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 Golf Course. Several informal trails already exist along this route. Connections to the trail systems in Weston and Waltham are also being studied.

The Riverside Greenway Working Group is pulling together Newton residents, state agencies, and non-profit groups to develop this trail system.

Two articles in the Conservators Newsletter have described the progress of the project:


Longest Walk: 1.2 miles    

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



Other maps and aerial photos:

Bing Maps bird’s-eye photo

Get here by MBTA: The Greenway is adjacent to the Riverside terminal of the Green Line, but a chain link fence now prevents direct access. Plans for redevelopment of the station parking lot include providing access to the trail system along the river.

Will connect to:

Leo J. Martin Golf Course and Riverside Park

Auburndale Park (once a way is found to get past the MBTA tracks and the Mass Turnpike)


Trail Map

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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Photo Gallery

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An old railroad bridge was rebuilt as the Lower Falls Pedestrian bridge, and connecting trails constructed, creating a trail from Washington Street in Newton Lower Falls north to Concord Street.  A trail was built on the Wellesley side of the Charles River extending to the edge of the Leo J. Martin Golf Course. The proposed Riverside Greenway is expected to connect to both of these trailheads.


The “Pony Truss Bridge,” an old pedestrian bridge across the Charles, was rebuilt.


Riverside Greenway Working Group formed to create trail connections in this area.  Newton Conservators is a member of the Working Group.


Newton City Council approves Community Preservation Act funding for design of a link in the Greenway. The Pony Truss Trail is rebuilt along the Charles from the Pony Truss Bridge to Route I-95.


Biking, Boat Launch, Charles River Walk, Scenic View, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Proposed Trail Improvements

Future links on the Blue Heron Trail

2014 update and photographs

2019: Panel discussion at the Newton Free Library

Herb Nolan’s slide show

Video of entire discussion

2020: DCR proposes creation of a multi-use trail system from Riverside to Quinobequin Road.