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Lost Pond Sanctuary and Skyline Park

Guidebook Section: South

Location

 

Located in Brookline

Get here by MBTA: a 1.0 mile walk from Chestnut Hill Station, Green Line

Other maps and aerial photos:
Bing

Connects to:
Kennard Park

Overview

The property adjoins Kennard Park and Conservation Area and a portion of Hammond Pond Reservation, forming 140 acres of protected trails and wildlife. Skyline Park has over 15 acres of sport fields, playgrounds, and trails.

Quaking bog — Lost Pond is a kettle hole that has developed into a quaking bog on its northern edge, an unusual type of wetland in which peat forms a floating mat over the water.

Size: 58 acres

Longest Walk: 1.7 miles, on loop that includes Kennard Park

Longer Walks that include this property:
From the Charles River to Newton Center


Acquired: 1918 and 1982

Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

History

1874

Land was owned by George Griggs, Mary Clark, and heirs of Charles Heath.

1918

The reservation parcel was bought by two citizens and donated to the state.

1945

Town of Brookline acquired the land and drained the site for an incinerator.

1972

Landfill operations ceased. Land used as a transfer station for town trash.

1982

Conservation area transferred to Conservation Commission.

2008

Adjacent Brookline landfill was capped to become Skyline Park

Lost Pond Sanctuary and Skyline Park Map


 

Features

Accessible Trails, Geologic Features, Picnic Tables, Playground, Pond, Sports Fields, Woods Trail
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: not in Newton

Advocates & Caretakers:

Friends of Lost Pond
c/o Brookline Conservation Commission
617-730-2088

Other Information:

Birding reports