawns, gardens or plants of any kind) is prohibited for 3 days post treatment.  Use of the pond water for drinking and watering livestock (i.e.; cattle, horses, etc.) is also prohibited for 3 days following the day of treatment. Printed posters warning of these temporary water use restrictions, will be posted around the lake shoreline in advance of treatment.  This work at Hills Pond is being performed for The Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park, pursuant to a License to Apply Chemicals from MA DEP (#12046) and an Order of Conditions (#91-152) permit from the Arlington Conservation Commission.  The work is being performed by the state licensed firm, Aquatic Control Technology, Inc., of Sutton.

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.

FoMRP Annual Meeting

May 5, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

location: Council ring

Topics: accomplishments last year, plans for coming year, vote on new board member.

Park News – Spring 2012

MENOTOMY ROCKS BIRDS: Many Spring birds are already beginning to return to the park. The male Redwing Blackbirds are scouting out their territory next to the pond. A Red-bellied Woodpecker has been spotted along the back pathway and at the top of the rocks. In addition, there have also been sightings of a Screech Owl. For a list of other Menotomy Park birds, check the park website.

STEWARDSHIP: At our last meeting in January, the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park voted to hire ArborCare to clear fallen tree branches along the wooded pathways. The Spring Street and High Haith entrance areas are overgrown with invasive Norway Maples, which will also be removed to encourage the growth of other trees and plants. ArborCare will also be asked to provide woodchips to refurbish the playground area.

HILLS POND: The pond will be treated again this spring for pondweeds and algae, but we will still need volunteers to cut down Purple Loosestrife before it blooms. The FoMRP Board is also looking into having the pond tested for contaminants, E-coli and Leptospriosis.

Collapsing granite pond steps at two locations pose a safety issue. The steps in the most serious condition are the ones near the water fountain and near Centennial Grove. The Town will be consulted about the possibility of installing cement footings.

PARK BENCHES: The green benches around the park need repair and paint. The Board will be looking for volunteers to help with that project.


TAI CHI CLASSES: Free outdoor Tai chi classes will be offered in the park this spring and summer. The Friends are underwriting the project, but it will be offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. It will be listed in their catalogue.

ECOFEST: The annual ECOFEST held will take place again this year on March 31 at Town Hall. Menotomy Rocks Park will again have a table and will be handing out flyers and answering questions about the park.

PARK DAY POSTPONED – new date coming soon
PARK DAY: Save the date. The Friends annual meeting will be combined with a fun Park Day on May 5 with a rain date of May 6. We’ll be celebrating the park with games for kids and nature activities. Other possible activities will include a picnic, Tai Chi, and a bike swap.

MEMBERSHIP: Please consider joining the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park to help us keep the Park a wonderful place for all to enjoy. See our website for dues information – or send $15 (individual dues) or $25 (family dues) to: FoMRP, 350 Mass. Ave. #161, Arlington, MA 02474-6713. Check out our website for more information and our webstore if you need a new Park t-shirt, hat, apron, stationery or history book: