The Waltham Land Trust is excited to announce the relocation of our administrative offices to downtown Waltham. It is with mixed emotions that we depart from 240 Beaver Street, where we rented from the University of Massachusetts starting in 2002. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the collaborative and inspiring Waltham Field Station community comprised of amazing people dedicated to sustainability, agriculture, and local food production.
As an organization, we’ve pledged to make stronger efforts to serve and represent a more diverse cross-section of the community, and we hope a move to downtown will help us achieve that goal. As well, locating closer to the Blue Heron Trail along the Charles River and the Mass Central Rail Trail is a strong match for our outdoor programs. Plus, we’ll be a stone’s throw away from the Waltham Common and Lower Moody Street, where we often participate in community festivals and events.
Our new location brings us closer to our regular haunts — City Hall, Government Center, Waltham Public Library, and the Main Street post office to name a few. At the crossroads of Main Street and Moody, our new office positions us at the heart of Waltham’s local business sector and near some of Waltham’s most beloved institutions-homegrown restaurants and companies that have long supported our mission of open space preservation with frequent donations to our benefit events and easy willingness to host “give back” fundraisers.
Lastly, the change in ownership from UMass to the City of Waltham, for which we advocated whole-heartedly and fully support, presents challenges for us as a non-profit focused on land preservation. Becoming a tenant of the City could create a conflict, or the appearance of one, affecting our ongoing efforts to influence environmental and development policy and practice in Waltham, to be a holder of the City’s Conservation Restrictions, and to lobby for more of them. You can now find us at our new location: 8 Common Street, Unit 2, Waltham MA 02451 (right behind Café on the Common). We will retain our mailing address of P.O. Box 541120, Waltham MA 02454.
We appreciate the City of Waltham stepping up to purchase the Waltham Field Station, protecting it from development and ensuring its future as a haven for agricultural production and open space enjoyment in perpetuity. We look forward to learning who will be the holder of the permanent Conservation Restriction for the parcel, which is a state requirement of all Community Preservation Act funded acquisitions.