Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader who sent us this shot of Natick teens putting the social into social distancing at a local parking lot. Look closely at the chalk drawing in the center. Looks like the kids are playing hangman. We all get through worldwide pandemic in our own way, right?
Natick’s total COVID-19 cases number at 177 probable/confirmed cases as of May 11, 2020
Total Natick cases since March 1, 2020 — 357
Middlesex county confirmed cases: 17,774
Massachusetts confirmed cases as of May 11: 78,462
Count of deaths of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Middlesex County: 1,235
Count of deaths of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts: 5,108
Fields of dreams
The Town of Natick has closed Memorial Field at West St., and Cole North and Cole South Fields at Boden Lane. According to a Board of Health order, the field have been closed because “the Natick Police and Health Departments have been receiving complaints regarding groups gathering at the fields. The groups were larger than 10 people and not observing the social distancing requirement and/or not wearing facial coverings.”
Sassamon Trace Golf Course is Open
With Governor Baker’s blessing, Sassamon Trace Golf Course opened on May 7th. Here’s all you need to know to enjoy the links:
No walk-in play allowed, golfers must call (508) 655-1330 and pay in advance
Do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes in advance of your tee time
You must bring your own clubs
You must maintain social distancing of 6 ft
Rentals carts, pull carts and rental clubs are not available
Golf shop closed
No restrooms facilities are available on site
Golf holes are filled so ball stays partly above ground
Touching of flag slicks and signs is prohibited
Water stations and ball washing stations are not available
Bunker rakes are not available
Practice facility is unavailable
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Like everybody else these days, I am 100% devoted to my daily walks. Since some of my go-to spots have been placed off limits due to coronavirus concerns, such as Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in South Natick and the path around Wellesley College’s Lake Waban, I’ve taken the opportunity to get out of my trails rut and find new (to me) spots.
Coolidge Woods, with its Eisenmenger trail and many criss-crossing paths was a wonderful spot to hike. I accessed the area at Coolidge Field, near Natick Center. There is parking on Chester St. and Sheridan St. You can’t miss the entrance to Coolidge Woods.
There are many, many ways to hike that area. I opted for an out and back route that took me from Coolidge Field, along the pasture bordering the former Winona Farm in South Natick, to Nokamis Way, and back, a two-mile round trip route. Come along with me for a nice and easy hike.
Natick Town Moderator Frank Foss has announced that the town’s 2020 Spring Annual Town Meeting (TM) is postponed to June 9 due to the challenges of keeping the 180 TM members the requisite six-feet apart to comply with social distancing practices.
Should TM goes forward on that date, it’s likely that participants will be masked up. Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker has issued an executive order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
EVENT: Spring Annual Town Meeting
DATE: June 9, 2020
LOCATION: Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Rd., Natick
Trash pick up and recycling news
The pink bag curbside collection program has resumed. You can request bags online from Simple Recycle, or call them 866-835-5068. Items that can go into the pink bags are clothing and accessories; kitchenware and appliances; home goods; tools; toys; and books.
Curbside recycling and trash/composting pick-up remains operating on a regular schedule.
Bulk pick-up continues to be suspended until further notice.
Spring curbside collection of yard waste has been canceled. You can drop off your yard waste at the Recycling Center at 75 West St.
Recycling Center hours: Thursday – Sunday, 8am – 3:30pm.
Wide open spaces
The Town is in the process of updating the 2020 Open Space & Recreation Plan and needs your input. The OSRP tracks the Town’s open space & recreational resources and identifies a list of goals/projects to accomplish in the future. Keeping it up-to-date also makes Natick eligible for funding through grants.
Please take a few moments to participate in Natick’s update to the 2020 Open Space & Recreation Plan. Visit www.tinyurl.com/NatickOSRP to take our survey and learn more.
The Town’s open spaces and recreational areas are being utilized now more than ever. Your input will help us improve these areas, create more of them, and address environmental concerns.
The charming, and growing, Fairyland project at Hunnewell Forest in Natick should keep kids and adults occupied for at least 1 socially distanced escape from the house.
But if you need some variety over the long weekend, Wellesley also has an Alphabet hunt off of Turner Road/Weston Road at the North 40 (boardwalk too, which is not easy to social distance). There had been a Brook Path Zoo that started near Cameron Street (near Wellesley Free Library), but think the storms might have done it in.