Newton Park and Conservation Lands
||Chestnut Hill Reservation
LOCATION: Newton, Brookline, and Boston
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
Location and driving directions on Google Maps
MBTA: A 0.3 mile walk from Reservoir Green Line station
Other maps and aerial
SIZE: 120 acres including 88-acre reservoir and surrounding parkland
LONGEST WALK: 1.5 miles
ADMINISTERED BY: DCR and MWRA
A popular 1.5-mile circular path with
pleasant vistas of Back Bay skyscrapers, the
Reservation was designed by Frederick Law
Olmsted’s son and constructed in the late 1860s to
give Boston clean drinking water and a rural park.
Still largely intact, the waterworks with its three
gatehouses at water’s edge and three majestic
pump houses on Beacon Street is considered a
masterpiece of 19th century engineering and
landscape design. Both Cochituate and Sudbury
Aqueducts are still connected to the Reservoir,
but the system has been disabled.
Today the paths around the Reservoir and
through the woods are open for public use,
where local birders have found good vantage
points for the somewhat frequent viewing of
rarities in migration. The DCR recreation center
offers seasonal swimming and ice skating.
||Reservoir built consisting of two large
basins separated by causeway (now
Chestnut Hill Road).
||Pumping stations constructed
||Upper basin filled in and land sold to Boston College to be athletic fields
||Lower basin and pumping stations taken off line
||Several old pumping buildings converted to condominium residences as part of the Waterworks development
||Waterworks Museum opens in the former High Service Pump Station building.
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum: Big Buildings, Big Machines, Big Stories (an 11-minute video by Ellie Goldberg and Laura McCarthy Johnson in association with NewTV)
Brighton Allston Historical Society
Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool
Reilly Memorial Skating Rink
The Waterworks Museum