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Dolan Pond

Overview

A wetlands area traversed by paths, boardwalks, and foot bridges. There are four small ponds in all.

Walking, bird watching, nature study, and ice skating. A biodiversity study in 2000 found 120 plant, animal, and insect varieties. Red maple swamp with netted chain fern, round-leaved sundew, swamp milkweed, poison sumac, and cotton grass abound. Birdwatchers have spotted over 130 species of birds near Dolan Pond.

Wheelchair iconThe boardwalk and trail system is wheelchair-accessible.

 

Size: 8 acres    Longest Walk: 0.4 miles    Acquired: 1979 and 2004

Maps

 

Get here by MBTA: A 10 minute walk from West Newton, which is served by commuter rail and many bus lines.

Other maps and aerial photos:
Bing Maps bird’s-eye view
Newton Assessor

Trail Map


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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

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History

The western part was owned by Charles Dolan. The eastern end of Quinn Pond (Secret Pond) was owned by Catherine Quinn. The area was at one time slated for housing plots.

1979

The City took by eminent domain the privately owned portions with partial reimbursement from state self-help funds.

2003

Installation of new wheelchair-accessible paths and boardwalks.

2004-2007

Community Preservation Act funds used to acquire additional land from the Forte estate to be added to the park; CPA funds also used to support work by Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate the Forte home and build additional affordable housing.

Features

Accessible Trails, Birding, Conservation Area, Ice Skating, Pond, Vernal Pool, Woods Trail
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 33017 0015 and other parcels

Advocates & Caretakers:

Friends of Dolan Pond
24 Henshaw Terrace
West Newton, MA 02465
dolanpond@aol.com

Acquisition of Forte property:

Initial report (August 2003)

November 2003 update

May and September 2004 updates

Other Information:

Hidden Gem of West Newton (Fall 2017 Newsletter article)

Nature at Dolan Pond