Name Change Announcement: Heartbreak Hill Park at Waban Hill Reservoir

We are excited to announce that the City of Newton Parks and Recreation Commission approved a new name for the Waban Hill Reservoir site. 

The site will now be known as Heartbreak Hill Park at Waban Hill Reservoir. This name has the benefit of being both a locator for the site (top of Heartbreak Hill in Newton) as well as retaining the historical name of the Waban Hill Reservoir.

The new name will offer expanded opportunities for fundraising as well as community events. 

We encourage everyone to use the site and watch the continued improvement over the coming months.

Public Meetings to Develop a Master Plan for the Waban Hill Reservoir site

Over the next few months, the Department of Parks and Recreation and their consultants, from Spurr, Weston & Sampson’s design studio, will be holding a series of three (3) public meetings in order to develop a Master Plan for the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest public park. The final Master Plan will be used as a blueprint for future, phased improvements to the site.

Public Meeting #1 will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. in room 205 in Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre 02459. The designers will present their assessment of the existing site and receive public comment.

Public Meeting #2 will be held Thursday, June 23 from 7-9 p.m. at Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Corner 02458. Design alternatives will be presented and public comment received.

Public Meeting #3 will be held late September (date, time and location to be announced). The preferred concept plan will be presented and public comment received.

Should you have any questions, call the Recreation Office at 617-796-1510 or e-mail Robin McLaughlin, Commission Secretary, at parks@newtonma.gov. 

Return of Waban Hill Reservoir

Return of Waban Hill Reservoir

By Jonathan Dame
jdame@wickedlocal.com

The city once again owns the Waban Hill Reservoir — and members of the public can finally, and legally, stroll its perimeter and enjoy its open space.

Despite its name, the reservoir is actually in Chestnut Hill, a stone’s throw from Boston College. The city recently purchased the land from the Massachusetts Water Resources Agency (MWRA).

“This is a piece of land that used to be the city’s – and has now come home,” Ward 7 Alderman Lisle Baker said at a celebration Saturday morning, as behind him children tumbled down the steep hill that borders the body of water on one side.  Continue

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