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Monday, July 11, 2016

Jacques Pond Lawrence MA: Not on any map kinda-gem

Jacques Pond in South Lawrence MA - is by far, the most unknown gem in Lawrence. It's not on any map, it's not on any register, no public pictures on the Internet. It's a hidden piece of property owned by the city of Lawrence. So closely guarded is this secret sanctuary, it was just a few years ago I found out it existed. Keep in mind, I'm a 3rd generation Lawrencian and I never knew, but I was born and raised and lived most of my life on Tower Hill near the "RES" (which is on my list to post about) - so maybe that's why.
I'm not even sure how the public would access this little gem. But I'll figure it out.

I'm still digging for information - I am little confused on this gem, it seems to me that if the taxpayers of this city own something - and we asked to clean in on Comcast Clean Lawrence Day  (those that engage in illegal dumping found a way in tho'.) then we should have access to it. Public is not private - right?

Click on the links to read about Jacques Pond there little bits and pieces of information I have found.

Jacques Pond Lawrence Ma Jacques Pond Images - Flicker

Jacques Pond Belongs to the city

"This is the second year this team has done spring cleaning of the natural open space around the pond as well as the pond itself, since this area was put into custody and
 declared recreational open space for the city. “It is now meant for you and your families to view enjoy and conserve for the future,” wrote Councilor David Abdoo in an e-mail addressed to his constituents." 

"Jaques Pond Jaques Pond is a small water body located just west of Adams Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood in South Lawrence. The pond used to be better known but is now largely surrounded by private property with no public access. There is evidence of some dumping adjacent to Adams Street. Jaques Pond is a forgotten landscape that does not appear on most maps and is not listed in the 1997 Open Space and Recreation Plan. There is currently a proposal to develop the South Boylston Street side of the pond, including filling of wetlands." 

"The Friends of Jacques Pond are currently studying what environmental protections are feasible around the pond by methods that include a zoning change to Open Space Conservation and regulations on storm water management  and snow removal.  The group is hoping to create a handbook with resident input for planning and protection around the pond that addresses the water quality." 

Please note: before you head out to this pond - I'd call the city to make sure you will not be trespassing. Not all things are equal in this city.


World's End: Hingham MA Defines scenic beauty

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Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer sweeping views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted make delightful walking trails. 
What makes World’s End a special place? We think it’s the tree-lined carriage paths and sweeping views of the Boston skyline, only 15 miles away. The 251-acre coastscape includes rocky shores, broad hillsides, and open fields bracketed by pockets of woodlands. The property is ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying nature and the outdoors. 

Visit The Trustees website
4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths. Moderate hiking. 

When to Visit
World’s End is located on Martin’s Way, Hingham MA. Tel. (781) 740-6665. The million dollar views will only cost you $6 for admission (free for kids and members of the Trustees). 

Public restrooms. Benches. Drinking water fountain. 

Year-round, daily, 8 a.m. to sunset. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Walk Into History on the Freedom Trail!

Looking to take the kids somewhere? Try Boston's Freedom Trail

Boston is a world-class city, welcoming, sophisticated and historic. The Freedom Trail offers a unique experience where residents and visitors can become familiar with great stories of a people rising up against a mighty nation to demand civil liberties and freedom. Boston’s involvement in the American Revolution is critical to the telling of the story, for it was here that it all began and where it was launched. Plan your trip to include a walk along the Freedom Trail and visits to the historic sites.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the USS Constitution in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen by the City of Boston's Freedom Trail Commission[1] and is supported in part by the Freedom Trail Foundation[2] and Boston National Historical Park.
The Freedom Trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who in 1951 suggested building a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks. Boston mayor John Hynes decided to put Schofield's idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people were walking the trail annually.[3]
The National Park Service operates a visitor's center on the first floor of Faneuil Hall, where they offer tours, give out free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, and sell books about Boston and United States history.
Some observers have noted the tendency of the Freedom Trail's narrative frame to omit certain historical locations, such as the sites of the Boston Tea Party and theLiberty Tree.[4]
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