Cold Spring Park
Guidebook Section: Central
The park has ample wooded areas, fields, a brook, and wetlands. A farmers’ market takes place each summer on the parking lot off Beacon Street, on land that was previously used as a city dump.
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
Owner & Administrator Websites
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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.
Cold Spring Park Map
Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Life Course, Meadow, Sports Fields, Toilet Facilities, Vernal Pool, Woods Trail
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 54022 0058 and other parcels
Advocates & Caretakers:
The Red Maple Swamp in the park
Essays, Articles, and Lectures:
Mysteries of Cold Spring Park, by Michael Clarke
An Old Man’s Walk in Cold Spring Park, by V. Eugene Vivian, PhD
The Conservators’ Fall 2001 lecture, by Dan Perlman, was entitled From Cold Spring Park to Planet Earth.
Crows Mob Owl, Wreak Havoc, an essay by Pete Gilmore