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Newton Park and Conservation Lands

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  Bullough's Pond

LOCATION: Newton Center

 
Pond photo
 

Newton Conservators trail map   (Buy a copy of our trail guide)

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrance at:

Bullough Park Road 

MBTA: Route 59    Directions from Green Line  

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   USGS

Nearby: Newton Cemetery

SIZE: 9 acres

LONGEST WALK: 0.6 miles

ADMINISTERED BY:

Pond - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Periphery - Parks and Recreation

FEATURES:

Walk around the lake, or sit on a bench and watch the ducks. A dredging completed in 1992 was intended to slow down the eutrophication process that's common in shallow, man-made ponds, especially those in highly developed areas.

HISTORY:

1664 John Spring build grist mill on Smelt Brook, creating the mill pond.
1880s Renamed Silver Lake and used for harvesting ice, stored in an icehouse on the riverbank and delivered to Newton homes in summer.
1897 Pond landscaped for residential development. Dam was replaced with concrete.
1992 Pond dredging paid for by $260,000 in state funding.
2000 Publication of Reflections in Bullough's Pond by Diana Muir, a commentary on how the pond, like much of New England, has been fashioned by humans. The Boston Globe called it "an extraordinary book, a combination of polemic and all-encompassing scholarship."

ADVOCATES & CARETAKERS:

Bullough's Pond Association
P.O. Box 600669
Newtonville, MA 02460

Gene Mackles painting of Bullough's Pond
  Painting by Gene Mackles

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A Deep History: Bullough's Pond, by Allison Carter (Newton Patch)

Fair to mark 350 years at Bullough's Pond (Newton Tab)

Birding reports

King's Handbook of Newton (1889)

"On a dreamy day of Indian summer, one can hardly choose a lovelier rambling-ground than these voiceless solitudes about Bullough's Pond, amid the scarlet glories of the barberries and sumachs, the vivid gold of the witch hazel, the pyrola's pale green, the wild cherry's orange and crimson, the oak's sprays of fiery glow, the deep green of the bittersweet, the sombre shadows of the evergreens."

1990 study of restoring the pond

A scene in the 2008 movie The Women was filmed at Bullough's Pond.

Wikipedia

Fall at Bullough's Pond (detail), by Mary Beth Maisel

Fall at Bullough's Pond (detail), by Mary Beth Maisel

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