A 68-acre freshwater wetland between Clapps Pond and Duck Pond, owned by the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is a “passive recreational area with great walking trails,” the town says on its Web site. The vestige of Evans Field, 244 Route 6, falls within this area. More history»
To appreciate the importance of this 29.5-acre refuge, walk out to the end of the viewing platform and look across Shank Painter Pond. Even in summer, a heavy tree cover cannot fully disguise the density of development along the pond’s southern shore. “In 1975, 1986 and later in 1995, the town’s open-space plan rated this area as the town’s top priority for protection,” the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts said of Shank Painter Pond. “In spite of these declarations, exorbitant land prices and public sentiment against eminent domain land takings kept its acquisition for conservation out of reach.” What led to the creation of this sanctuary was one of the boldest development plans to date. In 1995, the Patrick family (of Marine Specialties renown), proposed a 19-lot subdivision on property along the north shore that they had owned since the 1970s. More pictures and history»
Wastewater Treatment Plant
“Klaatu barada nikto.” If you come upon the Wastewater Treatment Plant from the woods of the Province Lands, you may spend an astonished moment thinking you’ve discovered an alien spacecraft that landed in the early 1950s. (Be sure to say that phrase to Gort if you see him in the woods; otherwise, he’ll destroy Earth.) More pictures and history»
Michael J. Tasha, who owns this mixed-use property with Halcyone H. Tasha, is the president of the Cape Cod Oil Company, which is quartered here. There’s also a house on the lot, pictured at right, that was almost certainly moved here from 6 Kendall Lane, where it served as the Rosa Lee Summer School of Portrait Painting.• Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-18
Whale’s Tail Memorial by Robert Koch, above; fire hydrant by Ilene Charles, below.
This being Provincetown, there would be no place for a utilitarian dog run; especially since a mastiff and a springer spaniel were among the passengers aboard the Mayflower — or so says the nonprofit Provincetown Dog Park Association, which opened this park in 2008 on a one-acre strip of the original Route 6 right of way. There are two off-leash runs, one of them set aside especially for smaller dogs, 25 pounds and under. Artists have contributed substantially to the park. Whale’s Tail Memorial by Robert Koch is a tall steel sculpture that could also be taken as an eternal flame, rising over brick and bluestone pavers inscribed with personal, intimate tributes. More pictures and history»
Almost directly opposite the end of Shank Painter Road, across Route 6, appears a large clearing in the woods. If you go exploring there, you’ll not only be stepping back into Provincetown history, you may even be stepping on Cuban soil — if local legend can be believed. For this was Evans Field, graded and constructed in 1905 on what had been the cranberry bog of Joe Holmes, by officers of the North Atlantic Fleet, under the command of Rear Adm. Robley D. “Fighting Bob” Evans (1846-1912), for whom the field was named. Best known for leading the Great White Fleet on a round-the-world projection of America’s growing power, Evans is pictured at left.
It’s still possible for two people to stay in Provincetown for less than $50 a night — thanks to Robert Collinson (1920-1978), who founded the Dunes’ Edge tent site in 1960; his widow, Miriam M. Collinson (b 1942), who kept it going long after his death; the Town of Provincetown; and the Trustees of Reservations, a statewide trust founded in 1891 that is chartered to hold land tax free for the benefit of the public. The Trustees acquired this 17-acre property on the edge of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 2013 after four years of negotiation. They continue to run it as a seasonal campground for 85 standard tents, pop-up tents and vans, as well as 15 motor homes or travel trailers. Besides affordable accommodations, the Dunes’ Edge deal also preserves a priceless relic of woodland living, 1960s style.