Open Space & Recreation Plan 2007-2014

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Arlington’s Open Space and Recreation Plan was recently extended to 2007-2014 with the amendments to Chapter 9. This was approved by State authorities in the spring of 2010 and is available for you to see, here on the Town's website. The report is large and graphic intensive. It has been broken up into smaller chapters in pdf format for easier downloading. See below.

The need to preserve and protect existing open spaces in widely recognized and supported by Arlington’s residents. Changing demographics in Arlington reflect the increased usage of locations where active sports and play take place, but there is need as well for natural green spaces for walking and quiet contemplation of the outdoors. The community faces serious management, staffing and financial challenges to address the diverse needs for conservation land, parks, play and sports areas. Progress is ongoing in an ordered manner to enhance key sites; Friends groups have been key supporters of these efforts, advocating and raising funds for their sites.

Our first comprehensive open space review was in 1996. The Plan which follows is Arlington’s third Plan; it reports on the efforts and accomplishments of the previous 5-year plan, and presents a detailed agenda for future efforts, which are likely to go well beyond a 5-year program. Only through community involvement and support can the numerous goals be met and resources maintained. We hope you will be inspired by the report, and join in efforts to maintain your neighborhood resources – those used by you and your family and friends. Join in the larger community efforts to manage and support the Town’s outdoor resources and facilities. Regional collaborations supplement the local efforts in finding solutions to environmental impact which start or go beyond our town borders.  

We look forward to working on the programs described and welcome all community involvements in their development.  


Section 1-2  Plan Summary, Statement of Purpose, Planning Process and Public Participation, and Accomplishments 2002-2007 (8.5MB) 
 Section 3 Community Setting (4.1MB) 
 Section 4 Environmental Inventory and Analysis (7.9MB)
 Section 5 Inventory of Lands of Conservation and Recreation Interest (5.3MB)
 Section 6-9 Community Goals, Analysis of Need, Goals and Objectives, Five Year Action Plan. Chapter 9 of this Plan was amended and approved by the state in spring 2010, effectively extending the plan to 2014. (4.9MB) 
 Public Comments (1.4MB) 
 References References Consulted, Selected Web Sites (1MB) 
 Appendix A Arlington Open Space Committee Annual Report (539K) 
 Appendix B  Vision 2020 Survey Results (1.6MB)
 Appendix C Field Maintenance and User Fee Study Committee: 2005 Report to Town Meeting (706K) 
 Appendix D Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Inventory of Historic and Recreation Landscapes: Arlington Reconnaissance/Freedom's Way (1MB) 
 Appendix E Sustainable Arlington's Action Plan (719K) 
 Appendix F Americans with Disabilities Act (5.4MB) 
 Appendix G Arlington's Environmental Design Review Regulation (585K) 
 Appendix H Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup List (1.6MB) 
 Appendix I Park and Recreation Commission's Ten Year Capital Plan (458K) 
 Appendix J Sample Site Management Plan - Arlington Reservoir (623K) 
 Appendix K Historic District Maps (1.8MB) 


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