Hunnewell Woods and Park
Park featuring wildflowers, deciduous trees and typical suburban wildlife. Path along wooded slope leads to a playground. The park includes an off-leash dog area.
Size: Woods, 1.6 acres; Park, 4.6 acres. Longest Walk: 0.6 miles Acquired: 1969 (park) and 1979 (conservation area)
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Land now comprising Hunnewell Park was owned by Boston & Albany RR, and was known as the “Faneuil Yard.” Rail line was adjacent to this land. Land now in Conservation Area was part of rear of lots fronting on Washington Street owned by the Harris and Allen families. All of this land was part of the City of Boston, not Newton.
Boston/Newton boundary moved to the East, shifting this land into Newton.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the railroad yard for Mass Turnpike extension, which was built along the northern edge of the parcel.
After nearby residents petitioned for a playground, the City purchased the southern part of the former rail yard, to create Hunnewell Park.
Conservation Commission purchased 1.6 acres of land from Thomas and Ruth Cannon to create Hunnewell Woods Conservation Area.
Conservation Area, Cross Country Skiing, Off-leash dog area, Playground, Sports Fields, Woods Trail
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 71026 0014, 71026 0024
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