Little River Nature Walk
When: 3:00-5:00 Sunday June 23 (please be prompt!)
Where: Acorn Park Drive parking lot near the Route 2 end of Acorn Park Drive in Cambridge
Who: Anne-Marie Lambert is a board member of the Belmont Citizens Forum and author of several newsletter articles about the Uplands permitting process
Friends of Alewife Reservation friendsofalewifereservation.org
Belmont Citizens Forum belmontcitizensforum.org
Mystic River Watershed Association www.myrwa.org
Coalition to Protect the Belmont Uplands belmontcoalition.org
Come join us for a beautiful nature walk along Little River in Cambridge and Belmont, with some history lessons added if there is interest. Thriving with a Summer bounty of berries and wildlife, the river, meadow, and forest habitat along the walk is home to red fox, coyote, river otter, mink, cottontail rabbit and voles, as well as to snapper turtles and over 40 residential birds such as turkey, blue heron, hawks, and red-winged blackbirds.
We will make our way on a public path past cattail marshes, tributaries, and the Silver Maple Forest to an idyllic view of Little Pond in Belmont. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and, optionally, a walking stick and bug spray. The walk will take place rain or shine. If it’s been wet, don’t forget your wellies.
Once part of the “Fresh Pond Marshes”, the area around today’s Little River has been victim to multiple types of pollution from late 19th century industrialization and population growth, including from sewage and slaughter houses. Today’s Little River was originally dug in 1904 in order to drain the marshes in response to the resulting public health crisis: malaria. We will learn about subsequent decisions to preserve the land as a park, the history of farming in the area, the history of today’s industrial park, and the permitting process that led to the reclamation of what used to be a parking lot and test labs for Arthur D Little. Come learn what has worked, and what hasn’t. For more information about the history of this area, see the wealth of information posted at friendsofalewife.org, or from back issues of the BCF newsletter at belmontcitizensforum.org, or from publications and archives available through the Belmont Historical Society at .belmonthistoricalsociety.org.
Walking Directions from Alewife T station, take a right, cross the bridge over Little River, a left onto DCR’s “Alewife Park Greenway”, stop at the end (10 minutes from Alewife)
Driving directions from Belmont: take a right at the end of Cross St onto Lake St, 1st right onto the Route 2 access road, 1st right onto Acorn Park Drive (before Route 2), stop at the end
For more information, please email email@example.com or call the office at (617)415-1884 or contact Anne-Marie through the Belmont Citizens Forum Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org