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Hunnewell Woods and Park

Overview

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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History

1874

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.

before 1886

Boston/Newton boundary moved to the East, shifting this land into Newton.

1964

Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the railroad yard for Mass Turnpike extension, which was built along the northern edge of the parcel.

1969

After nearby residents petitioned for a playground, the City purchased the southern part of the former rail yard, to create Hunnewell Park.

1979

Conservation Commission purchased 1.6 acres of land from Thomas and Ruth Cannon to create Hunnewell Woods Conservation Area.

Features

Conservation Area, Cross Country Skiing, Playground, Sports Fields, Woods Trail
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 71026 0014, 71026 0024

Advocates and Caretakers:

Friends of Hunnewell Park

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