Riverside Greenway Forum
A panel discussion of the proposed Riverside Greenway was held at the Newton Free Library on January 24th. View the slide show about the Greenway presented by Herb Nolan of the Solomon Foundation.
Sudbury Aqueduct Petition
The Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force is circulating a petition urging Mayor Fuller to request that the MWRA officially open a portion of the Sudbury Aqueduct for use by walkers.
New Trail Marking in Newton Conservation Areas
The Newton Conservation Commission has installed new trailhead signs, intersection markers, trail blazing, and QR codes in many conservation areas. learn more
A New Bridge in Nahanton Park
The Conservators installed a new bridge across a small stream along the riverside path in Nahanton Park.
New Boardwalks in Cold Spring Park
The Friends of Cold Spring Park, with help from
Eagle Scout candidate Alex Rivero, Boy Scouts Troop 9 of Waban, and the Newton Parks & Rec department, has installed new walkways over some of the muddiest sections of the trail through Cold Spring Park.
Goats in the Old Deer Park
In 2017, the Newton Conservation Commission brought 30 goats into the old "deer park" section of Webster Conservation Area to nibble away at the underbrush. Learn more.
Carlson Avenue Woods
Before it closed down, Mt. Ida College sold 5 wooded acres of its campus to the Mormon church, which hopes to build a temple on the land. The college had also requested city approval of plans to subdivide another 6.5 acres for development of housing. Oak Hill Park neighbors organized to oppose the plans.
Save Webster Woods
Our efforts to save Webster Woods continued in 2017. We wrote a letter to the candidates for mayor and received this reply from Ruthanne Fuller. See January 2018 article.
More information about saving the woods
Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Removal
An invasive plant, Glossy Buckthorn, threatens the Red Maple forest in Cold Spring Park. A demonstration project to remove the Buckthorn is underway. An article in the Winter 2018 newsletter gives more details about the area.
New Signs in Conservation Areas
The Conservators have partnered with the Newton Conservation Commission on the development of new "welcome signs" at the entrances to all conservation areas in Newton. Each sign includes a "QR code" that lets visitors with smartphones see maps and other information about the conservation area.
Echo Bridge Railing Restoration Project
An effort is underway to raise public and private funds to restore the historic railings on Echo Bridge. Temporary chain link fencing has been in place since 2008 as a safety measure.
Upper Falls Greenway is Officially Open
The Upper Falls Greenway was officially opened on September 15, 2016
New on the Website
Boston Globe GRANT program
Boston Globe subscribers can help the Conservators by designating us as the recipient of their GRANT award
E-Bulletin January 24, 2019
Blue Heron Trail: Current and Future Links
Winter 2019 Newsletter
What Does the Newton Conservators Do?
Cold Spring Park Needs Some Love
Florrie's Path Gets a Welcome Addition; Pudding Stone in Hammond Woods
Newton Power Choice
Evening Grosbeak photo by Pete Gilmore
View more photos
Sculpture Exhibit on the Greenway
Sculptures were on view this summer along the Upper Falls Greenway. More photos
Identify This Place Contest Winners: Cold Spring Park
Two readers identified this marsh in Cold Spring Park.
2018 Annual Dinner
Webster Woods photos by Anne Kane
Identify This Place Contests
Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas
Photos by Jonathan Elcock
A Visitor from the Woods
Photos by Kenneth Mallory
The new editor of the Newton Conservators Newsletter is Kenneth Mallory, who was formerly
Editor-in-chief of Publishing Programs at the New England Aquarium. Mallory is also an accomplished photographer. View a sampling of his work.
Wilson Conservation Lands
The Wilson family has preserved an area of woods and gardens in Newton Centre.
Walks Along the Aqueducts
New photos, descriptions, maps, and shorter routes.
A Walk Near Riverside
A 3-mile walk along the Charles near the Leo J. Martin Golf Course covers some rough, unofficial trails as well as two new pedestrian bridges over the river.
From King's Handbook of Newton (1889)
Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge
Hammond Pond Woods
Norumbega Park Then and Now
Hemlock Gorge Then and Now