Beaver Brook Reservation
|Beaver Brook Reservation|
|Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston|
|Elevation||92 ft (28 m) |
|Area||303 acres (123 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website: Beaver Brook Reservation|
Beaver Brook Reservation is a public recreation area managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, located in Belmont and Waltham, Massachusetts. The state park was the first reservation established by the Metropolitan Park Commission; it was created in 1893 to protect a stand of 22 ancient white oak trees known as the Waverly Oaks.
Points of interest
A portion of the reservation comprises land once owned by the landscape architect Robert Morris Copeland (1830-1874), whose 19th-century home sits within the park. Other points of historical interest include a monument to the Waverly Oaks (once defended from destruction by landscape architect Charles Eliot) and the remains of a 19th-century fulling mill.
Activities and amenities
In addition to a bike path, playing fields, woodlands, wetlands, a cascading waterfall, wading pool, and fishing opportunities, the reservation offers programs on wildlife and cultural history. Restrooms and a tot lot are also available.
- "Beaver Brook Reservation". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Beaver Brook Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- "Beaver Brook Historic Reservation" (PDF). Waltham Land Trust Guide to Open Spaces. Waltham Land Trust. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
- "Robert Morris Copeland". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
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Beaver Brook Reservation Department of Conservation and Recreation