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Fresh Pond Cambridge walk from Whole Foods

Meet in front of Whole Foods then walk over to the pond and around the the 2.25 mile paved trail. This walk will be held the first Saturday of each month. The organizer may not be present at every walk. but there is only one trail and there are bound to be several group members who have walked here many times before.

About Fresh Pond: Fresh Pond is a reservoir and park in Cambridge. Its grounds were designed in 1897 by the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape design firm. In the mid 1800s the Pond privately owned and the site of a flourishing ice industry, its clean water producing high quality ice that was shipped as far away as Europe, China and India. The Pond became the City 's drinking water supply in 1856. By 1889 the Massachusetts Legislature granted the right of eminent domain to acquire all the land that is currently part of the Reservation from private owners and the Town of Belmont in the interest of protecting the purity of the water. The small ponds we call Black's Nook and Little Fresh Pond were created from shallow coves in the larger Pond by gravel dikes, which were built to help prevent pollution and to serve as a bed for the road that encircled the Pond.

Today Fresh Pond is a favorite place for many people who enjoy walking, running, bike riding, and roller-blading on the 2¼ mile perimeter road. Birders come to observe a wide variety of resident birds, as well as numerous migrating songbirds and waterfowl that pass through every year. Artists, naturalists and students also treasure this green oasis in its urban setting.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day and beautiful walking area--other folks were friendlyI

    November 4, 2012

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