100 Years of Newton Parks and Rec

On January 30, 2020, Newton Conservators Board of Director, Michael Clarke, presented a lecture at the Newton Free Library entitled “100 Years of Newton Parks and Rec,” covering the years 1912-2012.

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A Letter from Edwin Webster

Editor’s note:  Conservators director Dan Brody recently received this letter under mysterious circumstances.  While we have verified the facts stated in the letter, we cannot vouch for the letter’s opinions or its authenticity. 

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The Charles River in the 1970s

Conservators website manager Dan Brody has been taking pictures of the Charles River for quite a few years. While the Charles hasn’t yet attained the Environmental Protection Agency’s goal of a fishable,

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Avery Sign

Avery Woods Agreements

Avery Memorial Woods was acquired in 1959 from the Avery family through a negotiated eminent domain taking.
According to the Newton Graphic, the land “was sold to the city at a small cost in 1959 with the understanding that it would be used only for park and recreational purposes.”

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