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2019 Hike Back in Time — Recap and Photos!

2019 Hike Back in Time — Recap and Photos!

On June 2 a group hiked to the MIT Geodetic Observatory and Boojum Rock. It was a busy day in Malden, but the event drew a strong volunteer corps of Malden residents, MIT Alumni, DCR staff, and Friends of Fells members.

 

The MIT Observatory and Boojum Rock are close to each other and both located in the Fells in Malden. This was the 120th year of the Observatory. The community-driven freshening and transformation of the kiosk and Boojum Rock signpost is visible from before and after photos. It was a much-needed update!

BEFORE

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DURING

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AFTER

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The wood was sanded and painted.

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Shingles and roofing materials were secured and painted.

A new Plexiglas® covering with improved frame was installed.

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Volunteers also spent time picking up broken glass and other remnants from the past. The Boojum Rock signpost, at the entrance to the Fells near Gate 55, was repainted and lettered.

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Old and new historical and scientific documents are on display.

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The City of Malden – which was very supportive of the planning behind this effort – loaned the city flag for display in this remote corner of Malden for the day.

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The city was well represented at the event by At-Large Councillor Debbie DeMaria, who had fruitful conversations with the volunteers and DCR Representative Barabara Buls. Ms. Buls is responsible for the interpretative guides and signage throughout the Middlesex Fells.

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During the long morning of work, travelers would occasionally stroll by. Some were clearly expert hikers, while others curious small families or friend groups. A few joggers and dog walkers too! It was a very welcoming and fun visit.

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The group hopes to continue this as a recurring Malden event in the future, to be known as “Observatory Day”.

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In addition to this blog post, with photos showing the transformation of the site kiosk and some of the outdoor activities that took place, the organizers have created a dedicated FaceBook page to provide additional details and information in the future: https://www.facebook.com/TheFellsInMalden

Friends of the Fells

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells; promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.
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