The Fernald Working Group seeks to:

  • Engage Waltham residents and stakeholders in deliberations about the future of the Fernald Center
  • Inform Waltham residents and stakeholders about the current conditions at the Fernald Center
  • Mobilize the political will to undertake a robust community planning process

The Fernald Working Group (FWG) is a coalition of Waltham organizations that has been active since 2003. FWG members include representatives from the Waltham Land Trust, WATCH, Waltham League of Women Voters, neighbors, and other interested individuals.

The Fernald Working Group is supported by Metro West Collaborative Development, a non-profit community development corporation. Read here for more information about Metro West CD.

FWG meetings are scheduled for 7pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at WATCH (24 Crescent St, Waltham). Please check our Facebook page for meeting specifics and updates.


to the following individuals and organizations, each of whom have provided valuable insights at different points in this process.

  • Michael Barrett, State Senator
  • Arthur Bennett, Historic Preservation Consultant
  • Thomas Curtin, former Waltham City Councilor
  • George Darcy III, Waltham City Councilor
  • Marc Draisen, Director, MAPC
  • Susan Fargo, former State Senator
  • Laura Goldin, Professor, Brandeis University
  • Peter Koutoujian, former State Representative
  • John Lawn, State Representative
  • Jeannette A. McCarthy, Waltham Mayor
  • Stephen Rourke, Waltham City Councilor
  • Thomas Stanley, State Representative and Waltham City Councilor
  • Belmont Citizens Forum
  • The Community Day Center of Waltham
  • Conservation Law Foundation Ventures
  • Covenant Congregational Church
  • Fernald League for the Retarded
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waltham
  • First Presbyterian Church, Waltham
  • First Unitarian Church, Newton
  • Friends of Samuel Gridley Howe Library
  • Goldencrest Hobbes-Brook Association
  • Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
  • Greater Waltham ARC (GWARC)
  • Hardy Pond Association
  • Marist Missionary Sisters
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded (COFAR)
  • Mass Coalition for Healthy Communities
  • National Archives
  • Neighborhood abutters of Fernald (leading to formation of Trapelo Neighborhood Association)
  • New Ecology
  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  • Smart Growth Alliance
  • Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate
  • Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Trustees of Reservations
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Waltham Arts Council
  • Waltham Council of Neighborhood Advocates (WCONA)
  • Waltham Council on Aging
  • Waltham Democratic City Committee
  • Waltham Disabled Veterans
  • Waltham Fields Community Farm
  • The Waltham Historical Society
  • Waltham Affordable Housing Committee
  • Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH)
  • Waltham Kiwanis Club
  • Waltham Land Trust
  • Waltham League of Women Voters