Waban Hill Reservior meeting Sept. 22

Public Meeting #3 for the Waban Hill Reservoir Master Plan project is confirmed for Thursday September 227-9 pm at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Corner.

Newton Conservators spring events in Chestnut Hill

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Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am
Walk Around the Waban Hill Reservoir
Reservoir Drive and Woodlawn Drive intersection
Come take a short walk around the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest open space, purchased this past spring using Community Preservation Act funds. Once a backup reservoir to the state’s water supply system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) deemed it unnecessary and disconnected it prior to the sale. This 5-acre parcel in Chestnut Hill now falls under the jurisdiction of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department while the Newton Conservators hold its conservation restriction, ensuring it remains a passive park in perpetuity. The reservoir’s dam is steep but its water is entirely fenced for public safety and the pedestrian entry on Manet Road is accessible, leading to a level 1/4 miles walk on grass. Leader is Carol Schein, City of Newton’s Open Space Coordinator (617-796-1507).
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Webster Woods Walk
Meet at the end of Warren Street
Come and hopefully see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids during a 90 minute walk through the Newton Webster Conservation area, including the Vale and Bare Pond. Leader: BU Professor of Plant Ecology and life-long Newton resident Richard Primack (617-332-1684).
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Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Garden/Webster Invasives Pull
Meet opposite 210 Suffolk Road
We are tackling garlic mustard and black swallow-wort near the entrance of Houghton Garden where it borders the T Track crossing to Webster Woods and near the deer park. Help us keep these invatders out of Houghton Garden! Leader is Katherin Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).
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Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Houghton Garden Fern Walk
Meet at the intersection of Suffolk Road and Woodman Road
This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now owned by Newton. The garden, lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plans and a surprising diversity of ferns. We will see more than a dozen fern species and one club-moss. Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)

The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, November 21st

You are invited to….
The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
with Mayor Warren
Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM

Waban Hill Reservoir News

The CHA is happy to report that the request to purchase the Waban Hill Reservoir has passed the Community Preservation Committee, the Program and Services Committee and the Finance Committee. The last and final hurdle is before the Board of Alderman.

If you are interested in preserving this open space for Chestnut Hill and all of Newton residents to enjoy please make every effort to attend Monday night, March 16th, 7:00 pm at Newton City Hall.

For more information on the plans for the site and the history of this project, visit the Community Preservation Program on the City of Newton website.

Waban Hill Reservoir News

A Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in City Hall Room 209 to discuss the use of Newton Community Preservation funds for the purchase and improvements to the Waban Hill Reservoir for $ 1,073,446.  The Waban Hill Reservoir is a 5 acre site at the top of Heartbreak Hill, directly adjacent to Commonwealth Ave. This central location affords the opportunity to become a city wide destination and will benefit the village of Chestnut Hill and all the residents of Newton.  Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.  In person comments will be limited to 3 minutes.  If you are interested in having the City of Newton purchase and preserve this important parcel of land in our neighborhood for passive recreational use please attend and show your support.  For more information: The proposal is online from Proposals & Projects on the program website,www.newtonma.gov/cpaThe direct address of the proposal’s webpage is:

Update on Waban Hill Reservoir Project

At their recent hearing on May 19, the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the Waban Hill Reservoir project.  This P&R Commission support is necessary for the proposal to move forward to a public hearing and then to a vote of the Board of Alderman.  It was a standing room crowd at the hearing.
What’s next? On June 17th, there will be a public hearing seeking public comments on the project. Stay tuned for more details.