Heartbreak Hill Park at Waban Hill Reservoir
A former MWRA reservoir on a hill overlooking Boston College. The land is being developed as a City of Newton park.
Size: 5 acres Longest Walk: 0.4 miles Acquired: 2015
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Owner & Administrator Websites
Newton Conservators (conservation restriction holder)
Friends of Heartbreak Hill Park at Waban Hill Reservoir
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City of Newton purchased the site and began construction of the reservoir.
City sold the reservoir to the Boston Metropolitan Water Board (predecessor of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority–MWRA).
The MWRA declared the reservoir to be surplus. The site was offered to the City of Newton for purchase at a price that did not reflect the development potential of the land, provided that the City would dedicate the land as open space.
Acquired by City of Newton using CPA funds, subject to conservation restriction held by Newton Conservators
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 63007 0001
The Newton Community Preservation Program website has extensive information about the project.
Parks and Recreation Department head Robert DeRubeis described the project in the Conservators Spring 2015 Newsletter.
Newton Tab article: City takes back ownership of Waban Hill Reservoir (11/23/15)