|Stony Brook Reservation|
|Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston|
Small Pond within Stony Brook Reservation
|Location||12 Brainard Street,
(DCR district headquarters)
|Area||475 acres (192 ha) |
|Management||Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation|
Stony Brook Reservation is a 475-acre (1.92 km2) 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 (0.057 km2) 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.
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