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Leo J. Martin Golf Course and Riverside Park

Overview

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    

Longer Walks that include this property:
Riverside Walk All Year
Riverside Walk Winter Loop

Maps

 

Located in Newton and Weston

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

Connects to:
Riverside Greenway (Proposed)

Trail Map


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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Owner & Administrator Websites


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History

Early 1900s

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.

1914

Hubbard gave The Rec to the Metropolitan Park Commission, the predecessor to DCR.

1930

The golf course, designed by noted course architect Donald Ross, opened for play.

1958-59

The Rec closed, and the buildings burned.

2013

Rebuilt Pony Truss pedestrian bridge opened in Riverside Park

2020

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

Features

Boat Launch, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 42026 0003 and other parcels in Newton and Weston

Skiing:

Weston Ski Track
State poised to take over Weston Ski Track (Boston Globe, 9/24/15)
Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing

Golf:

Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course offers a snack bar, pro shop, and instructional services.

Golflink.com

Trail and Development Proposals:

Proposals to restore bridges and build trails along the Charles

Two Bridges Trail proposal

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