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  Norumbega Park Conservation Area

LOCATION: Auburndale

 
 

Newton Conservators trail map   (Buy a copy of our trail guide)

Location 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   USGS

Connects to: Auburndale Park via a short walk on Commonwealth Avenue or Islington Road

SIZE: 13 acres

LONGEST WALK: 1 mile (a longer walk that includes this park)

ACQUIRED: 1976

ADMINISTERED BY: Conservation Commission

FEATURES:

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.

HISTORY:

1897 Part of Norumbega 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. Old photo of canoeists
1963 Norumbega Park closed.  
1976 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.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Charles River Canoe and Kayak offers rentals from a site near this park.

Norumbega Park bandstandThe 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:

Canoeing on the Charles

Romance & Recreation by the River, by Robert Pollock

Wikipedia

An AMC book, Exploring the Hidden Charles, gives information about canoing the Charles River.

The Charles 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.

Photo gallery

Norumbega Park Then and Now

Canoeing on the Charles in 1904

Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes

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