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 (Protected, Potentially Threatened, High Risk)

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
Notes about particular parcels:

‡ - 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.

Using the table:
  • To sort the table below, click on the column title.
  • The search box can be used to limit which parcels are displayed. You can search for a name of a property or a Risk assessment like "High Risk".

Parcel Name
Acres
Risk Level
Total
E
G
H/C
R/E
C
Berry Park20Lower Risk2032333
Cedar Hill Camp (Girl Scouts)75High Risk1931333
Lawrence Meadow (UMass)31High Risk1931333
Stearns Woodlot (Chesterbrook Gardens)7High Risk1932233
Met State Lawns (Lots 2,4,5)51.5Lower Risk1931333
Stigmatine Espousal Center40High Risk1823323
CPA Side of Fernald140Lower Risk2032333
Woods at Waltham High School15High Risk1731133
Waltham Oaks (640 Lexington)7High Risk1522123
Woods/Wetlands off Jones Rd20High Risk1221122
Woods on Roberts Road9High Risk1421213
UMass Field Station & Farm28High Risk1511333
Waltham Dump/ Cram's Cove11High Risk1321222
Woods on Forest Park Dr ‡4High Risk1122211
Sylvan Road Woods ‡10High Risk1011212
The Great Orchard (Balm Ave.)5High Risk1211213
Bear Hill20High Risk913111
Woods on Fir Ave ‡4High Risk911112
Hell's Mouth (Sibley Road Parcels)40High Risk2032333
Lyman Estate32Potentially Threatened2032333
Mount Feake Cemetery85Potentially Threatened2032333
Hardy Pond Conservation Area32Potentially Threatened1731332
Brandeis Riverfront15Potentially Threatened1831233
DCAMM Lot 3 [East of Falzone Park]5Potentially Threatened1831233
Woods behind NorthEast School23Potentially Threatened1722233
YMCA Chesterbrook Corridor5Potentially Threatened1831233
Woods on Marlborough Road4Potentially Threatened1531113
Hardy School Open Space ‡7Potentially Threatened1532122
Forest Streeet Park15Potentially Threatened1531113
South Street Wetlands/ Memorial Park ‡7Potentially Threatened1531132
Middlesex Hospital Settlement Land6Potentially Threatened1621233
Beaver Brook Wetlands12Potentially Threatened1431122
Mass Central Rail Trail corridor7Lower Risk1511333
Woods at Cedarwood Playground6Potentially Threatened1411233
Buffer at Windsor Village4Potentially Threatened1421123
Gore Estate19Potentially Threatened1321331
Square Pond Woods, Beaver Street ‡5Potentially Threatened1331112
Woods behind Resevoir Place12Potentially Threatened1222112
Dale Street Woods ‡5Potentially Threatened1211123
Woods behind MacArthur School13Potentially Threatened1121131
Woods along Weston Line10Potentially Threatened1131111
Woods at Nipper Maher Playground7.3Potentially Threatened911131
Veterans Field Greenspace ‡5Potentially Threatened911131
Grove Hill Cemetery9.4Potentially Threatened811211
Calvary Cemetery52Potentially Threatened811211
Prospect Hill Park252Lower Risk2133333
Beaver Brook North Reservation (DCR)◊155Lower Risk2133333
Charles River Reservation (est'd acreage)40Lower Risk2032333
Shady's Pond Conservation Area34Lower Risk2032333
Sanderson Heights, Lincoln St26.3Lower Risk1932233
Historic Beaver Brook Reservation (DCR)§43Lower Risk1822333
Jericho Hill Summit6Lower Risk1823233
Storer Conservation Area (Paine Estate)108Lower Risk1721333
Chester Brook Woods26Lower Risk1731133
Mackerel Hill Municipal Site7.3Lower Risk1721333
Bow Street (Waltham portion of Lot 1)6.4Lower Risk1721333
Waltham Woods12Lower Risk1621323
Forest Grove Park (DCR)5Lower Risk1621233
Cambridge Reservoir Woods75Lower Risk1531312
Smith Street Wetlands16Lower Risk1531113
Wellington Crossing Conservation Strip9Lower Risk1411323
Edgewater Drive4Lower Risk1421123
Arrigo Farm4Lower Risk1111331
Waltham Common7.4Lower Risk1111331
The Ridge16Developed1532122
Part of Jones Rd Woods (lost so far)13Developed1431122
Pigeon Hill Woods9Developed1121112