Newton's Conservation Commission owns 20 parcels of land totaling over 280 acres, preserved for its passive recreation and ecological value. These areas are maintained in their natural state for the preservation of native plant and animal species, and for passive recreation by visitors. Newton’s Conservation lands provide many values, including:
This link here will provide you with a list of Newton's Conservation parcels (with a description and map provided for each). For those who would like a more extensive overview of 'Open Space' operations in Newton, please view this informative brochure.
Open Space and Recreation Plan
Conservation priorities, along with recreation priorities, are described in detail in Newton's Open Space and Recreation Plan (2014-2020).
The City of Newton invites you to participate in the first public meeting for the update of the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)!
The OSRP is an important municipal planning document. It provides an inventory of all existing areas of recreational use and open space (City owned and privately owned) and a list of goals and priorities for municipal actions regarding land acquisitions, recreational facility and open space improvements, and accessibility improvements. Each OSRP must be reviewed and approved by the state Department of Conservation Services, a part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and is valid for 7 years once approved
With the help of the Conway School for Landscape Design, Newton is updating its current OSRP; the update must be concluded by May of 2020.
To receive alerts about the OSRP update, please use the button below.
As part of the update process there will be several opportunities for robust community engagement.
Explore the beauty and wonder of these areas. Passive activities such as walking, jogging, and photography are encouraged. Walking with leashed dogs is allowed as long as pet waste is carried out. Picnicking (without a trace) is allowed. Please adhere to our policy of carry in - carry out. We particularly encourage children to get out and explore their natural surroundings, learn about nature’s systems, and understand how we all need to be stewards of these precious resources.
Guidance and Rules: Dogs on Conservation Lands. Adopted April 3, 2014
The rules (below) were established based on the following. Please see our available brochure for further details.
Newton Conservation Areas have been protected to safeguard plant and wildlife habitat and encourage nature observation and learning. The Newton Conservation Commission permits dog walking in its Conservation Areas, however requires that dog walkers adhere to the following rules.
Dogs off-leash, fires, cutting vegetation, digging, and other land disturbing activities are not allowed. Violators may be fined. Click here for a full listing of Newton's Conservation Land Use Regulations
The Conservation Commission is fortunate to have several sources of assistance in its land management efforts (see the list below). If you would like to report something or become a volunteer steward, click here. If you simply wish to become informed on recent or pending land management projects of Newton's Conservation parcels, please click here.