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October 20, 2019

New England Mountain Biking Association: Kids Day at Mary Cumming Park

Kids of all ages gathered for rides, fun and food on Sunday, October 20th. A great time WAS had by...

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July 12, 2019

Trustees Plans for the Park Taking Shape

The Trustees are busy at work developing their new plans for Mary Cummings Park. There is no final version ready...

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July 12, 2019

Amending the Dover Amendment

The Dover Amendment is the law that allowed Northeastern University to run roughshod over the Burlington community and to desecrate...

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July 10, 2019

In Honor of Grace Cummings

We recently got word that Grace Cummings of Woburn passed away at the age of 98. She was a direct...

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June 22, 2019

Vandalism in the Park

There has been regular vandalism in Whispering Hill Woods and Mary Cummings Park over the last years. But this year...

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red sox ticket raffle
May 11, 2019

Red Sox Tickets Raffle!

We held the drawing as announced at 11am on July 27th at the park. We raised over $2000 towards paying...

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visitors to mary cummings park
March 30, 2019

Spring Brings Visitors!

The welcome warm weather brings visitors out to the park. We were happy to see this couple visiting our kiosk...

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Mary Cummings Park stream
February 25, 2019

A Winter Stream Video

We went for a walk in the park to see if we could find scenes of winter. And we wanted...

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desecration of Mary Cummings Park by Northeastern
January 18, 2019

The Desecration of Mary Cummings Park by Northeastern University

Building 5 at Northeastern has reached nearly its full height, and we can now appreciate the depth of desecration that...

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drainage construction at Mary Cummings Park
January 2, 2019

Drainage from Northeastern Making a Mess

The construction crews at Northeastern University's expansion project seem to be running major drainage works through the lower part of...

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December 19, 2018

Butterfly, the Video

In the summer of 2018, your Mary Cummings Park webmaster raised a group of Monarch butterflies from eggs and released...

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December 11, 2018

What Northeastern Said

Here is some of what Northeastern's team said to Burlington's Planning Board, along with images of what they then built:

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new boardwalk
October 2, 2018

New Boardwalks Throughout Park

The Trustees have worked with volunteers to replace our heaps of old palettes with a series of lovely new boardwalks....

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photo contest
September 7, 2018

Burlington Conservation Commission Photo Contest

The Conservation Commission of Burlington is holding a photo contest for adults and children to find the best images of...

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Building 5 from Mary Cummings Park
September 3, 2018

Building 5 Report, September 2018

We made a major effort to get Northeastern to change their site plan so the new buildings don't loom over...

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monarch caterpillar on camera
September 3, 2018

Raising Monarch Caterpillars

Our friend and monarch caterpillar guide, Andrea Golden, was going on vacation and needed some caterpillar sitting. She had a...

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baby snapping turtle at Mary Cummings Park
September 3, 2018

Why Did We Find a Baby Snapping Turtle?

For the first time in over 10 years of walking every part of the park, we came upon a turtle:...

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trail signs repaired at Mary Cummings Park
September 2, 2018

Trail Signs Repaired

As discouraging as it can be to see our trail signs vandalized, it is a great feeling to see them...

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family at Mary Cummings Park
August 31, 2018

While doing a pre-Labor Day check that all dispensers have flyers and trails were in walkable condition, we ran into...

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frog by Mary Leach at Mary Cummings Park
August 23, 2018

Lowell Sun Features Mary Cummings Park

Mary Leach of the Lowell Sun did a nice photo-article on Mary Cummings Park which is viewable on their website....

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at mary cummings park
August 11, 2018

Park Fans, Summer 2018

We run into all sorts of visitors to the park, particularly during the summer, when Flyer's Field and Central Field...

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July 23, 2018

Monarch Mating Madness

As we were leaving the park the other night, a friend noticed a group of monarch butterflies roosting on a...

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tree swallow nest
May 20, 2018


Many of you wrote to tell us our birdhouse residents are Tree Swallows, and are on the desirable list of...

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birds on birdhouse
May 16, 2018

Birdhouse News!

Our bluebird houses have attracted attention of birds! Most houses have some straw in them, one has a nearly complete...

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April 20, 2018

Northeastern Wins, Park Loses

On Thursday, April 19th, the Burlington Planning Board voted to approve Northeastern's plan for the new Building 5, which will...

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March 18, 2018

Planning Board Meeting on Northeastern Building 5, 3-15-18

NOTE: The building was approved by Burlington and construction is underway. There is no value in trying to influence Northeastern...

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Proposed Northeastern Building 5 at Mary Cummings Park
March 10, 2018

How You Can Help Preserve the Park

NOTE: The building was approved by Burlington and construction is underway. There is no value in trying to influence Northeastern...

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Mockup of how the new drone cage and building 5 may look over Central Field.
March 4, 2018

Our Response to Northeastern Development

NOTE: The building was approved by Burlington and construction is underway. There is no value in trying to influence Northeastern...

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Nahant Community Meeting
February 28, 2018

Nahant Organizes Against Northeastern Expansion

Residents of Nahant gathered in force on February 27, 2018 to organize against the major expansion project that Northeastern has...

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Northeastern Developments at Mary Cummings Park
February 26, 2018

Major Development at Northeastern Campus at Mary Cummings Park

Northeastern University has been at work for nearly three years, with plans and construction already under way, to put major...

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snow on dried tansy flowers
December 15, 2017

Welcoming Winter in December 2017

After the warm, warm fall, the first snow and cold was a bit of surprise...

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November 30, 2017

Thanks! To Our Donors

Our recent fundraising email was very successful. Not only did we raise a good portion of the legal debts we...

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missing dog
November 16, 2017

Missing Veteran Service Dog!

We are very happy to report that the Veteran's lost service dog was found safe at Mary Cummings Park. Thanks...

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October 29, 2017

President Steve O’Leary Preserving Kiosks

The President of The Friends of Mary Cummings Park was recently spotted painting the roofs of all the kiosks with...

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October 8, 2017

Art Walk – October 7, 2017

The unusually warm October weather made for a lovely Art Walk. We had a great group with three small children...

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major trail repair
September 3, 2017

Trustees and Keurig Volunteers at Work!

On Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25, a group of volunteers from Keurig Corporation worked with The Trustees to...

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coloring booth for Mary Cummings Park
August 18, 2017

Coloring Booth at Celebrate Burlington Day, August 5th, 2017

Since the first Saturday on the month was Burlington's Town Day, we made this our monthly event. In spite of...

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Ted Elliman leads wildflower walk
August 18, 2017

Sept 2nd Wildflower Walk with Ted Ellman

Ted Elliman led us on our most well-attended walk; a enthusiastic group ranging from beginners to very knowledgeable wildflower fans...

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July 19, 2017

Trustees win $100,000 Grant

The Trustees recently announced the Cummings Foundation awarded the statewide conservation and preservation nonprofit a $100,000 grant to help improve...

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July 4th, 2017 Parade marchers
July 5, 2017

July 4th Parade, 2017

A hardy mixture of Mary Cummings Park and Landlocked Forest people marched together for the 2nd time in the Burlington...

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July 3, 2017

Fireflies at Mary Cummings Park

Starting now, beginning of July, and lasting perhaps a few weeks, there are FIREFLIES at Mary Cummings Park! If you...

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Fund Raiser Photos
May 30, 2017

Photography Sale & Fund Raiser at Talbots – June 12

We are very pleased to say that we raised over $500 for The Friends of Mary Cummings Park at our...

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May 21, 2017

Samsung Volunteers Clear Invasive Vines from Trees

Watch the volunteers from Samsung in Burlington clear a mass of invasive vines from a group of hardwoods trees. Below...

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Vernal Pool Walk at Mary Cummings Park
May 6, 2017

Vernal Pool Walk – May 6, 2017

Matt Burne, co-author of A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools, led us on a lovely, rewarding walk,...

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VMWare group at Mary Cummings PArk
April 28, 2017

VMWare Stone Wall Rescue – 4-27-17

A dedicated crew from VMware cleared a long section of badly overgrown stone wall on Thursday, April 27, 2017. We...

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Mary Cummings Palette Bridge
April 15, 2017

New Palette Bridge

The very long, muddy puddle that sits right beyond the Burlington Soccer Field kiosk has been a problem every spring....

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Ken Donnelly
April 7, 2017

State Senator Ken Donnelly Passes, a Great Friend to Mary Cummings Park

We were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of State Senator Ken Donnelly. We met with him just last...

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Trustees at Mary Cummings Parkj
March 4, 2017

Nature Walk with The Trustees, March 4, 2017

A sizable group of hearty people (it was 18 degrees and windy!) joined the March Nature walk with The Trustees,...

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Dave Cummings
October 30, 2016

Dave Cummings Looks Back

Dave Cummings is a relative of Mary Cummings, who gave us this park. We sat down to talk to Dave...

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Stantec Volunteers at Mary Cummings Park
September 24, 2016

Stantec Volunteer Groups Clear Trails

Three shifts of energetic Stantec volunteers came to Mary Cummings Park on Wednesday, September 20, 2016, and cleared out overgrown...

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September 17, 2016

VMware Volunteers at Mary Cummings Park

A team of 7 volunteers from the Burlington, MA, offices of VMware contributed a day of excellent trail clearing and...

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Mary Cummings Park at Talbots Fund Raiser
September 16, 2016

Talbots Fund Raiser for Mary Cummings Park!

There was a fund raising event at Talbots in Burlington on September 21st. 10% of pre-tax sales was donated to...

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Trustees of Reservations sign
August 25, 2016

Boston and Trustees of Reservations Snag?

During the winter and spring of 2016 the City of Boston has been in negotiation with The Trustees of Reservations...

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April 28, 2016

Boston RFP for Mary Cummings Park

On February 8th, 2016, The City of Boston issued an RFP for a qualified entity to become the manager of...

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