Fresh Pond is a sanctuary of upland forests, meadows, wetlands and wildlife on the western boundary of densely populated Cambridge.
Guided nature walks, treatment plant tours, festivals, family programs, ranger talks and more every month! Click here to see what's happening this month!
Fresh Pond: our fresh water, our urban wildland and ours to, together, protect.
Welcome to Fresh Pond! 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 water supply'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.
To contact the Rangers: call - (508) 562-7605
Getting involved at Fresh Pond Reservation is easy and fun! To learn more, follow the links below.
Curious about Fresh Pond Reservation, it's history, and why it is the way it is? Follow these links below to learn more!