Ordway Park Fund
Please Help Insure Ordway Park's Future
bit of natural woodland is Newton's only independent small neighborhood
park. Its extensive array of trees and shrub species include American
chestnut, American beech, dogwood, hemlock, hickory, maple, oak,
pine, spruce, yellowwood, andromeda, azalea, box, euonymus, rhododendron,
spirea, and yew. It is owned and maintained by the Newton Conservators.
Please consider making a donation to the Ordway Park Fund.
The Ordway Park Fund
The goal of the Ordway Park Fund is to create
a fund of $50,000 in endowment, the interest from which will be
used exclusively for the maintenance and improvement of Ordway Park.
The Ordway Park Fund can also offer a number
of "naming opportunities" for non-endowment donations
made specifically for improvements such as benches, birdbaths,
entrance markers, and understory trees.
Donations may be made by check or by transfer
of securities. Checks should be made out to
The Newton Conservators (The Ordway
and mailed to
The Newton Conservators
PO Box 590011
Newton Centre, MA 02459
The Newton Conservators is a registered non-profit
organizaiton and all donations to it as the administrator of the
Ordway Park Fund are tax deductible.
Ordway Park Renewal
The Newton Conservators, a non-profit organization,
has for decades worked successfully to preserve several hundred
acres of open space in Newton. One of these open spaces, owned and
maintained by the Conservators, is Ordway
Park in Newton Centre, located at the corner of Grant Avenue
and Everett Street.
Originally part of the woodland garden of the
Ordway family home at 111 Gibbs Street, Ordway Park's half-acre
hillside was crossed by narrow winding paths and planted with a
variety of trees and shrubs, many chosen for their attraction for
birds and butterflies. Since 1971, when it was left to the Newton
Conservators in the will of Priscilla Ordway, the Park was maintained
by volunteers. In 1997 the Directors of the Conservators hired a
professional arborist to prune the trees and remove those that had
become hazards. More recently a general plan for the maintenance
of the Park has been adopted and a landscaper engaged to maintain
simple paths and control the intrusion of maple saplings. The Conservators
Board has formally asked the city to install a curbing to stop the
erosion along Grant Avenue.
Board of Directors of the Conservators voted to establish an Ordway
Park Fund to permanently endow ongoing maintenance and improvement.
As a result of neighborhood enthusiasm, several
steps have been completed. A map identifying major trees in the
Park has been created. Soil tests and a survey of current use of
the Park have been completed. A landscape architect has provided
an analysis of present conditions and guidelines for improvement
of the Park, such as improved signage, entrance markers, possible
benches, better delineation of the edges of the Park, and the introduction
of understory flowering shrubs and native groundcover.
A neighborhood meeting
was held in 2003 to discuss the future of Ordway Park.