In 1880 John Farlow, a successful railroad businessman, donated a parcel of land to the City of Newton for the purposes of creating Newton’s first open space for recreation and relaxation. In 1883 architect George Frederic Meacham (the designer of Boston Public Gardens) laid out the original design for Farlow Park. His work was incorporated in the final design by Albert Noyes, completed in 1888. The focal point for the park was a lovely pond and handsome Adirondack style bridge. However, in the 1950’s, the water was drained from the pond and the deteriorating bridge removed. Since 2004 the Friends of Farlow Park have advocated for the return of the historic bridge and pond. This exhibit documents the history of the park and this restoration project. Our “Newton Salutes!” exhibits celebrate community organizations and change every four months. For information about how your organization can participate, call Melissa Westlake at 617.796.1450.