Newton Park and Conservation Lands
Kennard Park and Conservation Area
LOCATION: South Newton
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:
Dudley Road Audubon Drive Pond Brook Road
MBTA: see Lost Pond page for directions by MBTA
Other maps and aerial
photos: Newton Assessor Bing
Connects to: Lost Pond
Park: 16 acres;
Conservation area: 32.2 acres
LONGEST WALK: 1.7 miles, on loop including Lost Pond
(a longer walk that includes this park)
ACQUIRED: Park: 1982;
Conservation area: 1978
Parks and Recreation
Conservation area: Conservation Commission
This is a post-agricultural forest grown
up on 19th century farmland. The mixed and conifer woodlands reveal
colonial stone walls, a
red maple swamp with century-old trees, and a sensitive
The park has a perennial garden of flowering plants and shrubs and
an apple and pear orchard.
There's also a wooded hillside with puddingstone and Brighton Volcanic
outcrops. Pigeon Hill is a woodland with a circular stone wall.
The conservation area protects the South Meadow watershed. The house
is leased to support park maintenance and is not open to the public.
||Dr. Harrison Kennard
bought the land. Previous owner used to shoot passenger pigeons
on Pigeon Hill and sell them at Faneuil Hall.
32.2 acres from the Kennard family.
||More land and
the house were willed to the city by Dr. Kennard for Kennard
||The Kennard Park Sculpture Trail was open from Sep 1 to Nov 11
ADVOCATES & CARETAKERS:
Friends of Kennard Park
Managed by Kennard Park Board of Trustees.