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Description - *Information Provided By Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation*

The river has been much altered since the 1800's when its shores were largely saltmarsh.

Mystic Lakes
In 1893, when the Metropolitan Park System was established, large estates lined the shores of the Mystic Lakes. In part through generous gifts of land, the eastern became part of the park system. The western shores were never acquired and were subdivided into smaller house lots. Today the Mystic Lakes are popular for freshwater swimming at Sandy Beach. Special sailing programs are available at the Tufts University Boathouse. The Upper Mystic Lake is for non-powered boats only. The Lower Mystic Lake is for power boats with no wake. For information about Sandy Beach call (617) 727-5380.

Attractions - Mary O'Malley Park
Acquired from the federal government after the closing of the historic Chelsea Naval Hospital, the park has striking views of the harbor and the Tobin Bridge over the Mystic River. A boat landing and shelter are located on an historic granite pier and a wind sculpture by William Wainwright enlivens the waterfront. Tennis courts and a large open lawn area for concerts and picnics are also available. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Draw Seven Park
The Draw Number Seven Railroad Bridge, which once crossed the Mystic River, gave this park its name. Built in cooperation with the MBTA, this park provides much needed field game space for Somerville and adjacent communities. Draw Seven Park offers 9 acres of parkland including two soccer fields, a bikeway/walkway, a picnic area with shelter and beautiful landscaping.

Recreation - Swimming

Climate - Boston experiences a continental climate that is very common in New England, but with distinct maritime influences due to its position on the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are cold, windy and snowy.

Location - MBTA: Commuter rail to W. Medford or Wedgemere stations for access to Mystic Lakes. Orange line to Wellington Station for access to Mystic River. Bus lines to Medford Square provide access to bikepath.

By Car: Mystic Valley Parkway. Fellsway access to Lower Mystic Reservation

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