Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Deer, Drought, and a Wild Hike!


So, we are now officially in a drought.
So, that tan color, that would be classified as a "moderate drought." Yellow is "abnormally dry." If this keeps up we will start to see some orange on this map as well.

All of which is to say that while it may not be California out there, conserve your water. Draw water for gardening from rain barrels, and if you don't yet have rain barrels attached to your gutters, it might be something you would want to think about. Even a small rainstorm can go a long way to filling a rain barrel.


A photo of deer walking along the powerline corridor between Cook's Brook and Donker Farm on the eastern slope of the Tatnuck Valley. Thanks Jackie!


Back in 1997-98 the City of Worcester Planning Office, the Regional Environmental Council, and the Greater Worcester Land Trust kicked around the idea of a trail that threaded parks together into a string from the outskirts of the City to downtown. Since then, the folks over at the Friends of Newton Hill whole heartedly adopted the idea. The students at Clark University also adopted the idea at Hadwen Arboretum. The City also installed a bridge over the Tatnuck Brook at Coes Reservoir, and worked with the Trust to preserve the lands by Columbus Park and the Knights of Columbus.

Well, now the folks at Park Spirit and the Friends of Newton Hill want to realize that sketch plan, and pull all of those pieces together into what is known as the "East West Trail."

Today they are leading a hike from Coes Reservoir to Institute Park to demonstrate the concept. The walk kicks off at 8am, and GWLT will be there to join in on the fun!

Trailhead Conditions at 7:30 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 54.0 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 55% and steady;
Pressure is 29.68" of Hg and steady;
Skies are clear with sun;
There is no wind;
The Cascades still have a little water left;
The Cascades Brooks are down to a trickle;
USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Isolated showers after 2pm.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
West wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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