Well-known naturalist and author Peter Alden was the inaugural speaker for the new Newton Conservators lecture series on March 21, 2001. The meeting was cosponsored by the Newton Free Library and was held at Druker Auditorium before a crowd of about 80 on a rain swept evening near the time of the vernal equinox.
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.”
By Jean M. Husher
The 20-year span from about 1960 to 1980 was a period of such widespread activism in so many social and civic areas that deep historical roots of such movements are often forgotten.
By Matthew Call
Newton may be called the Garden City, but fewer than 20 percent of its land is open space, and with development projects planned for all corners of the city,