THE BROOKSIDE AREA
Rosemary Brook, Longfellow Pond, Scenic Brookside Road, Town Forest, Community Gardens, the Esker and the Trails, Centennial Reservation...
THE BROOKSIDE AREA HOLDS MANY ASSETS AND IS AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND. IT CONTRIBUTES TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE ALL ENJOY AND HOLD DEAR.
The area is home to Rosemary Brook, which is part of the Rosemary Brook Watershed and the larger Charles River Watershed. Six of our town's water wells are located in the area, the entire area is a Wellhead Protection Area and a designated Level Two Water Supply Protection District. The area also sits atop of our town aquifer. Much of the area is located in the Riverfront Area or made up of Wetlands, both of which provide buffer zones for flooding, and pollution control.
The area makes up the town's largest wildlife corridor. It is home to countless birds and animals, even the endangered Northern Long Eared Bat. It's not uncommon to see our great blue herons darting across the river, or see a turtle crossing Brookside Road to lay her eggs. Natural vegetation abounds - lady slippers appear in the spring, and an American Elm tree was recently identified near the Community Gardens.
The area has long been studied by our elementary students during their geological field trips. The esker along Rosemary Brook is a prime example of when glaciers carved our landscape thousands of years ago.
From Chief Maugus who had his settlement near the brook and sold the land to the colonists that would later become Wellesley, to the 1720 Ephraim Ware house still in existence as a residence today, the area is rich in Wellesley and pre-Wellesley history.
Last but certainly not least, residents from Wellesley and beyond find every imaginable activity in the area, in every season. You'll find hiking, jogging, dog walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing on the trails; fishing, canoeing and skating on the pond; bird watching and photography along the brook; biking, star gazing, and of course golf.... The area has it all, and the community takes full advantage 365 days a year.