Open Space Inventory

The Land Committee of the Waltham Land Trust conducted an inventory of all open space parcels of 4 acres or more in the city. For each parcel, the committee investigated three characteristics (for more information see Open Space Evaluation Criteria):

  • Size - The size in acres.
  • Value - A number that combines several factors to determine a value for each parcel.
  • Risk - A subjective assessment of the risk that a parcel might be developed.

The results of the inventory are presented as a searchable table below.

Key for Table:

  • E - Ecological
  • G - Geologic
  • H/C - Historical/Cultural
  • R/E - Recreational/Educational
  • C - Connectivity

‡ - The parcel needs to be re-evaluated due to recent changes.
◊ - 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.

Parcel Name
Risk Level
Berry Farm (Sam Park [was Polaroid])20Protected2032333
Cedar Hill Camp (Girl Scouts)75At Risk1931333
Lawrence Meadow (UMass)31At Risk1931333
Stearns Woodlot (Waltham Housing Auth)7At Risk1932233
Met State Lawns (Lots 2,4,5)‡51.5At Risk1831233
Stigmatine Espousal Center40At Risk1723223
Parts of Fernald State School35At Risk1622223
Woods at Waltham High School15At Risk1631123
Woods opposite Kennedy School7At Risk1622223
Woods/Wetlands off Jones Rd20At Risk1431122
Woods on Roberts Road9At Risk1421213
UMass Field Station28At Risk1311332
Waltham Dump/ Cram's Cove11At Risk1321222
Woods on Forest Park Dr4At Risk1122211
Sylvan Road Woods‡10At Risk1011212
Arrigo Pasture on Balm Ave. ‡5At Risk1011212
Bear Hill ‡20At Risk913111
Woods on Fir Ave ‡4At Risk911112
Brandeis - Sibley Road Parcels40Threatened2032333
Lyman Estate32Threatened1931333
Mount Feake Cemetery85Threatened1832332
proposed Hardy Pond Conservation Area22Threatened1731332
Brandeis Riverfront15Threatened1731133
Wetlands East of Falzone Park (Lot 3)5Threatened1731223
Woods behind NorthEast School23Threatened1622133
Woods and Wetlands at the YMCA5Threatened1631123
Woods on Marlborough Road4Threatened1631123
Hardy School Open Space7Threatened1532122
Forest Streeet Park15Threatened1531113
South Street Wetlands/ Memorial Park ‡7Threatened1531132
Former Olympus land behind the Fire Station6Threatened1521223
Beaver Brook Wetlands12Threatened1431122
Mass Central Rail Trail corridor6Threatened1421232
Woods at Cedarwood Playground6Threatened1411233
Buffer at Windsor Village4Threatened1421123
Gore Estate19Threatened1321331
Square Pond Woods, Beaver Street ‡5Threatened1331112
Woods behind Resevoir Place12Threatened1222112
Dale Street Woods ‡5Threatened1211123
Woods behind MacArthur School13Threatened1121131
Woods along Weston Line10Threatened1131111
Woods at Nipper Maher Playground7Threatened911131
Veterans Field Greenspace ‡5Threatened911131
Grove Hill Cemetery9.4Threatened811211
Calvary Cemetery52Threatened811211
Prospect Hill Park252Protected2133333
Beaver Brook North Reservation (DCR)◊155Protected2133333
Shady's Pond Conservation Area34Protected2032333
Sanderson Heights, Lincoln St26Protected1932233
Historic Beaver Brook Reservation (DCR)§43Protected1822333
Jericho Hill Summit6Protected1823233
Storer Conservation Area (Paine Estate)108Protected1721333
Chester Brook Woods26Protected1731133
Mackerel Hill Municipal Site7Protected1721333
Bow Street (Waltham portion of Lot 1)6Protected1721333
Waltham Woods12Protected1621323
Forest Grove Park (DCR)5Protected1621233
Cambridge Reservoir Woods75Protected1531312
Smith Street Wetlands16Protected1531113
Wellington Crossing Conservation Strip9Protected1411323
Edgewater Drive4Protected1421123
Waltham Common7Protected1111331
The Ridge16Developed1532122
Part of Jones Rd Woods (lost so far)13Developed1431122
Pigeon Hill Woods9Developed1121112