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$306K U.S. grants boosts reservoir restoration

Award supplements capital, CPA funds to finance added park improvements


Town planning has secured a $306,940 federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for the Arlington Reservoir restoration project -- one of 10 to receive such funding.

The grant builds on the town’s ongoing commitment to put into effect improvements recommended by the reservoir master plan, which have been financed through capital funds and the Community Preservation Act, a Nov. 5 town news release says.

The federal grant will be spent on additional improvements to the park, perimeter trail and water body through erosion-control measures, removal of invasive plants and installing native plantings. The money also will pay for constructing overlook seating and an improved boat launch, reconstructing entrance pathways and installing interpretive signs with historic, environmental and recreational information.

Funding dates from 1964

Congress established the grant program in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreational opportunities to all Americans. Any municipality with an approved open-space and recreation plan is eligible to apply for this program.

The number of grants and amount of funding awarded this has significantly increased after passage of the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act, which guarantees $900 million in perpetuity.

The Res, one of the most heavily used natural spaces in Arlington, is a unique property with a wide range of amenities. The include a walking trail, habitat garden, playground and bathing beach, centralized around a natural body of water. The property spans land in both Arlington and Lexington, but is wholly owned by the Town of Arlington.

In 2018, Arlington developed the reservoir master plan through a thorough public-participation process. Now in Phase 2, the success of the plan’s implementation has been a result of a townwide commitment to improve the safety, accessibility and environmental aspects of the open space. 

Read more about the plan and improvements at

For more information, contact Jennifer Raitt, director, Department of Planning and Community Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Joseph Connelly, director of recreation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 2, 2021:Part 2 of Reservoir project underway

This news announcement was published Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

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