Newton Park and Conservation Lands
LOCATION: Newton Center
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrance at:
Bullough Park Road
MBTA: Route 59 Directions from Green Line
Other maps and aerial
photos: Newton Assessor Bing
Nearby: Newton Cemetery
LONGEST WALK: 0.6 miles
Pond - Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Park - Parks and Recreation
Walk around the lake, or sit on a bench and
watch the ducks. A dredging completed in 1992 was intended
to slow down the eutrophication
process that's common in shallow, man-made ponds, especially those
in highly developed areas.
||John Spring built a dam for a
grist mill on Smelt Brook (now Laundry Brook), creating the mill pond.
||Pond was briefly renamed Silver
Lake and used for harvesting ice, stored in an icehouse on the
riverbank and delivered to Newton homes in summer.
for residential development, including construction of roads along the north and east shores. Dam was replaced with concrete.
paid for by $260,000 in state funding.
||Publication of Reflections in Bullough's
Pond by Diana Muir, a commentary on
how the pond, like much of New England,
has been fashioned by humans. The Boston Globe called it "an extraordinary book, a combination of polemic and all-encompassing scholarship."
ADVOCATES & CARETAKERS:
A Deep History: Bullough's Pond, by Allison Carter (Newton Patch)
Fair to mark 350 years at Bullough's Pond (Newton Tab)
King's Handbook of Newton (1889)
"On a dreamy day of Indian summer, one can hardly choose a lovelier rambling-ground than these voiceless solitudes about Bullough's Pond, amid the scarlet glories of the barberries and sumachs, the vivid gold of the witch hazel, the pyrola's pale green, the wild cherry's orange and crimson, the oak's sprays of fiery glow, the deep green of the bittersweet, the sombre shadows of the evergreens."
1990 study of restoring the pond
A scene in the 2008 movie The Women was filmed at Bullough's Pond.
Fall at Bullough's Pond (detail), by Mary Beth Maisel