Recreation & Open Space Plan Update

The link to the City of Newton's Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) 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

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.

Please find the revised plan submitted to the Department of Conservation Services, after receiving their initial comments, for their final review below!

Click here for the City of Newton 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan (September 2020)

Newton 2020-2027 OSRP - Individual Sections

Table of Contents


Section 1: Plan Summary

Section 2: Introduction

Section 3: Community Setting

Section 4: Environmental Inventory and Analysis

Section 5: Inventory of Lands

Section 6: Community Vision

Section 7: Analysis of Needs

Section 8: Goals and Objectives

Section 9: Seven Year Action Plan

Section 10: Public Comment

Section 11: References

Appendix A 

Appendix B

Current Parks, Recreation and Culture ADA Facility Inventory - Detailed

DRAFT Updated Parks, Recreation and Culture ADA Facility Inventory - as part of Action 61 in the City of Newton Open Space and Recreation Plan, this document will be updated over the next few years to fully evaluate all PRC parcels for their accessibility.


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. 

OSRP Presentation - 5/7/20 Zoning and Planning Committee/Planning and Development Board

Past Opportunities

On-line community survey, will allow everyone an opportunity to provide insights and personal priorities regarding open space and recreation. 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 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.

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

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