Conservation Properties

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
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Lost Pond Sanctuary and Skyline Park

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
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Mary Hunnewell Fyffe Footbridge

Dramatic views of Charles River rapids contrast with peaceful, green riverbanks. Visitors can walk on a long, rebuilt Victorian-style bridge just above the fast flowing spillway, the falls, the millway,
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Millennium Park

You can enjoy Millennium Park on its own, or as part of a trail network leading (with a few gaps) all the way to Nahanton Park in Newton. The park
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Nahanton Park

The park includes riverfront, community garden plots, meadows, wooded hillsides, wild blackberry bushes, wetlands, a pond, and an open plateau overlooking the river valley. The park is used for walking,
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Newton Cemetery & Arboretum

Created in the 19th century naturalistic style pioneered by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown, Newton Cemetery is beautifully landscaped. Visitors are allowed to quietly view the grounds, but jogging, dog
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Newton Commonwealth Golf Course

This beautiful property was saved from mass development by a creative arrangement. Originally part of a private golf course, the land on its edges was sold for condos, funding the
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Newton Community Farm

Newton’s last farm was saved from development in 2004 when the Newton Board of Aldermen approved the proposal by the Newton Conservators to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to
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Norumbega Park

Trails wind through a meadow, steep pine and hemlock covered riverbanks, and wooded knoll opening to a scenic view of the Charles River. There are tagged, honorary trees and shrubs
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Oak Hill Pathway

A public access pathway from Ober Road goes over privately owned lands to the top of Oak Hill. Oak Hill is a drumlin with an elevation of 291 feet that
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Oakdale Woods

The Oakdale Woods are typical of the many small open space parcels in the southern part of the city that were developed after World War II. This small space has
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Ordway Park

This small park is a natural woodland garden. Its extensive array of tree and shrub species include American beech, dogwood, flowering quince, fringe-tree, mock orange, mountain ash, shad bush, viburnum,
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Riverside Greenway

This “in progress” section of the DCR Blue Heron Trail would run from Lyons Field on Commonwealth Avenue to Concord Street, passing through Riverside Park and the Leo J. Martin
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Sawmill Brook

Trail follows brook through wooded upland and wetland and by old stone fences. Walking, birding, nature study. Dramatic puddingstone outcroppings. Area connects to a much larger green corridor running through
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Upper Falls Greenway

Linear park on old railroad line connecting Newton Highlands with the Charles River. Spur path runs from middle of Greenway to Needham Street.
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Upper Falls Riverwalk

Formerly called the Charles River Pathway Conservation Area. Field with crabapple trees, wildflowers, and mowed path paralleling the Charles River. The Riverwalk leaves Conservation Commission land and continues on a
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Webster Woods and Hammond Pond

The largest conservation area in Newton is wooded, with noted rock outcroppings of Roxbury Puddingstone, brooks, ponds, wetlands, fields, and an historic woodland garden. The middle of the woods was
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Wilson Conservation Lands – Bracebridge Road

Woods and gardens above and adjacent to the Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts. Historic stone bridge that once crossed a stream connecting two small ponds, as shown on an 1895 map.
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