Recreation & Open Space Plan Update

The link to the City of Newton's Recreation and Open Space Plan is below. This Plan expresses our collective vision for the City’s open space and sets out priorities to enhance and protect our natural and recreational resources. An updated plan is also necessary to make the City eligible to apply for certain State funding programs. Questions related to the plan can be sent to Jennifer Steel, or (617) 796-1120.

Click here for the 2014-2020 Recreation and Open Space Plan

The City of Newton invites you to participate in the second 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.

As part of the update process there will be several opportunities for robust community engagement.

On-line community survey, will allow everyone an opportunity to provide insights and personal priorities regarding open space and recreation. Please click below to access the survey. This survey will be closing at the end of day February 18th, 2020.

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: or 617.796.1253. For City’s TTY/TDD: 617.796.1089. For TRS, dial 711.)

Meeting Agenda

  Synopsis of Public Meeting 1

  Photo Gallery

 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! 

  Public Meeting 2 - Presentation

 Public Comment Period. There will be an open public comment period on the draft that is presented to the Zoning and Planning Committee and the full City Council. This period will be from 4/30-5/14/20. During this time there will also be a public hearing held by the Zoning and Planning Committee, final date TBD. Please use  the sign-up box above to receive alerts and updates about the OSRP planning  process.

For the state's guidance on and requirements for updating Open Space and Recreation plans, use the following links:

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