Invasives Pull & Cleanup at Dolan Pond

05/01/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Location
Dolan Pond
76 Webster Park
Newton, MA

A NewtonSERVES project

Registration is recommended via the city’s  NewtonSERVES site – register here.  However, registration liability forms will be available at the event itself.

NewtonSERVES is happening again this year at Dolan Pond on the morning of Sunday May 1 from 9 am until Noon.  Come help remove invasive and soil damaging Garlic Mustard and Knotweed at various locations throughout the park and clean up this special gem of West Newton.  We will be meeting near the kiosk at the HP parking area down the hill from the street called Webster Park.  If you are coming from a distance, there is parking along the inner circle along Webster Park.

NewtonSERVES is being administered by the Newton Parks, Recreation amd Culture Department this year and there are a few changes from past years. As they put it:  “This year we are looking to focus volunteer efforts on cleaning and improving our parks, school grounds, open space areas, and conservation lands. These areas have been so important these past few years and really could use some community TLC!”  Here is the official link for NewtonSERVES for registering for the Dolan Pond project: https://www.newtonma.gov/government/parks-recreation-culture/newton-serves

We will meet at 9 am for a quick orientation on what we will be doing.  Sign one of the liability forms if you have not preregistered (parents can sign for children) and grab a name tag.  The project will go until around Noon.  It is okay to come for just part of the time.  Just look for folks working along Webster path, Cumberland Path or Irene’s Bluff Trail.  Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, garden gloves.  Long sleeves recommended. We will be working outside and certainly masks are encouraged if working close to others.   Bring your own water, snacks, and sunscreen.  We will have a few extra pairs of gloves.  We have been doing this event since NewtonSERVES first started many years ago.

Our official project name is listed as ” Invasives Pull-Dolan Pond”.  They are treating this event as one of their regular programs that you register for.  It requires signing up for a family account and location NewtonSERVES and registering with a fee of $0.00.  The main purpose of the online registration is for you to sign the city’s liability form  It is a bit cumbersome but if you participate in any other “Parks & Rec” programs, you may find it not too difficult.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you haven’t registered online, you can come on Sunday, May 1 and sign up by filling out a paper liability form on the clipboard we will have at our meeting location next to the HP parking area by the kiosk down from the Webster Park entrance.  You can download the liability form yourself and print it out ahead of time from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mgkfVgfQm4oDjDtu-PT1MH3YftyIk_Tg/view?usp=sharing

This event is sponsored and organized by Newton Conservators, Newton’s open space advocacy organization since 1961!  If you want to learn of other nature related events, walks, and webinars, check out the Newton Conservators website at https://newtonconservators.org

Leader is Ted Kuklinski, 617-332-7753, tkuklinski@aol.com