If you are looking to get out and active to enjoy the fall weather, Wellington Park in Arlington has a new addition that will get you closer to nature.

Last week, the park announced a new shoreline boardwalk had been completed, adding a new dimension to the park that will provide better views of Mill Brook and the wetlands that make up the Mystic River watershed.

The park, located off of Grove Street, has seen a number of improvements over the last couple of years. In 2017, the park was the beneficiary of a Arlington Community Preservation Act grant to conduct a redesign of the park. The park later received a second CPA grant to promote broader climate resilience. 

The grant that supplied the funding for the new boardwalk came from the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which awarded Wellington Park the first ever grant in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, a program that aids towns in planning for climate change resiliency.

“Arlington was pleased to receive the first-ever capital grant from the state MVP program to do this project,” Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said.  “MVP does a great job of supporting multiple-benefit projects like this one that beautify our town while helping us prevent flood damage.”

Earlier this year, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Katie Theoharides toured Wellington Park to examine the necessity of the grant, which was later given to the park. In addition to the boardwalk, the grant also provided for the planting additional trees and bushes to the park to help manage stormwater flooding. 

This investment is part of the larger renaissance of the Mystic River watershed—which includes tens of millions of dollars in public and private investments to new and restored shoreline parks and paths.  This includes 2.5 miles of completed shoreline paths, 5 miles of additional paths in design or construction, and five shoreline parks in Arlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, and Somerville. 

“The Charles River and Boston Harbor have for years been more visible than the Mystic,” Mystic River Watershed Association Executive Director Patrick Herron said.  “The Mystic has similarly benefited from decades of effort and millions in public investment to clean up our waterways.  It’s really coming into its own, and these park investments are helping residents and visitors enjoy its renaissance.”

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