A father and son pull invasive plants near Spy Pond.A father and son pull out invasive plants near Spy Pond on a previous Trails Day.

UPDATED May 11: All were welcome to the 18th annual "Trails Day" organized by the Spy Pond Committee of Envision Arlington, whose intent is to improve this scenic slice of public land.

Those taking part from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, planned to maintain access trails to the pond, prune vistas, plant dogwoods, bag litter and control invasive plants, a news release said. The rain date is the following day, Sunday, May 12.

"Meet some fun people,  make an impact, try something new and learn valuable tips for maintaining your own property," said the news release from Stroker Rogovin, since 1996 an active member of the organization.

Participants were advised to bring sturdy footwear, work clothes, a hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Pruning tools are also helpful. Liability waivers were available ad were to be signed by all  participants. Moreover, anyone under 18 needed approval from a parent or guardian. Equipment and snacks were provided; participants were to bring their own lunches.

"This event is entirely outdoors, and the nature of the work will allow us to socially distance if as needed while still enjoying each other's company, " the release said. High-school students can get service credit for working on "Trails Day," which counts towards requirements for graduation.

The location is along the path that parallels Route 2, between Lake and Pleasant streets. Recommended parking: Take exit 60 off Rout 2, head towards  Mass. Ave. on Lake Street, first left onto Colonial Drive, left onto Roanoke, the left and park along Spy Pond Parkway. The street address that can be used in Google Maps is 15 Spy Pond Parkway, Arlington, MA 02474. For more information, one may call (781) 641-2506.  

Rogovin added more recently via email that his group reviews pond water quality, animal life, recreational activity, abutter concerns and other matters relevant to the pond; advises Arlington's Conservation Committee and town officials on pond care and maintenance; and actively participates in some of those efforts to maintain the pond and shore. He added that past volunteers and sponsors have included "Mass. DOT (a faithful and critical supporter), the Appalachian Mountain Club (another important ally since our inception), The Scouts, Arlington/Belmont Rowing, the Town of Arlington, The Arlington Land Trust and others."

www.facebook.com/spypondcomm is the social-media presence; the organization also has an official page on the Town of Arlington website.

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This news announcement was published Thursday April 25, 2024, based on information from the Spy Pond Committee of Envision Arlington and YourArlington archives. It was updated April 30 to include background material as well as on May 11.