CPA Proposals & Projects

Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas



    300 Hammond Pond Parkway (Rear) / Webster Woods

    Off Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA Newton Centre, MA 02467; north of state Dept. of Conservation & Recreation Hammond Pond Reservation, abutting City of Newton Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas accessed from Warren & Elgin Streets, Newton Centre, MA 02459 

    inset photo credit: Dan Brody, Newton Conservators

    other online resources:


    Protect the open space character of this property and ensure public access for passive recreation by acquiring approximately 17.4 acres of undeveloped, wooded land west of the existing building at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway.


     planning / pre-acquisition
     $100,000   CPA funds appropriated
     $5,000   City of Newton general fund budget contribution
     $15,740,000    CPA funds recommended, including authorization for $15 million of 30-year debt, plus direct financing for specific costs
     $200,000    community fundraising
     $15,940,000    total acquisition cost


    Proposal Review & Appropriations

    2018 - pre-acquisition professional services

    3 July 2018 - pre-proposal

    September 2018 - full proposal

    24 September 2018 - CPC funding recommendation

    15 October 2018 - City Council order (appropriation)

    2019 - acquisition

    7-25 October 2019 - full proposal (may load slowly)

    The full proposal includes the funding request and an appraisal summary, as well as:

    • photos and maps
    • brief site history
    • letters of support solicited by the proposal sponsor

    To see only the maps included in this proposal, click here or on the map below. (Maps may load slowly.)

    19 November 2019 - community letters received to date about this proposal, including maps of approximate address locations (This file may load slowly.)

    • Letters solicited by the proposal sponsor are included in the full proposal above.

    6 November 2019 - proposal sponsor presentation at CPC public hearing

    18 November 2019 - CPC funding recommendation

    2 December 2019 - City Council orders (for eminent domain acquisition, CPA funding, and acceptance of community donation)

    Project News

    August 2017 - appraisal of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway for the City of Newton

    March 2018 - Mayor's Advisory Panel for 300 Hammond Pond Parkway  

    24 December 2019 - notice & order of taking by eminent domain (recorded at South Middlesex Registry of Deeds)

    Project Background

    1650s-1970s - Webster & Cohen Conservation Areas land use & ownership timeline 

    1874-1953 - Hammond Pond Parkway area maps; see 1917 map (also displayed below) for land then owned by Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) prior to construction of the Parkway

    August 1954 - 300 Hammond Pond Parkway sold by MDC to Congregation Mishkan Tefila (deed, restriction)

    October-November 2015 - support for open space preservation at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway:

    May 2016 - 300 Hammond Pond Parkway sold by Congregation Mishkan Tefila to Boston College (deed) 

    July 2018 - map of trails on this parcel, from Newton's Geographic Information System

    Elgin Street Conservation Land 

    190 Elgin Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459


    Acquire as an addition to the Cohen Conservation Area 30,514 adjacent square feet in Newton Centre and expand existing conservation restriction to include the entire property.


     $245,000 CPA funds appropriated (open space)
     $242,541  CPA funds spent (unspent balance returned)


    Proposal Review & Appropriations

    29 October 2002 - proposal

    30 April 2002 - appraisal, commissioned by property owner

    14 January 2003 - original conservation restriction & deed (site plan on final 2 pages)

    3 February 2003 - revised proposal

    11 February 2003 - independent appraisal, commissioned by CPC (long document, may load slowly)

    13 May 2003 - site plans

    7 April 2003 - CPC funding recommendation

    7 April 2003 - Board order (appropriation)

    Project News

    19 December 2001 - original conservation restriction

    23 December 2004 - amended conservation restriction (S. Middlesex Registry of Deeds, book 44360, pages 422 and 413)

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