Newton Park and Conservation Lands
Norumbega Park Conservation Area
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:
Islington Road Woodbine Street
MBTA: A 0.5 mile walk from Auburndale commuter rail station
Other maps and aerial
photos: Newton Assessor Bing
Connects to: Auburndale Park via a short walk on Commonwealth Avenue or Islington Road
LONGEST WALK: 1 mile (a longer walk that includes this park)
ADMINISTERED BY: Conservation
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 in the meadow.
Park, a 27-acre, privately owned park situated at the end
of the streetcar line from Boston. The park originally had a
deer park, small zoo, popular canoeing facilities, amphitheater,
and later the famous Totem Pole Ballroom.
||Norumbega Park closed.
||Using state funds,
the City of Newton took by eminent domain the 13 acres of old
Norumbega Park that remained after the 1969 construction of
the Marriott Hotel on the western portion.
Boating in Boston was awarded the DCR contract for canoe and kayak rentals at the historic boathouse on the Charles, beginning in 2015.
River Canoe and Kayak has a paddling store at a site near this
park, and a rental location at the Moody Street Dam in Waltham.
The NorumbegaPark.com website has historic information and photos. A Boston Globe article talks about the creator of the website, and about the park.
From the Newton History
Museum at Jackson Homestead:
on the Charles
Romance & Recreation by the River, by Robert Pollock
King's Handbook of Newton (1899)
book, Exploring the Hidden
Charles, gives information about canoing the Charles River.
River is an out-of-print book, available from online sellers.
It also provides information about canoing
the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS
maps of the entire length of the Charles.
Norumbega Park Then and Now
Canoeing on the Charles in 1904
Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes