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Newton Park and Conservation Lands

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  Cold Spring Park

LOCATION: Newton Center and Newton Highlands

 
Cold Spring Park photo
 

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

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:

Beacon Street  Duncklee Street  Plymouth Road

MBTA: a 0.5 mile walk from the Newton Highlands Green Line station

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   USGS

Connects to: Cochituate Aqueduct runs along the edge of the park

SIZE: 67 acres

LONGEST WALK: 1.5 miles (a longer walk that includes this park)

ACQUIRED: 1930s

ADMINISTERED BY: Parks and Recreation

FEATURES:

The park has ample wooded areas, fields, a brook, and wetlands. A farmers' market takes place each summer on the parking lot off Beacon Street, on land that was previously used as a city dump.

Many activities are enjoyed here: baseball, tennis, soccer, walking, jogging, dog walking, nature study, birding, and cross-country skiing. A life course with exercise stations is situated along the trail. The ball fields may be reserved.

HISTORY:

1633 Part of 150-acre swamp and peat bog held as common land under a ruling by the General Court.
1848 The Cochituate Aqueduct built, which runs through the park.
1910s The Atlas Film Corp. bought the southern part of the park, and filmed silent movies there.
1930s Alcock's Swamp was drained, and the brook was rechanneled, lowered five feet, and partly culverted. The city acquired the land by gift, purchase, and tax taking. City developed south half of the park.
1983 City developed the Beacon Street half of the park.

Cindy Ryan paintingADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Mysteries of Cold Spring Park, by Michael Clarke

An Old Man's Walk in Cold Spring Park, by V. Eugene Vivian, PhD (plant checklist)

The Conservators' Fall 2001 lecture, by Dan Perlman, was entitled From Cold Spring Park to Planet Earth.

A farmers' market is held on the Beacon Street parking lot every Tuesday afternoon from July through October.

Birding reports

Crows Mob Owl, Wreak Havoc, an essay by Pete Gilmore

Environmental Show videos:

A Naturalist's View

Recreational Opportunities

A temporary installation by artists Mags Harries, Ross Miller, and Marty Cain funded by National Endowment for the Arts was placed in various locations in the park in 1993.

Cleanup of debris from old landfill

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