Melrose is proud of its excellent schools, its cultural facilities, including the 83-year old Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Melrose Massachusetts Television, the very active local cable channel, and its Victorian downtown area which is supported by a Chamber of Commerce and dates back to 1900. Another vital component of the quality of life in Melrose is its varied open space and recreation facilities. Ell Pond is a large natural feature in Melrose’s center, trees line Melrose streets and parks and open spaces are dispersed through and around the city. Melrose is the true implementation of the notion of a garden city with a commercial/institutional downtown surrounded by housing of varied densities. In addition, the city is ringed by a “green belt” which includes the Middlesex Fells Reservation to the west, and this belt buffers it from surrounding communities. Melrose’s recreational facilities include two golf courses, Pine Banks Park and Morelli field, a state-of-the-art baseball facility.