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Waban Hill Reservoir

Guidebook Section: Other

Location

 

Overview

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

Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

First three photos shown here. Click a photo to view the complete slideshow or click here to browse the complete gallery.

History

1875

City of Newton purchased the site and began construction of the reservoir.

1900

City sold the reservoir to the Boston Metropolitan Water Board (predecessor of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority–MWRA).

2013

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.

2015

Acquired by City of Newton using CPA funds, subject to conservation restriction held by Newton Conservators

For photos and more details see this history of the reservoir prepared by the Waterworks Museum.

Features

Scenic View
 

Additional Information

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)

Chestnut Hill Association