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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Beautiful Late Summer Morning & Cascades West Anniversary

It is simply wonderful outside.
Cool but not cold, and still short sleeve weather.
Humidity isn't terrible either.
Everything is green and lush, but there is a hint of turning leaves to yellow from the prolonged low level drought of missing rain (about 5").

Today is the Anniversary of the preservation of Cascades West, with the hill top, the amphitheatre, the grove of beech trees, and the vernal pools.

Prior to the preservation of Cascades West, all there was was Boynton Park and Cascades Park on Cataract Street. Sure some folks walked through the area, but it was two isolated parks that didn't connect as conservation land.
It was the belt that was created that inspired all that followed...
Cascades East...
Cascading Waters...
Cook's Pond...
Southwick Pond Brook...
Muir Meadow...
Cook's Brook...
Donker Farm...
all of that was to come, and all of that took shape with the linking of Boynton, Cascades West, and Cascades Park.

In a sense today is the birthday of the Four Town Greenbelt, as well as being the birthday of Cascades West.

Tomorrow is the United Way Day of Caring and we have teams coming to join us at Sibley Farm to work on projects on the vast property!
Today we prepare for that work.

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters at 8:00 a.m. (elev. 630'):
Temperature is 62.1 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 87% and steady;
Pressure is 30.18" of Hg and steady;
Skies are clear;
Wind is still;
Cascades have no flow;
Cascades Brook has no flow;
The USGS Fire Danger Class is LOW.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 82. 
West wind 3 to 6 mph.

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