STEP 34 Winter St, Arlington, MA02474 The STEP program at Dearborn Academy is an interim assessment program for students in elementary, middle and high…More school. This program is intended as a temporary step for children who have left their current school program and need either to do some work to reenter or find a more appropriate placement. The emphasis is on respect, community and personal responsibility, with skill and community development. Students are usually referred by schools or families and receive assessment, counseling and academic support. The program lasts a minimum of 45 days.
With it's rolling hills, sprawling playground and sweeping views of the Boston skyline, Robbins Farm is a true…More Arlington treasure. Before becoming a park, the land was farmed for generations by members of the Robbins family, the last of whom, Nathan Robbins, was known to invite town children to play in his fields and orchards. The park was established in 1942 and rededicated in 2003 after significant renovations.
These days, one of the park's top attractions for Arlington children is a pair of long slides built into the hillside above its sprawling woodchip playground, which includes swings, slides and several unusual features, including a child-sized tractor and barn made of wood. Uphill from the playground, park goers will find basketball courts, a baseball diamond and large level playing field for soccer. The farm is also adjacent to the Brackett School playground, which is closed to the public during schools hours.
A popular site for kiting, Robbins Farm also plays host to summertime movies and the town's Fourth of July celebration. The park is supported by the Friends of Robbins Farm Park, which maintains a Web site www.robbinsfarmpark.org. The site includes updates on renovation projects as well as information about the various far-off points visible from the park.
The park is also home to the Robbins Farm Garden, a cooperative agriculture education project. The group maintains a Web site at www.robbinsfarmgarden.org.
Organized teams must request a field permit from the Arlington Recreation Department by calling 781-316-3880 before using town fields.