Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge

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#3 of 6 in Parks in Cambridge
Owned and managed by the City of Cambridge

Fresh Pond Reservation consists of 162 acres of open space surrounding and protecting the 155 acre Fresh Pond Reservoir. Fresh Pond Reservoir is a vital part of the drinking water supply system for the City of Cambridge. Fresh Pond is fed by the drinking water system's important upland reservoirs: Hobbs Brook Reservoir in Lincoln, Lexington, and Waltham, and Stony Brook Reservoir in Weston and Waltham. Raw water from Fresh Pond is purified at the adjacent Walter J. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility and pumped to Payson Park Reservoir in Belmont. From there it flows back to the city by gravity, providing drinking water to the residents and businesses of Cambridge.
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  • One of my local favorite places to take a walk. Lots of trees and open green areas. The water is protected so no fishing or swimming. Bring a good pair of sneakers. The walking area is pretty much fla...  more »
  • Green Park on the River Side of Cambridge perfect for running or walking their dogs. The path around the Park is circular but it is realized only when you return to the starting point. Suitable in the warm season, a picnic with friends. Children's playgrounds are all made of wood and kept very well, after all, like all the rest of the reserve.
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  • Fantastic 2.5 mile trail for walking, running or bike riding. A great place for young children to learn to ride a bike. Great for spotting animals with kids and a lovely play area on site. My kids lov...  more »
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  • One would expect that the sole water supply of Cambridge would have more security and fewer dogs. Dogs should not be allowed at all, let alone unleashed.
  • The crew at the reservation fo a great job after snowstorms plowibg the path so walkers like me can enjoy the 2.25 mi loop aroubd the pond.
  • The off leash areas for dogs are not very well marked and it is very small compared to the size of the reservation. The parking situation is for Cambridge residents only. The park was beautiful, but I didn't feel welcome. I will not return with my dog. Which basically means, I will not return.
  • Lovely reservoir reservation. Great for running, sledding, bird watching, dog walking. Parking for Cambridge residents only.
  • The best place for dogs an humans borh to go.
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