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Coonamessett River restoration
Written by Brian Tarcy

FALMOUTH – When the town of Falmouth first decided to close the town cranberry bog along the Coonamessett River off of John Parker Road and let it return to its natural state, I was skeptical. For the past few years driving by, I was not impressed. But it has turned out spectacular.

And it is only going to get better, as work continues on the project.

I admit that for several years since the river restoration project began in 2017, I missed the bright working cranberry bogs. But no more.

Walking by the river to Pond 14, and then back, across John Parker Road to a stretch with two historic crossings, Swift’s Crossing and Dexter’s Mill Crossing, was quite a treat.

There is even a little beach where I met a dog named Juno who was running and jumping into the water and looking to be having more fun than anyone ever.

The project in its early stages was not particularly appealing. But after a few years of natural growth with lots of help, this greenway in East Falmouth is among my favorite hikes on the Cape. What a cool spot.

It will be very interesting to see how it evolves in future years.

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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