Leo J. Martin Golf Course and Riverside Park
Situated on the banks of the Charles River, the Leo J. Martin Golf Course began play in the 1930’s.
During the winter months, the course is transformed into a commercially run cross-country ski area, with equipment rental and refreshments.
The Riverside Park and canoe launch is at the end of Recreation Road.
Size: 18 holes Longest Walk: 0.3 miles in Riverside Park; 3 to 4 mile walks on rough trails Acquired: 1914
Riverside Walk All Year
Riverside Walk Winter Loop
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Located in Newton and Weston
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Connects to: Riverside Greenway (Proposed)
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Riverside Recreation Grounds developed by Charles Wells Hubbard. Known as “The Rec,” it included 40 acres of riverfront with sports fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a boathouse.
Hubbard gave The Rec to the Metropolitan Park Commission, the predecessor to DCR.
The golf course, designed by noted course architect Donald Ross, opened for play.
The Rec closed, and the buildings burned.
Rebuilt Pony Truss pedestrian bridge opened in Riverside Park
Pony Truss Trail reconstructed along the Newton side of the Charles DCR proposed construction of a trail system along the edge of the golf course
Accessible Trails, Boat Launch, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 42026 0003 and other parcels in Newton and Weston
State poised to take over Weston Ski Track (Boston Globe, 9/24/15)
Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing
Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course offers a snack bar, pro shop, and instructional services.
Trail and Development Proposals:
Proposals to restore bridges and build trails along the Charles
Newsletter articles about these proposed trails
Reconstruction of a pedestrian bridge over the Charles in Newton Lower Falls
Proposed development of the Riverside MBTA Station
Improvements to pedestrian bridges and trails in Riverside Park
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