Open Space

I support the Community Preservation Act as a means of acquiring funds to purchase open space as it becomes available.

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As a Member of the Aldermanic Committee on Community Preservation, I have supported the purchase of parcels at the following locations to expand existing open space and make it more functional or to add totally new open space:

  • Crystal Lake (two parcels)

  • Angino Farm

  • Forte Land next to Dolan Pond Conservation Area

  • Kessler Woods (part)

As Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee, I have strongly advocated for enough resources to enable the Conservation Commission to properly manage its properties.

I supported the updating of the city’s Open Space Plan to provide access to state funding.

I supported the transfer of DPW land near Rumford Avenue and the Charles River for Open  Space and Recreation use.

I support opening up existing city sites like the City Hall ponds and Bullough’s Pond to easier public view.  I support marking brooks and streams that cross public ways with signs and cutting back excessive vegetation to make them more visible.

I am on the Advisory Board of the Newton Conservators.

I am the President of the Friends of Hemlock Gorge.


Topic Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Brian E. Yates
Councilor At Large
Ward 5

1094 Chestnut St.
Newton, MA 02464

My campaign for re-election in 2017 is now underway. Please look through this website for information on my qualifications, viewpoints, and accomplishments.


Brian E. Yates Councilor At Large