Resource Management Plan
Chestnut Hill Reservation
Beacon Street at Commonwealth Avenue,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
The Chestnut Hill Reservation occupies about 120 acres in the Allston
/ Brighton section of Boston, abutting both Newton and Brookline.
Developed in the late nineteenth century as part of Boston’s
water supply system, the Reservation includes the approximately
85-acre Chestnut Hill Reservoir (no longer used for public drinking
water) and surrounding public lands. Most management responsibilities
for the property were transferred from the Massachusetts Water Resources
Authority (MWRA) to the Department of Conservation and Recreation
(DCR) in 2002.
In addition to its association with the metropolitan water supply
system, the Chestnut Hill Reservation has a long history as a recreational
resource, attracting visitors with its park-like landscape –
which included a carriage drive and extensive plantings – from its inception. Current recreational uses include passive activities
like walking and jogging as well as active pursuits at the Reilly
Memorial Rink and Pool near Cleveland Circle. The landscape at the
Reservation ranges from a steep, heavily planted slope along Chestnut
Hill Driveway to open spaces along Beacon Street, and includes walking
paths and an overlook on its northern perimeter. Click here for
more on the history
of the Chestnut Hill Reservation.
Completion of Resource Management Plan
The Chestnut Hill Reservation Resource Management Plan (RMP) was completed and formally adopted by the DCR Stewardship Council on November 30, 2006. The text and maps of the RMP can be downloaded from links provided in the column at the right. The final public meeting regarding the RMP was held on February 13, 2007 DCR is now in the process of implementing priority recommendations of the RMP. News and announcements regarding RMP implementation are listed in the column to the right, as well as on the Chestnut Hill Reservation web page.
For further information about ongoing management and maintenance of the reservation, as well as RMP implementation, please contact:
DCR Urban Parks West District Manager