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

Residents put green thumbs to good use and joined the Environment Task Group and the Appalachian Mountains Club in preserving the town's natural spaces Saturday, May 13, at the 17thannual Spy Pond Trails Day.

At Spy Pond from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community gathered to clean up the pond and its surrounding trails. Those participating can make an impact on a key public space, meet new people and learn tips for maintaining their own property, sponsors said in a news release.

The event qualifies as a community-service project. Clean-up activities include:

  • Clearing access trails to the pond,
  • Pruning vistas,
  • Planting dogwoods,
  • Bagging litter and
  • Controlling invasive plants.

Equipment and snacks will be provided, but participants are being encouraged to pack their own lunches as well as dress suitably -- sturdy shoes, work clothes, a hat, sunscreen and "emergency" rain gear. If a washout occurs, the rain date is Sunday, May 14, same timeframe.

Participants under 18 need signed approval from a guardian to attend.

The location is along the path that parallels Route 2, between Lake and Pleasant steets.

Recommended parking: Take exit 60 off Route 2, head toward Mass. Ave. on Lake, first left onto Colonial Drive, left onto Roanoke, left and park along Spy Pond Parkway. The street address to use in Google Maps is 15 Spy Pond Parkway, Arlington, MA 02474.

For more information, call 781-641-2506 or go towww.facebook.com/spypondcommand check out Spy Pond Committee'sofficial site.

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This news announcement was published Wednesday, May 3, 2023, based on information from the Spy Pond Committee and YourArlington archives.