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.
Please find the plan submitted to the state Department of Conservation Services for their review and approval below!
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
To receive alerts about the OSRP update, please use the button below.
On-line community survey will allow everyone an opportunity to provide insights and personal priorities regarding open space and recreation.
Public meeting #1. The first meeting will be an information gathering session, designed to help the Conway School for Landscape Design understand the priorities of the community and the challenges that Newton faces. The first public meeting will be on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the War Memorial* in Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. (*The War Memorial is wheelchair accessible. For ADA accommodations, contact Jini Fairley, at least two business days in advance: email@example.com or 617.796.1253. For City’s TTY/TDD: 617.796.1089. For TRS, dial 711.)
3. Public meeting #2. The second meeting was held on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Price Center*, 27 Christina Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA, 02461.This second meeting provided an opportunity for residents to provide feedback and comments on the work done so far in the update process. Please use the sign-up box above to receive alerts and updates about the OSRP planning process. Thanks to all those who came out to the second public meeting, it was a very informative evening!
4. Public Comment Period. There was an open public comment period on the 4/30/20 draft, that was presented to the Zoning and Planning Committee and the full City Council. This period opened on 4/30/20 and closed on 5/18/20 at 6pm.
5. City Council Process. The 4/30/20 draft of the 2020-2027 OSRP was presented to the Planning and Development Board on 5/4/20, and jointly, as a public hearing, to the Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board on 5/7/20 (presentation linked below). The OSRP was discussed again by both bodies on 5/19/20. The Planning and Development Board voted to issue a letter of review and support for the plan. The Zoning and Planning Committee broke the docket into three items and voted to review language for a letter of support and voted to hold the issue of adoption as amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and the details of the Implementation Committee. Further discussion have yet to be scheduled.
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.