Stony Brook Reservation
|Stony Brook Reservation|
|Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston|
Small pond within Stony Brook Reservation
|Location||12 Brainard Street, Hyde Park
(DCR district headquarters)
|- elevation||148 ft (45 m) |
|Area||616 acres (249 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: Stony Brook Reservation|
Stony Brook Reservation is a 475-acre (192 ha) woodland park in Boston and Dedham, Massachusetts, a unit of the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston, part of the state park system of Massachusetts. Located in the southwest of Boston, it extends from the West Roxbury neighborhood into the Hyde Park neighborhood, and includes 14.2 acres (5.7 ha) in the town of Dedham. It was established in 1894 as one of the five original reservations created by the Metropolitan Park Commission. Elevations in the park range from Mother Brook at 15 feet (4.6 m) to Bellevue Hill, at 338 feet (103 m) the highest point in the city of Boston. Recreational facilities at the park include fishing at Turtle Pond, athletic fields, tennis courts, an ice skating rink, and a swimming pool. The park is served by the Stony Brook Reservation Parkways, a road system that was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and features several hiking and mountain biking trails.
Stony Brook Reservation contains the headwaters of Stony Brook.
The use of parcels of undeveloped land around Boston for a system of interconnected parks were conceived by landscape architect Charles Eliot, who had apprenticed with Frederick Law Olmsted and later assumed leadership of Olmsted's design firm in 1893. Eliot was instrumental in the founding of The Trustees of Reservations and the public Metropolitan Parks Commission in the 1890s and envisioned an expansion of the parks network to areas surrounding Boston. The first five areas acquired by the Metropolitan Park Commission for this system in 1893 were the Beaver Brook, Blue Hills, Hemlock Gorge, Middlesex Fells and Stony Brook Reservations.
- "Stony Brook Reservation". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing". Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Stony Brook Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
- "Resource Management Plan: DCR’s Stony Brook Reservation". Boston: Department of Conservation and Recreation. August 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
- Eliot, Charles William (1902). Charles Eliot, landscape architect. Cambridge, MA: Houghton, Mifflin. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
- Massachusetts Metropolitan Park Commission (1917). Report of the Board of Metropolitan Park Commissioners. Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
- Stony Brook Reservation Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Stony Brook Reservation Trail Map Department of Conservation and Recreation