Chestnut Hill Reservation

Resource Management Plan

Beacon Street at Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (Brighton) Division of Urban Parks and Recreation South Region

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.

Chestnut Hill Reservation

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
Kevin Hollenbeck
(617) 333-7405
kevin.hollenbeck@state.ma.us