Facts at a Glance

Primary Purpose:

Flood control district – constructed by Corps of Engineers.

Secondary Purpose:

Conservation and passive recreation.

Created By:

Massachusetts Legislative Acts of 1972, Chapter 787


Between Summer Street in Weymouth and Liberty Street in Braintree

Physical Characteristics:

320 Acre watershed and conservation land, 20 acre holding pond, 290 foot dam, smelt brook, 8 foot diameter viaduct under Weymouth Landing.

Governed by:

Seven Member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayors of Weymouth and Braintree.


Two full-time Park Rangers.

Funded by:

Equal appropriations by the Towns of Weymouth and Braintree.

Conservation Activities:

Summer nature program for children, nature classes conducted by local schools, tree planting, erosion control, outreach program to nursing homes, service organizations, etc.

Recreational Activities:

Hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, biking, and snow-shoeing.  Also have a Boy Scout campground and picnic grounds for families and organized groups.


Friends of Pond Meadow, a non-profit group funds small nature projects.

Public Commitments:

To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – to maintain the flood control district to prevent loss of property and life due to flood conditions.  To the Massachusetts Land & Water Conservation Fund – to maintain a facility for public use that is attractive and reasonably safe.

Specific Benefits to Towns:

  1. A Corps of Engineers publication states that our flood control project prevented damage amounting to $824,000, which would have resulted from a storm depositing 9” of rain in April 1987.  There is no data on recent storms and hurricanes; however, there is no doubt that the district has prevented considerable flood damage.
  2. Existence of our flood control project has qualified Federal Flood Insurance policyholders for a 5% discount.