November 30 – Community Information Meeting

7 pm at the Robbins Library Community Room.


The Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens invites the Arlington community to attend a presentation about the exciting, Community Preservation Act (CPA) funded restoration and renewal projects that will begin in the Robbins Town Garden, Spring 2018.

Everyone who loves the garden, who is interested in this specific project, or who may wish to join our organization is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Jim Feeney, Assistant Town Manager, Christine Harris, President of the Friends, and JoAnn Robinson, Chair of the Arlington Historical Commission, will introduce the program. Our consultants from Weston and Sampson – an engineering firm that among many projects restored the George Robert White memorial fountain in the Boston Common, will describe their recommendations for restoring the water features – replacing pumps, piping, restoring pools and managing water flow. Historic landscape architects from the firm Kyle Zick and Associates will share what their research at the Olmstead library revealed about the garden’s design and the specific plantings around the fountain. They will also indicate what plants they suggest be replaced.

Given that the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden is on the Massachusetts Historic Registry, it is required that the garden and its fountains be restored to resemble the original design. Understanding the garden’s historical significance, the community is invited to come learn about the garden and this project but will be unable to alter what was initially proposed.