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Protected Parcels

Inventory of protected open space parcels in Waltham.

These parcels are listed in order by value.


Parcel Name Acres Evaluation Criteria (more info) Total Score Risk Level
E* G H/C R/E C*
Prospect Hill Park 252 3 3 3 3 3 21 *
Beaver Brook North Reservation (DCR) 155** 3 3 3 3 3 21 *
Shady's Pond Conservation Area 34 3 2 3 3 3 20 *
Sanderson Heights, Lincoln St 26 3 2 2 3 3 19 *
Historic Beaver Brook Reservation (DCR) 43 *** 2 2 3 3 3 18 *
Jericho Hill Summit 6 2 3 2 3 3 18 *
Storer Conservation Area (Paine Estate) 108 2 1 3 3 3 17 *
Chester Brook Woods 26 3 1 1 3 3 17 *
Mackerel Hill Municipal Site 7 2 1 3 3 3 17 *
Bow Street (Waltham portion of Lot 1) 6 2 1 3 3 3 17 *
Waltham Woods 12 2 1 3 2 3 16 *
Forest Grove Park (DCR) 5 2 1 2 3 3 16 *
Cambridge Reservoir Woods 75 3 1 3 1 2 15 *
Smith Street Wetlands 16 3 1 1 1 3 15 *
Wellington Crossing Conservation Strip 9 1 1 3 2 3 14 *
Edgewater Drive 4 2 1 1 2 3 14 *
Waltham Common 7 1 1 3 3 1 11 *
* - This criterion is doubled to calculate the total score.
** - Beaver Brook North Reservation has 254 acres total, with 155 acres in Waltham, 66 acres in Lexington, and 33 acres in Belmont.
*** - Historic Beaver Brook Reservation has 59 acres total, with 43 acres in Waltham and 16 acres in Belmont.

Key to Evaluation Criteria:

  • E - Ecological Characteristics
  • G - Geologic Features
  • H/C - Historic and Cultural Significance
  • R/E - Recreational and Educational Significance
  • C - Connectivity

For a complete description of the evaluation criteria and the computation of the Total Score, see Open Space Evaluation Criteria.


Key to Risk Level:

*** At Risk
** Potentially Threatened
* Relatively Protected

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