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Crystal Lake Land Purchases

In May 2007, the City of Newton acquired by eminent domain the lakeshore property at 20 Rogers Street. The city had previously been in negotiations to buy the land from the owner of the property, which is adjacent to the Crystal Lake beach.

In September 2008, the city signed a purchase and sale agreement for the purchase of the shoreline portion of an adjacent property, 230 Lake Avenue. With this purchase, the City will own a contiguous lakeside path from the Crystal Lake beach to the existing parkland at Levingston Cove.

The future use of the newly acquired land remains to be determined. Here is one suggested plan. The Crystal Lake Task Force released a draft master plan in January 2009.

More information on these purchases:

April 2008 update

March 2008 update

Mayor Secures Crystal Lake Beach Expansion

Boston Globe: Newton takes lakefront site, but hard feelings linger in saga

Mayor Cohen's letter

Statement by Ward 6 aldermen

"A Better Crystal Lake" website

more Crystal Lake info

New parkland at 20 Rogers Street   View from the water of the new parkland
A panoramic view in 2007 from 230 Lake Avenue (at left) to the Crystal Lake bathhouse.
20 Rogers Street   230 Lake Avenue is located between 20 Rogers Street and the Levingston Cove park area. The city is acquiring the waterfront portion of this property.
The land to be acquired includes the wall at right  
A high stone wall once was the backdrop to the swimming area. The new parkland is behind the wall.   By 2008, most of the wall has been taken down.



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