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A flock of buffleheads visits the lake in late winter...
...and are joined by some hooded mergansers a few days later.
A good day's "catch"    
    Turtles catch some rays on a fall day
The lake after one of the driest summers ever   The same view in fall 2006
The Crystal Lake Conservancy held a "Paddles and Petals" event in June.

When the City of Newton acquired two parcels adjacent to the Crystal Lake bathhouse, it resold the house at 230 Lake Avenue to a private owner. However, the city retained the rights to a lakeside path from the Crystal Lake beach to the existing parkland at Levingston Cove. The Conservators holds a conservation restriction on this pathway.

The entrance to the pathway is between the two boulders.    
The Crystal Lake Conservancy sponsored a Paddles & Pumpkins event on September 28th.
The last day of swimming...   ...and a few days later.
A very tame egret visits the lake
    "At this time the water and the docks will be closed for a 15-minute safety break."
    A storm drain near the lake
Crystal Lake was closed to swimming in late July due to blue-green algae    
A flock of hooded mergansers visits just before the lake ices over.
The last day of the swimming season    
Catch and release    
230 Lake Avenue   The newly-acquired shoreline
A heron visits Crystal Lake    
    New parkland at 20 Rogers Street
A 180-degree panoramic view of the newly acquired land
The stone wall separating the beach from the newly acquired property has been stabilized and reduced in height.
    20 Rogers Street
Work begins to stabilize the stone wall separating the beach from the newly acquired property
The future use of the newly acquired land and building remains to be determined



Photos by DB

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