Medford, Somerville, Everett
Open year round, dawn to dusk. The banks of the Mystic River are almost entirely
publicly owned, from the Amelia Earhart Dam at the mouth of the
Mystic Lakes, making it one of the Commonwealth's best protected
streams. The river has been much altered since the 1800's when its
shores were largely saltmarsh.
Mary O'Malley Park
Acquired from the federal government after the
closing of the historic Chelsea Naval Hospital, the park has striking
views of the harbor and the Tobin Bridge over the Mystic River.
A boat landing and shelter are located on an historic granite pier
and a wind sculpture by William Wainwright enlivens the waterfront.
Tennis courts and a large open lawn area for concerts and picnics
are also available. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Torbert Macdonald Park
Macdonald Park honors a United States Congressman
who served the district for 21 years. The park was built on a reclaimed
dredge spoiled area left after the construction of Route 93. The
award-winning landscape design of the meandering paths, trees and
open lawns provides space for rest and enjoyment as well as bicycling,
jogging, walking and informal games in a riverside setting.
Draw Seven Park
The Draw Number Seven Railroad Bridge,
which once crossed the Mystic River, gave this park its name. Built
in cooperation with the MBTA, this park provides much needed field
game space for Somerville and adjacent communities. Draw Seven Park
offers 9 acres of parkland including two soccer fields, a bikeway/walkway,
a picnic area with shelter and beautiful landscaping.
In 1893, when the Metropolitan Park System
was established, large estates lined the shores of the Mystic Lakes.
In part through generous gifts of land, the eastern became part
of the park system. The western shores were never acquired and were
subdivided into smaller house lots. Today the Mystic Lakes are popular
for freshwater swimming at Sandy Beach. Special sailing programs
are available at the Tufts University Boathouse. The Upper Mystic
Lake is for non-powered boats only. The Lower Mystic Lake is for
power boats with no wake. For information about Shannon Beach call
MBTA: Commuter rail to W. Medford or Wedgemere stations for
access to Mystic Lakes. Orange line to Wellington Station for access
to Mystic River. Bus lines to Medford Square provide access to bikepath.
By Car: Mystic Valley Parkway. Fellsway access to Lower