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Cold Spring Park

Guidebook Section: Central

Location

 

Get here by MBTA:
a 0.5 mile walk from the Newton Highlands Green Line station

Other maps and aerial photos:
Bing
Newton Assessor

Connects to:
Cochituate Aqueduct runs along the edge of the park

Nearby:
Newton Cemetery
Crystal Lake

Overview

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

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


Acquired: 1930s

Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

First three photos shown here. Click a photo to view the complete slideshow or click here to browse the complete gallery.

History

1633

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

1848

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

1910s

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

1930s

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.

1983

City developed the Beacon Street half of the park.

Cold Spring Park Map


 

Features

Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Life Course, Meadow, 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:

Mysteries of Cold Spring Park, by Michael Clarke

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

Plant list

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

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