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Mayor McCarthy proclaims Waltham a #GivingTuesday city

Mayor McCarthy proclaimed on November 19th, 2015, that Tuesday "December 1, 2015, as: #GivingTuesday in the City of Waltham, and encourages all citizens to join together to give back to the community in any way that is personally meaningful." Join thousands of people worldwide reclaiming the true meaning of the holiday season by donating to local charities like the Waltham Land Trust on #GivingTuesday, December 1. To learn more about #GivingTuesday, check out their PSA video. Click on image of the proclamation to the right to read it.

Watertown Savings Bank
Customer Choice Awards

If you are a Watertown Savings Bank customer, please VOTE for Waltham Land Trust in the 20th Anniversary Customer Choice Awards! WSB will be distributing $85,000 based on your votes! Deadline to VOTE in 2015 is December 31.

WLT urges Action on communications tower impact
into Prospect Hill Park


The Waltham Land Trust has been concerned about the communications tower impact into Prospect Hill Park for some time. For background, read our letter we provided to Mayor McCarthy, each Waltham City Councillor, the Waltham Recreation Department, and the Waltham News Tribune in April, 2015. A copy of the letter was given to the Waltham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at a public hearing in July.

At the September 15 continuation of the July hearing, the following statement from the Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors was read:

The Waltham Land Trust seeks restoration of damage to the park and an end to the use of our public park for tower access and support. Legal or not, we don't understand how this residential use became commercial without zone changes, permits, or variances.

The case was continued, again, at the hearing held on November 24. Enough is enough!

If you are concerned about the tower, please attend what we hope will be the final ZBA public hearing on Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm at the Government Center, 119 School Street. At this meeting, WLT's Program Director will read the following statement:

The Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors strongly urges the Zoning Board of Appeals to vote on the Antico matter this evening. The parties have indicated that whomever loses the ZBA case will take it to Massachusetts Court, causing further delays. The negative impacts this commercial communications tower have had on the City of Waltham's first and largest public park have gone ignored long enough. Please vote against this appeal--tonight.

For more information, read this article and this article in the Waltham Tribune about the ZBA case regarding the tower. Here are some pictures of the encroachment onto Prospect Hill Park.

WLT'S 16th Annual Meeting Recap

About forty people attended the Waltham Land Trust's 16th Annual Meeting, held the evening of October 20th at the First Parish Church.

After receiving the Inge Uhlir Environmentalist of the Year award, a stunned George Darcy shared his vision for restoring the grounds of the historic Wellington House.

Then, Lesya Struz enlightened the group on the connection between the Warren family and that of Justice Brandeis which began in the 1800s. Download Lesya Struz's Warren Brandeis presentation as PDF.

David Kehs next explained the need to preserve 1 Balm Avenue, part of the link between the Western Greenway and Prospect Hill Park, currently for sale.

Diana Young summarized the finances of the WLT from FY2015, which was followed by a Q&A session moderated by WLT President Dr. Nadene Stein. Three Board Directors were re-elected, and delicious snacks were enjoyed by all. Download Diana Young's Annual Meeting presentation as PDF.

Coming soon for download will be George Darcy's vision for the historic Wellington House presentation as PDF.

Here are a few photos from the night.

The Waltham Land Trust’s mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space.

We envision growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment


What are the natural features which make a township handsome? A river, with its waterfalls and meadows, a lake, a hill, a cliff or individual rocks, a forest, and ancient trees standing singly. Such things are beautiful; they have a high use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were wise, they would seek to preserve these things, though at considerable expense; for such things educate more than any hired teachers or preachers, or at any present recognized system of school education. -- Henry David Thoreau

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About the picture in the banner at the top of the page...

The picture, taken in June of 2005, is of a vernal pool at Berry Farm, an At Risk for development open space parcel next to Prospect Hill Park.

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