Cold Spring Park


The park has ample wooded areas, fields, a brook, and wetlands. A weekly farmers’ market is held each summer on the parking lot off Beacon Street.

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. The southern end of the park includes an off-leash dog area.


Size: 67 acres    Longest Walk: 1.5 miles    Acquired: 1930s

Longer Walks that include this property:
A Loop Along the Aqueducts
Waban to Chestnut Hill



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Get here by MBTA:

a 0.5 mile walk from the Newton Highlands Green Line station

Other maps and aerial photos:

Bing Maps bird’s-eye view

Newton Assessor

Connects to:

Cochituate Aqueduct runs along the edge of the park


Newton Cemetery

Crystal Lake

Trail Map

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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Part of 150-acre swamp and peat bog held as common land under a ruling by the General Court.


Construction of the Cochituate Aqueduct, which now runs along the edge of the park.


The Atlas Film Corp. bought the southern part of the park, and filmed silent movies there.


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.


City developed the Beacon Street half of the park.


Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Life Course, MBTA Green Line, Meadow, Off-leash dog area, Sports Fields, Toilet Facilities, Vernal Pool, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 54022 0058 and other parcels

Advocates & Caretakers:

Friends of Cold Spring Park:



Park Features:

Newton Farmers Market is held on the Beacon Street parking lot every Tuesday afternoon from July through October.

Facebook page

The Red Maple Swamp in the park

Birding reports

Essays, Articles, and Lectures:

Cold Spring Park: Problems, Progress and Possibilities, a 2021 webinar by Alan Nogee of the Friends of Cold Spring Park

Mysteries of Cold Spring Park, by Michael Clarke

An Old Man’s Walk in Cold Spring Park, by V. Eugene Vivian, PhD

Plant list

Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Project to demonstrate the impact of the invasive on the native red maple and clethra

From Cold Spring Park to Planet Earth, the Conservators’ Fall 2001 lecture, by Dan Perlman

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

Environmental Show videos:

A Naturalist’s View

Recreational Opportunities

Other Information:

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