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Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge

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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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  • I love walking around Fresh Pond- Even in the winter months with the trees bare and the ground frozen. It feels like you are miles away from the city. People walk their dogs here all the time- good... 
    I love walking around Fresh Pond- Even in the winter months with the trees bare and the ground frozen. It feels like you are miles away from the city. People walk their dogs here all the time- good...  more »
  • There’s an approximately 2mi paved walk around the Cambridge Mass reservoir known as Fresh Pond. In the 1800s, the lake was privately owned and via adjacent rail access, it was the source of large... 
    There’s an approximately 2mi paved walk around the Cambridge Mass reservoir known as Fresh Pond. In the 1800s, the lake was privately owned and via adjacent rail access, it was the source of large...  more »
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  • Well maintained path, beautiful place for a walk. Watch out for the abundant poison ivy along parts of the fence, though! We still take our dog here (as do many people) but have him walk within the trail rather than the sides.
  • Love this place. Oxygen for the place I stayed. Great place to roam, to jog, and very good place for pet owners and lovers as it is a dog park too...

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