Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park

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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:

Spooky Walk is canceled

Regrettably, the paths and field will be too slippery, so Spooky Walk 2011 has been canceled.

See you next year, and have a great Halloween everyone!

Spooky Walk postponed until Sunday

Snow for Spooky Walk? Unheard of! But, sadly, it may be true.

Spooky Walk has been officially postponed, it will be held Sunday, October 30, at 6PM. That gives you an extra day to get the costumes together.

See you there.

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.

New Location – Shakespeare in the Park 8/7/11

Because of the downpours we’re having now, Shakespeare in the Park, scheduled for this afternoon at Robbins Farm, has been moved indoors to Arlington Center for the Arts. Measure for Measure will be performed in the ACA Theater @ 5:00 pm. Seating is limited – first come, first served. Address is 41 Foster Street in East Arlington, for more information visit

Family Nature Walk

Thursday, July 14th, 6:30pm

Join Lolly Bennett and Ellen Reed, both teacher/naturalists, for a walk to explore the habitats of Menotomy Rocks Park. The walk is geared toward families with children aged 4-7. We will explore animal life in the park and search for signs of animals that make their homes there.

The walk is free, but a donation of $10 or greater to the Arlington Friends of Parks Fund (c/o Arlington Recreation Office 422 Summer St., Arlington, MA 02476) would be appreciated. Space is limited – please register by July 10th to reserve a spot. To register, send names, ages of children, and a phone number to

Orienteering Event

On Monday May 30th, the New England Orienteering Club will host an orienteering event at Menotomy Rocks Park. Orienteering is a map navigation activity, and a great way to get out and enjoy the park. All are welcome: families, beginner, young and old. Instruction will be provided upon request. For more information, see

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