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Newton Park and Conservation Lands

  Waban Hill Reservoir  

 

 
 

LOCATION: Chestnut Hill (not in Waban)

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrance at:

Manet Road   

MBTA:   Directions from end of Green Line: B Train

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   

Nearby: Newton Commonwealth Golf Course

LONGEST WALK: 0.4 miles

SIZE: 5 acres

ACQUIRED: 2015

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Newton Parks and Recreation (Conservation restriction held by Newton Conservators)

FEATURES:

A former MWRA reservoir on a hill overlooking Boston College. The land is being developed as a City of Newton park.

HISTORY:

1875 City of Newton purchased the site and began construction of the reservoir.
1900 City sold the reservoir to the Boston Metropolitan Water Board (predecessor of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority--MWRA).
2013 The MWRA declared the reservoir to be surplus. The site was offered to the City of Newton for purchase at a price that did not reflect the development potential of the land, provided that the City would dedicate the land as open space.
2015 Acquired by City of Newton using CPA funds, subject to conservation restriction held by Newton Conservators
For photos and more details see this history of the reservoir prepared by the Waterworks Museum.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The Newton Community Preservation Program website has extensive information about the project.

Parks and Recreation Department head Robert DeRubeis described the project in the Conservators Spring 2015 Newsletter.

Newton Tab article: City takes back ownership of Waban Hill Reservoir (11/23/15)

Chestnut Hill Association

Panoramic view of the reservoir before conversion to parkland

 
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