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Saturday, April 29 2017

9:00am-1:00pm

Volunteer for Park Serve Day

 

On April 29, 2017, our goal is to help clean up various parts of the Fells, including the Flynn Rink area (in Medford) and trails leading to the MIT Geodetic Observatory (located in Malden). Here are some pointers to addititonal information on the "missing" observatory:

  1. "The MIT Geodetic Observatory - An Overview" at this link
  2. A booklet on the historic MIT Geodetic Observatory at this link
  3. A short aerial video of the MIT Geodetic Observatory at this link
  4. A short aerial from a visit on 4/9/17 at this link

As announced by The Friends of the Fells:

"The Friends of the Fells, DCR, Digital Trail Guides, and citizens of Malden are co-sponsoring a Park Serve Day event focused on the historic MIT Geodetic Observatory.  People are coming together to help clean-up the area, spruce up the historic site, and tidy up the trails. This public day of service is open to all ages and groups are welcome. Please RSVP if your group is larger than four individuals.  Meet at Flynn Rink (300 Elm Street, Medford, at corner of Woodland Road) to arrange your work assignment.  Please bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray to suit your needs. Any required tools will be provided.  Lightning cancels, otherwise please dress for the weather.  Find out more at http://www.digitaltrailguides.com/ Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay at lindsay@yarsley.com or 413-237-4747."

MIT's Alumni publication ran a story on "MIT’s Mysterious Observatory Rediscovered"

The Friends of the Fells posted a related story at: http://www.friendsofthefells.org/uncovering-the-mit-geodetic-observatory-in-the-middlesex-fells/

There are some rocky, pebbled, and rooted paths which do present trip hazards. In addition, there are some modest ascents. The trail we plan is well traveled and relaxing. There will be activities appropriate for all ages and levels of hiking abilities!

 

Click above to view a short video of some trails and aerial views on YouTube

Here are highlights of the path planned for 4/29.

The path we plan to take during the clean-up is truly a beautifully scenic, peaceful hike.

After meeting at the Flynn Rink Parking lot, we will enter the Fells thru Gate 33. (You can refer to the DCR Fells Map at this link to reference the color-coded trails.) We'll travel along the Woodland Path (blue) for a bit. We then turn onto scenic Hemlock Pool Path and Road, heading to the path connecting F5-1 and F5-5.

At F5-5 we ascend the Rock Circuit Connector (orange) and wind our way up to the “BLOOM 1934” benchmark at 42° 26' 28.500" N, 71° 05' 3.600" W also known as (42.44125° , -71.08433) 

We then turn onto the Rock Circuit Trail (white) and followed that to the “MIT Geodetic Observatory” at 42° 26' 28.590" N, 71° 05' 6.480" W also known as (42.44127° , -71.08513) 

We'll provide planning updates for the April 29, 2017 clean-up at 

http://www.digitaltrailguides.com/  

http://www.digitaltrailguides.com/parkserve.html

Reference NOTE: The: DCR Fells Map is located at:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/fells.pdf

The DCR's website has this link describing the day of activities:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/get-involved/volunteer-ops/park-serve-day.html

Here are links to more information on MIT's mysterious and somewhat missing observatory:

  1. "The MIT Geodetic Observatory - An Overview" at this link
  2. A booklet on the historic MIT Geodetic Observatory at this link
  3. A short aerial video of the MIT Geodetic Observatory at this link
  4. A short aerial from a visit on 4/9/17 at this link

You can learn about the 2016 Park Serve Day at this link http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/pr-2016/dcr-park-serve-day.html

Thanks to friends Bill, Lynn, Lindsay and Kurt for this collaborative travel!