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The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) is located at the Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington Street in Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482. Enter 500 Washington Street into your GPS for turn-by-turn directions. Free parking is available on-site in the parking lot. We offer transportation to the Center for seniors who need or would like a ride.
Please visit our Transportation page for information on the COA Bus and Volunteer Drivers Program as well as other local transportation options. Our Transportation Coordinators are available for telephone or in-person consultations.
The COA is funded through local taxes, state, federal, and local grants, and private contributions.
The Council on Aging offers a variety of social, recreational, and educational programs. Our newsletter lists our current programs and is mailed to Wellesley residents over the age of 60 on a bi-monthly basis. If you are interested in receiving our newsletter via print or e-mail, please contact us.
Anyone over the age of 60 is welcome to participate in COA programs and utilize our services. There is no membership fee to “join”. While both Wellesley residents and non-residents are eligible to take part in our programs, we offer priority registration to Wellesley residents. We invite first time users to call or visit the COA to register your information and receive a tour. We will then issue you a key tag and you will be ready to begin enjoying the many benefits and resources available to you as part of the Wellesley COA community.
Family members, caregivers, and neighbors frequently contact us for information about services that help keep elders living safely and independently in their homes. Our Health and Social Services Administrator can help connect your loved one to local programs and services, even if you live far away. Visit our Social Services page for information.
The Wellesley Council on Aging could not accomplish its work without the assistance of its many dedicated volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer page to find our volunteer application and to learn about opportunities.
The COA partners with Express Gourmet of Wellesley to offer catered lunches three times per week. Meals are $4.00 and served at the COA every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:00pm. Guests must register no later than 9:30a.m. the day prior to the lunch they plan to attend. Please inform COA Staff and Volunteers of any food allergies at the time of registration.
The COA does not offer a Meals on Wheels program. However, we work closely with Springwell, a non-profit organization that provides home delivered meals to Wellesley residents.
Wellesley Town Hall's normal operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) is open at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
7:00 AM - Noon
7:00 AM - 3:45 PM
7:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday (April - November only)
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Please note that the RDF is closed on state holidays.
Visit the RDF page for more information.
To find out more about the Town of Wellesley's parking lots and their rates, go the Parking Clerk's page.
Copies of Vital Records (certified copies of Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates) may be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office for a $10.00 fee per copy ordered.
Requests can be in person or by a letter enclosing a check for the fee and a self addressed stamped envelope.
The Town Clerk's office does not accept credit card payments.
Send request and payment to:
525 Washington Street
Wellesley MA 02482
The Town of Wellesley can issue vital records for:
BIRTHS – if the person was born in Wellesley or the parents were resident in Wellesley at the time of the birth. (Please note - Newton Wellesley Hospital is in the City of Newton - call (617) 796-1200 for vital records in Newton)
DEATHS – if the place of pronouncement is Wellesley or the informant declared Wellesley to be the town of last residence of the decedent. Persons who die out of state will not have a death certificate filed with the Town of Wellesley.
MARRIAGES – if the couple filed their Intention of Marriage in Wellesley. The location of the filing is not determined by the location of the ceremony, it is the convenience of the couple as to where in Massachusetts they choose to file the intention.
The easiest trail is the Brook Path, which follows the Caroline and Fuller Brooks. It is a level, partly paved trail which parallels Washington Street and is easily accessible from the multiple cross streets. The Longfellow Pond Trail is another easy trail, which circles this scenic pond in our Town Forest. Other easy trails are listed online under Suggested Walks.
The Brook Path and the Longfellow Pond Trail are easy trails and great for kids. We also recommend the Centennial Reservation Trail for a hike up to the top of Maugus Hill for a view of the Blue Hill, the Morses Pond Trail to the town beach and then continuing along the Crosstown Trail to view the pond, and the Boulder Brook Trail for a hike to the top of Rocky Ledges.
Most of the interconnecting trails are suitable for jogging. The Brook Path and trails along the aqueducts provide level surfaces with good footing, and the Guernsey Path and Beard Trail also provide good jogging routes. If you enjoy long jogs, take the Wellesley Grand Tour, a 10.8 mile loop using all five of our interconnecting trails.
Maps are available online, at map dispensers located at trail parking lots and trailheads, at the Natural Resource Commission Office in Town Hall and at the Town Clerk's Office. You can get trail maps for all the town trails and detailed trail maps for Boulder Brook Reservation, Centennial Reservation, Morses Pond and the Town Forest.
With an early awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources and careful town planning, Wellesley has 2,700 acres of open space. We are also fortunate to have two aqueducts running through town that serve as interconnecting greenways, along with a historic linear park. As a result we have 43 miles of trails in Town, and 26 miles are marked with trail markers.
There are fourteen trails in Wellesley, and most likely there is a trail near your home, school or business. We have nine woodland trails that go through conservation lands, parks and open space, and five interconnecting trails that run along aqueducts, parks and roads.
The shortest trail, the Rockridge Pond Trail, is 0.4 miles long and is a pleasant walk around the edge of this scenic pond. Our longest trail, the Crosstown Trail, is 6.0 miles long and runs along the Cochituate Aqueduct from the east to the west side of town.
Come on one of our free guided walks. We run walks in the spring and fall. The walks are at an easy pace, less than two miles long, and last about one hour. Look for walk schedules on our website, announcements in the Townsman's Community Bulletin Board, and fliers posted on our map houses.
Yes, dogs are welcomed on our trails. The dog can be off-leash if under voice control by the owner. We encourage walkers to pick up after their dogs and properly dispose of the waste. Remember that the town has a restriction on the number of dogs on conservation land: No more than two dogs per person, or three dogs with a permit.
Yes, our trails are used by bicyclists for recreation and commuting, and by children going to school. The most popular bicycling trail, and frequently used by families, is the Brook Path because of its level surface. Note that all motorized use of the trails on open space lands is prohibited.
The Brook Path, the lower meadows at Centennial Reservation, and trails along the aqueducts are ideal for cross-country skiing. The section of the Crosstown Trail from Weston Road to Rt. 9 is a favorite, with scenic views of Morses Pond and only two road crossing. The Guernsey Path from the trailhead at Winding River Road to the Nehoiden Golf Course is another picturesque trail with only one road crossing.
Please report trail problems to the Natural Resources Commission Office. Call us at 781-431-1019, extension 2294, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come to one of our monthly trails meetings, meet our committee members, and learn about our projects and plans. We are a volunteer town committee, and welcome people who would like to join the Trails Committee to help us monitor and maintain the trails. Not interested in becoming a committee member? Then consider joining the Friends of Wellesley Trails to help us with events and projects and contact us at email@example.com.