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Public Document No. 48 



REPORT 



BOARD OF METROPOLITAN PARK 
COMMISSIONERS. 



January, 1908. 




BOSTON: 

WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 

18 Post Oppice Squabe. 

1908. 



Appbotbd bt 
Thb Statb Boabd of Publication. 



CONTENTS. 



PAQH 

List of Officers, . . . . ' 5 

Report of the Commissioners, 7 

Report of the Secretary, 20 

Report of the Landscape Architects, 45 

Report of the Engineer, 48 

Financial Statement, . . 78 



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OFFICERS 



OommisslonerB. 

WILLIAM B. DE LAS CASAS, Chairman. 

EDWIN U. CURTIS. DAVID N. SKILLINGS. 

ELLERTON P. WHITNEY. EVERETT C. BENTON. 

Landscape Architects. 

Advisory. 
OLMSTED BROTHERS. 

Engineer. 
JOHN R. RABLIN. 

Law and Claims. 
GEORGE LYMAN ROGERS. 

Secretary. 
JOHN WOODBURY. 

Offices, 14 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 



Qlomtminm^altl; of fiaaaart^ua^tta. 



REPOKT. 



The Metropolitan Park Commission presents herewith its 
fifteenth annual report. 

The work of the past year has proceeded along the same 
lines as in previous years. The reservations and parkways 
have been administered and cared for, and temporary or 
incidental improvements have been made out of the annual 
appropriation. provided for that purpose and included in the 
State tax for the year. Extensions of holdings and of perma- 
nent development and construction have been continued, and 
charged against appropriations made in 1903 as additions 
to Metropolitan Parks Loan and to Metropolitan Parks Loan, 
Series 11. 

The area of the reservations and parkways in the care of 
this Board remain substantially the same as at the time of 
its last report. The only important change is in the acquire- 
ment of the land known as Rufe's Hummock at Quincy 
Shore, which, although acquired as part of Furnace Brook 
Parkway, makes in effect an extension of Quincy Shore Res- 
ervation to Black's Creek. The number of claims arising 
out of all acquirements made up to the time of this report 
has been somewhat reduced, and the total value appears, from 
the awards and estimates made by the Board, to be, on Dec. 
1, 1907, $16,237.96 against the Parks Loan and $24,533.11 
against the Parks Loan, Series II. These claims are thought 
to be fully provided for by the sum reserved from present 
funds for that purpose. 



8 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jai. 

A large amount of construction work has been carried on 
during the past year. ' The more important is as follows : — 

The driveway along Lynn Shore has been completed from 
Red Rock westerly to Nahant Beach in similar form to the 
portion of the same Parkway previously completed from Red 
Rock easterly to the Soldiers' Monument in Swampscott Its 
connection with the Nahant Road now makes available to the 
public an oceanside park and driveway of nearly five miles 
in length, which may be justly regarded as the most superb 
of its kind in this country. A bridle path parallel to the 
NTahant Road has also been built. At Quincy Shore a con- 
nection from Atlantic has been constructed, and the drive- 
way along the shore has been practically completed as far as 
Rufe's Hummock. It will provide a greatly desired and at- 
tractive shore drive south of Boston along a portion of the 
coast hitherto difficult of access, and but little known to 
the people of the District generally. A portion of the pro- 
posed parkway between Middlesex Fells and Lynn Woods, 
to be called Lynn Fells Parkway, has been acquired from 
the Fells to Green Street in Melrose, and has been subgraded 
as far as Main Street, and surfaced and opened to the public 
as far as Tremont Street. Work on Mystic River has made 
substantial advance during the past year. Much of the 
dredging required by the State Board of Health to increase 
the storage capacity of the river has been completed ; a bridge 
under the southern division of the Boston & Maine Railroad 
has been built ; Auburn Street across the reservation has been 
surfaced and a part of the dam and lock and extra span to the 
bridge has been built. An extension of Fellsway West to 
provide a proper route for electric cars to Middlesex Fells 
has been begun. Other minor work has been done, the most 
important of which is the resurfacing of County Road at 
Nantasket, the rebuilding of a portion of Main Street in 
Stoneham and the building of a border road in Blue Hills 
between Randolph Avenue and Forest Street. Several woods 
roads in the Blue Hills and Middlesex Fells have been re- 
paired or resurfaced. Full details of all acquirements may 
be found in the reports of the Secretary and Engineer trans- 
mitted herewith. 



190^.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 9 

The funds for the acquirement and development of the 
Park System have been provided by loans combined and clas- 
sified as Metropolitan Parks Loan, Metropolitan Parks Loan, 
Series IL, and NTantasket Beach Loan. These loans are 
represented by forty-year bonds issued by the Commonwealth, 
to be repaid from sinking funds made up of annual payments 
by the cities and towns of the Metropolitan Parks District, 
except that one-half of Metropolitan Parks Loan, Series IL, 
is to be repaid from a sinking fund made up of annual pay- 
ments by the entire State. The annual payments to these 
sinking funds are made according to a table of percentages 
fixed by the Supreme Court upon report of a special Com- 
mission appointed for that purpose, and revised each five 
years by a new Commission appointed by it to review the 
matter. The interest and the portion of the sinking fund 
to be paid by the entire State, and the appropriation for care 
and maintenance for each year, are provided according to 
the same percentages by the State tax for the year. Details 
of the amount and condition of the loans and the appropria- 
tion for. care and maintenance on Dec. 1, 1907, are given in 
the Secretary's report. The condition of the loans may be 
briefly summarized here as follows : — 

Metropolitan Parks Loan : — 

Appropriations and receipts, f 8,963,334 01 

Expenditures, 8,597,047 01 

Balance in hands of State Treasurer, . . . f 366,287 00 

Metropolitan Parks Loan, Series IL : — 

Appropriations and receipts, f 5,1 14,907 41 

Expenditures, 4,641,459 86 

Balance in hands of State Treasurer, . . . $473,447 55 

Nantasket Beach Loan : — 

Appropriations and receipts, $705,881 50 

Expenditures, ........ 705,881 50 

The entire amount of these balances is required for the 
completion of work already entered upon. 

The Metropolitan Parks were begun in 1893, upon the 
adoption of a report made that year by a special Commission 



10 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

which had been appointed the previous year as a preliminary 
Metropolitan Park Commission. The plan accompanying 
the report of the preliminary Commission, although some- 
what modified by new circumstances and by the working out 
of details from year to year, has been adhered to with great 
fidelity, as constituting the plan for a Metropolitan Park 
System to the gradual accomplishment of which the Com- 
monwealth and the District had committed itself. The 
initial legislation was chapter 40Y of the Acts of 1893, which 
established the District and the Commission, and defined the 
latter's authority. This act and certain amendatory acts are 
known as the Park Acts, and the portions of the system re- 
ferred to as parks or reservations have been acquired and 
cared for under them. In 1894 it became apparent that cer- 
tain portions of the system would have more of the character 
of parkways or boulevards than parks or reservations, and 
would have to be administered somewhat differently; provi- 
sion was therefore made for acquiring and caring for them 
under a special act, chapter 288 of the Acts of 1894. This 
and certain amendatory acts have since been know^ as the 
Boulevard Acts. The acquirement and maintenance of Nan- 
tasket Beach was provided for by a special act, chapter 464 
of 1899, which differs from the Park Acts in that it appor- 
tions the cost of work done under it upon the Parks District 
with the town of Cohasset added, and creates a separate loan 
and sinking fund therefor. 

The first appropriation for the use of the Board was general 
in form, and left the expenditure to the discretion of the 
Board; and this policy has been generally followed in all 
subsequent appropriations. The purpose of all the appropria- 
tions has been well known, however, from the public hearings 
and debate by the Legislature, and the purpose thus expressed 
has been followed as closely as possible by the Board in its 
expenditures. 'No direct appeals or efforts to secure appro- 
priations have been made by the Board, but its reports have 
been confined to explaining the plan for the system and the 
extent to which it was being accomplished, and the advisa- 
bility of following the plan so that all acquirements and con- 
struction might be a gradual accomplishment of a complete 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 11 

and systematic park and boulevard development for the entire 
District. The appropriations almost without exception have 
been made upon petition and argument of such citizens as 
have been interested in urging the accomplishment of some 
particular portion of the system. The woods reservations, 
Blue Hills and Middlesex Fells were first acquired; then 
Revere Beach and the banks of the lower Charles Eiver; 
then West Eoxbury Parkway and Stony Brook Woods ; then 
Middlesex Fells Parkway, Mystic Valley Parkway and Blue 
Hills Parkway; and so on, until by far the larger part of 
lands for the entire system have now been secured. In a 
similar way appropriations from year to year have provided 
for enough development to meet present needs in the woods 
reservations, and more permanent development of the river 
and beach reservations and of the parkways and boulevards. 

In 1903 a careful review of the entire situation was made, 
and after an extended hearing and reports upon all petitions 
and bills before its committees the Legislature decided to 
provide for a gradual continuation of the work of completing 
the system. For that purpose appropriations for settlement 
of existing land claims and to provide for completing con- 
struction then under way were made as additions to the Parks 
Loan and to the Parks Loan, Series 11. , to become available 
to the amount of $300,000 each year under each of these 
loans for the ensuing four years. The period thus provided 
for has now elapsed, and with the completion of work now 
under way the Board will have expended the entire amount 
of the appropriation made in 1903. The result is apparent 
in the present condition of the Metropolitan Park System. 
The details of what has been done in each year are found in 
the report of the Board for the year, and are briefly sum- 
marized as follows : — 

In 1903 Mattapan Bridge and Wellington Bridge were 
completed. Revere Beach has since been completed to the 
Point of Pines ; Quincy Shore Driveway has been built to a 
width sufficient for the present needs from Moswetusset Hum- 
mock to Rufe's Hummock; and an approach has been built 
from Atlantic across land given in large part by Mrs. Hannah 
C Pope. The land necessary to complete ownership of 



12 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

King's Beach and Lynn Shore from the monument in Swamp- 
scott to the Nahant line has been acquired, including the 
superb Red Rock ; and a sea wall driveway and promenades 
have been built along the- entire distance. A beautiful and 
commodious bathhouse has been built close by the Nahant- 
Lynn line ; a new road has been built behind the bath-house, 
to provide for heavy traffic ; and the portion of the old Nahant 
road in front of the bath-house has been relocated and im- 
proved, to provide for a subway from the bath-house to the 
beach and to connect with Lynn Shore and the ISTahant Drive- 
way. Revere Beach Parkway has been completed from 
Revere Beach to Fellsway to the extent required for present 
needs. Land has been secured for a short parkway between 
Charles Eliot Circle, Revere Beach and the shore at Beach- 
mont. The changes in Pellsway to conform to the new Well- 
ington Bridge have been completed, and the change in Fells- 
way West to provide for an electric car track in Middlesex 
Fells is now under way. A portion of the Parkway from 
Middlesex Fells to Lynn Woods has been acquired, and its 
construction is partially completed. Blue Hills Parkway and 
its extension as Unquity Road has been constructed in a form 
suitable for the needs for many years, to come from Canton 
Avenue to Harland Street. Furnace Brook Parkway has 
been constructed from Adams Street to Blue Hills, providing 
a much-needed entrance to new roads at that end of the 
reservation. The historic Dorothy Q. estate has been ac- 
quired as an addition tQ the parkway lands, by the aid of a 
contribution from the Society of Colonial Dames; and the 
house has been transferred to that society, to be used, subject 
to regulation by this Board, as a public museum. Most of 
the land necessary for an extension of the same parkway 
along Black's Creek and Quincy Shore to an extension with 
the Quincy Shore Driveway has been acquired. Land for 
Neponset River Parkway from Paul's Bridge to Blue Hills 
has been acquired, in continuation of the proposed parkway 
extension of the Boston Park System from the Arboretum by 
West Roxbury Parkway and Stony Brook Reservation. One 
road of this parkway has been constructed from Paul's Bridge 
to Blue Hill Avenue, and a location granted for electric cars. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 13 

A public car station and a refectory have been built at the 
foot of Great Blue Hill. A path has been built around the 
top of the hill, and water carried to the top. A police station, 
with emergency room and other small buildings for adminis- 
tration purposes, has been built, and a police signal system es- 
tablished for the Blue Hills Division. Charles Kiver Eoad 
has been built in Watertown, and changes of line have been 
secured and contributions of land and money made to assist 
the town of Watertown in so relocating Galen Street and 
extending Mount Auburn Street and building a new stone 
bridge across the river as to accommodate both highway and 
park travel. Land has been secured by transfer VTithout cost 
from the United States Government for a continuation of 
Charles River Road along the river front of the Arsenal 
Grounds, and the subgrading of the road has been completed 
and the surfacing is provided for, and will be done when the 
river level is fixed by the completion of the dam at Craigie 
Bridge. The stables and administration buildings of the 
Speedway have been enlarged. On the upper river a new 
building has been provided for headquarters, police station, 
boat house and emergency room. A new dam has been built 
at Newton Lower Falls, and a new bridge and dams at 
Boylston Street, Newton Upper Falls. Substantial progress 
has been made in the work at Mystic River. Various circum- 
stances, however, have occurred to cause delay and some 
change in plans, and consequent additional expense. The 
plan at first contemplated merely the construction of a drive- 
way along the river bank and a dam or tide gate at some 
convenient point above Cradock Bridge, and estimates and 
reserve of funds were made accordingly. The fact that the 
cities of Cambridge and Somerville and the towns of Arling- 
ton and Belmont were planning to attempt the sanitation 
of Alewife Brook, a tributary of Mystic River, under special 
authority of the Legislature, suggested the possibility of a 
combination of work which would avoid conflict of .plans 
and duplication of expenses, and secure a comprehensive and 
consistent plan for the work of the entire region, and also 
provide land for the often-suggested parkway between Mystic 
Valley Parkway and Fresh Pond and Charles River. The 



14 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

result was a series of conferences and investigations, and the 
development of a seemingly perfect plan, which has been 
already so far sanctioned by the Legislature that authority 
has been given to the Board, upon approval of its plans by 
the cities and towns mentioned, to do the work necessary to 
the sanitation of Alewife Brook at the expense of the cities 
and towns to the amount of $125,000, which is the estimated 
cost above the land. The cities and towns are understood 
to be ready to approve these plans if the Board will secure 
the necessary land and enough more to provide a location 
for the proposed parkway. The delay in perfecting all these 
arrangements, and the draft upon the funds of the Board to 
meet the changed conditions of increased cost of labor and 
materials and the somewhat increased amount of work re- 
quired upon Mystic River have so far reduced the balance 
now available that it is feared that the land cannot be ac- 
quired unless $50,000 additional parkway funds are pro- 
vided ; and it seems certain that the surfacing of the driveway 
along Mystic River cannot be completed unless $25,000 more 
is provided as an addition to the Park Loan. The present 
opportunity is so favorable and the result to be obtained by 
present cooperation of the cities and towns is one of so much 
more value to the District than in the case of any merely 
parkway project that it is very much to be hoped that imme- 
diate action may be possible. The Board recommends that 
provision be made for both of these matters, as necessary for 
the completion of work already authorized and entered upon. 
For one other matter alone the Board asks appropriation 
at this time. The bath-house at Nantasket needs improve- 
ment in the laundry and an enlargement for which plans 
have been prepared, which will provide, with practically no 
increased cost for maintenance, the accommodations needed 
for the more crowded days of summer. The cost of the pro- 
posed improvement and enlargement is $15,000. The money 
for this reservation has always been provided by a special 
loan, the Nantasket Beach Loan. There has been no addition 
to this loan since 1901, and there has been no balance availa- 
ble under this loan for several years. The Board asks that 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 15 

$15,000, the cost of the desired improvement and enlarge- 
ment, be provided at this time. 

The care and maintenance of the reservations have pre- 
sented no serious new problems or matters calling for special 
comment except those relating to the repair and maintenance 
of the road surface of the parkways and of the roads through 
the reservations which are used by automobiles. Experiments 
with various methods of treating road surfaces have been 
made, and experience seems to be accumulating to an extent 
sufficient to show that tarvia is best for macadam surfaces, 
both as a preservative and as a dust layer, and that oil is 
best in some form or other as a preservative and dust layer 
for gravelled roads. Experience is also raising some doubt 
as to whether the macadam road as heretofore constructed 
is as well able to withstand the wear of automobiles as some 
other forms of construction. The tarvia has been applied to 
about 5 miles of macadam road, making a total of 8% miles 
on which it is now used in the park system. Oil in various 
forms has been applied to 15 miles of roadway during the 
past year. All statistics as to cost are somewhat misleading 
because of the various prices of oil and labor. Details of the 
work of the past year are given herewith in the Engineer's 
accompanying report. 

A special appropriation of $15,000 for band concerts was 
first made in 1906. In 1907 another special appropriation 
of $25,000 was made. This amount provided for concerts 
at Revere, NTahant Beach and Nantasket, as in the previous 
year, and also for occasional concerts at Eiverside, Speed- 
way, Waltham, Blue Hills, Mystic Valley Parkway, Fells- 
way and Beaver Brook. These concerts undoubtedly gave 
great pleasure to many people. The hearers were always 
orderly and seemingly appreciative. 

The work against the gypsy and brown-tail moth was well 
provided for by the appropriation for 1907, and the work has 
been more thoroughly done than ever before. A somewhat 
decreased appropriation is asked for the coming year, and 
it is hoped will be granted as asked for. The progress in 
reducing these pests to the point where they may be easily 



16 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

controlled each year must be continued, and it is economy to 
continue it now without any let-up. In Middlesex Fells 
the situation is one of such distinct improvement as to cause 
great satisfaction, and the time seems to be approaching when 
the underbrush may again be allowed to come back more 
thickly than has been possible in the past few years, and even 
that it should be increased by planting the various flowering 
and otherwise interesting shrubs that had disappeared even 
before the fight against the gypsy moth was done. The tree 
growth is now in a better condition generally than at any 
time since the reservation came into public ownership, and 
the woods have a generally sound and healthy look. The 
only exception is found in the condition of the pine trees at 
certain points, which seem to be badly affected by something 
which causes the appearance of rust in the foliage and grad- 
ually kills the trees. Thus far the tree experts have been 
unable to agree whether this is due to a disease or to some 
adverse climatic conditions. 

For several years the question of granting locations for 
electric cars through Fellsway and the Middlesex Fells has 
been under consideration. Many difficulties have presented 
themselves, but these have been gradually eliminated or over- 
come; and during 1907 a location has been granted to the 
Boston Elevated Railway Company for a location from Mys- 
tic Avenue in Somerville through Fellsway and Fellsway 
West and an extension to a point in the Fells nearly opposite 
Elm Street, Medford, and in a reserve space protected by 
fencing within the reservation on a line substantially parallel 
with the highway as far as the Stoneham line. Great care 
has been taken to arrange the details of location, construction 
and operation in such way as to safeguard the public in their 
use of the reservation and roads. The tracks will be wholly 
within reserved spaces free from grade crossing of woods 
roads and fenced when running through the woods. The 
matter of a further location from the Stoneham-Medford 
line in continuation of that of the elevated is under con- 
sideration upon petition of the Boston & Northern, and will 
undoubtedly be acted upon in the near future. 



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The Board has no recommendations to make as to addi- 
tional legislation or appropriations except those which have 
already been made in this report. The annual maintenance 
. expenses must be slightly increased each year, as new park- 
ways and other features of construction are completed and 
opened to public use ; and occasional items of special expense, 
such as the work against the gypsy and brown-tail moth, will 
present themselves from time to time. The time has come 
also when adequate forestry and improvement in the variety 
and character of shrub and plant growth in the wooded 
reservations and care of the trees along the parkways ought 
to be systematized and more adequately provided for. In the 
near future some method must be devised by which better 
sidewalks may be provided along the parkways, and contri- 
bution required from the abutting owners. At present those 
who use the roadways are better provided for than those who 
use the sidewalks. 

It must not, however, be gathered from the absence of 
recommendations for further expenditures that the entire 
Metropolitan Park System has been completed, either as to 
acquirements or as to construction. Reference to the plan 
indicated upon the map of the District published with the 
report of the Board for 1903 will show what the entire 
system has been planned to include ; and the report for that 
year and the various subsequent reports, annual and special^ 
including this report and plan annexed, make clear what has 
already been accomplished and what remains to be accom- 
plished. The completion of each portion of the Parkway 
System makes more apparent the relation of each to the entire 
system, and the interruption and lack of completeness occa- 
sioned by the omission of any part of the system. It is not, 
therefore, from any change of view as to the desirability of 
providing all that has been recommended in the past, but a 
realization of the rapidity with which the work has progressed 
and taxation increased to the District, that deters the Board 
from urging further appropriation at this time. Various ar- 
guments to show the small cost of what has been accomplished 
in comparison with the work which cities and towns have done 



18 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

after the growth of population has made the lands more expen- 
sive, and to show that people of one section taxed to provide 
parkways in another section may with claim of right urge the 
completion of work in their own neighborhood, may safely 
be left to the citizens of the district. It is enough for the 
Board to present the plan and the facts relating to it. The 
facts as to each are in general the same as those stated in 
the past, except perhaps in the case of the suggested park- 
way between FeUsway and Charles River, through Somer- 
ville and Cambridge, which has always been proposed as a 
special matter to be considered by itself and upon its indi- 
vidual merits, having been specifically reported upon by direc- 
tion of the Legislature. In the case of this parkway there 
wiU probably be an economy in determining as soon as may 
be whether any action is to be taken, because the length of 
time which has elapsed since the plan was first proposed and 
the complicated nature of the problem involved in locating a 
parkway in such crowded districts will require long and care- 
ful new study of the problems before actual location and 
acquirements can be made, and because at the present time 
it is understood that plans are well advanced to provide for a 
separation of grade between the Fitchburg Railroad and the 
streets of Somerville. The matter of crossing the Fitch- 
burg Railroad by the suggested parkway will always be one 
%){ considerable expense and nicety of adjustment, and ought 
to be considered at the time when the plan for a general 
separation of crossings is being provided for. 

During the past year two deaths have occurred among 
those who had been long connected with the Board. Edwin 
B. Haskell was a member of the Board from Dec. 13, 1895, 
until his death, March ,25, 1907, during which time he 
brought to the work an interest as constant and deep as that 
which might be expected in a personal project, and an ex- 
perience broad and ripened by years of practical work, read- 
ing and travel. Abraham L. Richards was a member of the 
Board from its organization in 1893 until March, 1898, 
when he resigned to devote all his time to its service as Super- 
visor of Construction. From this position he resigned on 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 19 

account of ill healtih, Oct. 10, 1906. During this long con- 
nection with the Board and its work Mr. Bichards was con- 
stant and painstaking in attendance, watchful of its interests 
and helpful with his fund of practical experience. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM B. DB IAS CASAS. 
EDWIN U. CURTIS. 
DAVID N. SKILLINGS. 
ELLERTON P. WHITNEY. 
EVERETT C. BENTON. 

Dec. 11, 1907. 



20 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



EEPORT OF THE SECRETARY. 



Hon. William B. de las Casas, Chairman Metropolitan Park 

Commission. 

Sib: — I herewith present my report for the year ending 
Dec. 1, 1907. It is subdivided as follows: 1. Acquire- 
ment of lands. 2. Administration. 3. Miscellaneous. 4. 
Finance. 

1. ACQUIBBMBNT OF LaNDS. 

The Commission has secured by purchase from the five 
owners Eufe's Hummock, so called, at the southerly end of J 
Quincy Shore Reservation. This parcel is required for the | 
connection of Quincy Shore with Furnace Brook Parkway 
by a route following the line of Black's Creek. A lot was also 
purchased at the comer of Cross Street and Furnace Brook 
Parkway in Quincy for a police substation. The owners of a 
portion of Maiden Street in West Quincy at its junction vdth 
Furnace Brook Parkway released their rights without charge, 
in order that this portion of the street might be in the care 
and control of the Commission as a part of the Parkway. 

A parcel of unoccupied land at the junction of Wicklow 
Street and the Middlesex Fells Parkway adjacent to the 
Malden-Medf ord line was purchased in order to improve the 
lines of the location of the Boston Elevated Railway Com- 
pany, now in course of construction. The cost of the addi- 
tional land required and of the new construction was paid 
by the Railway Company. At the easterly comer of Fellsway 
East and Pleasant Streets in Maiden a small parcel of land 
and restrictions were obtained, which will result in the im- 
provement of the steep and hitherto rather unsightly bank 
at this point. 

At the point where the Lynn Fells Parkway crosses under 
the Western Division of the Boston & Maine Railroad in 
Melrose it was found necessary to acquire portions of Vinton 



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1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 48. 21 

Street and other highways in order to adapt the grades to the 
new conditions. 

At the foot of Washington Street in Lynn a portion of the 
highway has been incorporated in Nahant Beach Parkway at 
its junction with Lynn Shore Drive. Several parcels of land 
acquired in connection with purchases for Lynn Shore Res- 
ervation have been sold or used as part consideration in set- 
tling with owners whose land had been taken for the driveway. 

In Waltham a parcel adjoining the plant of the Waltham 
Watch Company was conveyed to that company upon restric- 
tions which will improve and protect the banks of 'Charles 
Eiver. Conveyance was also made to the city of Newton to 
adapt the lines of the highway to the approach to the new 
concrete bridge across the river at Concord Street recently 
built by the city of Newton and the town of Weston. 

In Revere a small parcel of land not required for the con- 
struction of Winthrop Parkway was conveyed to the adjoin- 
ing owner in part settlement for land taken from him for the 
Parkway. 

These changes have not materially altered the areas of the 
reservations and parkways, as will be. seen from the table 
herewith presented. 

2. Admih-isteation, 

No change has been made in the methods of administration, 
which have been fully described in previous reports. The 
general offices and Engineering Department continue to be 
located at 14 Beacon Street, in Boston. 

Landscape Architects. 
The advice of the Landscape Architects, Messrs. Olmsted 
Brothers, has been obtained from time to time, and their 
report, printed herewith, gives the details upon the matters 
in which their services have been required. 

Engin-eering Department. 
Several works of construction which were under way at 
the time of the last report have been completed. The im- 
provement of the remaining section of Lynn Shore Reserva- 



22 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

tion from Red Rock in Lynn to Nahant Beach Parkway is 
finished, with the exception of sections of the iron fence 
along the wall. The work included the extension of Lynn 
Shore Drive, and for the greater portion of the distance the 
building of a concrete sea wall of the same design as that 
already built along King's Beach and around Red Rock. 
The two concrete bridges across the Mystic River in Medf ord, 
one at Auburn Street and the other in the rear of the Armory, 
are finished, and the steel and concrete bridge carrying the 
Southern Division of the Boston & Maine Railroad over the 
Mystic River Drive is nearly done. A beginning has been 
made on the dam at Cradock Bridge and on the additional 
span to the bridge rendered necessary by this improvement. 
Further dredging of the river itself has been carried on in 
accordance with the plan approved by the State Board of 
Health. Auburn Street in its new location across the Mystic 
River Reservation has been completed with a macadam sur- 
face. At IsTewton Upper Falls, Boylston Street, where it 
crosses the bridge built by the Park Commission over the 
Charles River, has been surfaced. In Watertown the con- 
tinuation of Charles River Road through the Watertown 
Arsenal grounds has been built to subgrade. The surfacing 
has necessarily been postponed until the completion of the 
Charles River Dam, and the establishment of a fixed water 
level. The drive along Quincy Shore from the National 
Sailors' Home to Atlantic Street was built to subgrade last 
year, and this year the surfacing has been substantially com- 
pleted. This road should be ready for use early next spring. 
Furnace Brook Parkway from Blue Hills Reservation to 
Adams Street in Quincy was completed and opened to public 
use on January 5. Lynn Fells Parkway from Middlesex 
Fells Reservation to Tremont Street in Melrose is nearly 
completed, and portions of it will be opened to public use 
this winter. This included the building of a steel bridge 
with concrete abutments to carry the Western Division of 
the Boston & Maine Railroad over the parkway. The work 
of filling to subgrade through Ell Pond Park will continue 
as the weather permits. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 23 

The extension of Fellsway West in Medford from Forest 
to Elm streets is under way in connection with the building 
of the roadbed of the Boston Elevated Street Railway to the 
Stoneham line. In Nahant Beach Parkway a bridle path 
has been built along the crest of the beach beginning near the 
bath-house and ending near Little Nahant. It is 12 feet wide 
and 1.59 miles in length. Some work has also been required 
to adapt the lines of this parkway to its meeting with the 
Lynn Shore Drive at Oceanside adjacent to the Lynn-Nahant 
line. 

A very considerable amount of work has been required of 
the Engineering Department in connection with the pro- 
posed plans for the purification of the Alewif e Brook district 
in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington and Belmont, in accord- 
ance with the acts of the Legislature and the report of the 
State Board of Health on that subject. 

Interesting experiments have been conducted by the Engi- 
neer of the Commission in methods of treatment of roads 
with tar, oil and other preparations, designed to protect the 
surface against excessive wear, especially from their large 
use by automobiles. 

During the past year the duties of Supervisor of Construc- 
tion have been performed by the Engineer, and he has had 
the oversight of all road repairs and other works of construc- 
tion in the various divisions, to which reference is made imder 
the proper heads. 

Several surveys of importance have been made, and there 
has been the usual inspection of bridges, oversight of permits 
and other routine work conducted by this department. 

.Law and Claims Department, 
The policy of the Commission in acquiring lands so far as 
possible by purchase in advance of taking, or only after 
satisfactory options have been obtained, has been continued, 
with the result that but few new liabilities for land have 
been created. This work has been carried on by this depart- 
ment under instructions from the Commission. Satisfactory 
progress has also been made during the year in disposing of 



24 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

outstanding claims. Those remaining to be settled are esti- 
mated to amount to $40,771.07, of which $16,237.96 is for 
lands taken for reservations and $24,533.11 for land taken 
for parkways. They are divided among the different res- 
ervations and parkways as follows : — 

Reservations: Charles River, 16; Neponset River, 8 ; Mys- 
tic River, 4 ; Quincy Shore, 1 ; Lynn Shore, 2 ; Blue Hills, 1 ; 
Middlesex Fells, 1 ; Stony Brook, 1 ; Revere Beach, 2. Park- 
ways: Revere Beach, 4; Winthrop, 2; Middlesex Fells, 15; 
Lynn Fells, 4 ; Furnace Brook, 6. 

This department has been called upon more frequently 
than ever for the preparation of contracts, agreements and 
other papers of legal character, advice on various matters, 
and under the direction of the Attorney-General has repre- 
sented the Commission in court in certain classes of cases. 

Superintendence, 
The reservations and parkways are grouped in the follow- 
ing seven divisions: Blue Hills Division, Middlesex Fells 
Division, Revere Beach Division, Riverside Division, Speed- 
way Division, Beaver Brook Division and 'Nantasket Beach 
Division. Each division is in charge of a division superin- 
tendent, who reports to the Commission through the Secre- 
tary, and is also expected to keep in touch with the subcom- 
mittee of the Commission on his division. Superintendents 
are also chiefs of police for their respective divisions. The 
Metropolitan Park Police Force is composed, in addition to 
the superintendents, of 1 lieutenant, 8 sergeants and about 
88 patrolmen. They are assigned to the various divisions 
according to the seasons, many more being required at the 
beaches in the summer than in the winter. During the win- 
ter months, when the entire number is not needed for police 
duty, a portion of the force is given suitable work, in order 
that the number may be kept intact. The men are also 
given military drill, and are instructed in the use of the 
revolver. The Commission last winter arranged for a reries 
of lectures to be given to the police, with practical demonstra- 
tions of what is generally known as " first aid " or " emer- 
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1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 25 

indicated that careful attention had been given to the lec- 
tures, and that efficiency of the police in case of accident had 
been increased. 

Blue Hills Division: Bartholomew J. Costello, Superintendent. 

In the Blue Hills Reservation a section of boundary road 
from Forest Street to Randolph Avenue in Milton, .40 mile 
in length, has been built by the forces employed on the res- 
ervation' under the supervision of the Engineer. Hillside 
Street has been resurfaced. Several bridle paths were cut 
out in the easterly part of the reservation. Sixty-five thou- 
sand pine seedlings and three thousand hemlock seedlings 
were planted. The locfations of gypsy moth colonies dis- 
covered last year were carefully treated, hew nests were 
creosoted as soon as found, and all known precautions taken 
to prevent further infestation. Only a few new colonies were 
found, and it seems possible, if the present precautionary 
measures are continued, to prevent the moth from obtaining 
a serious hold upon the woods of this reservation. The most 
serious danger probably is the spread of the moth from some 
adjoining piece of woodland the care of which has been neg- 
lected. A band stand was built at the foot of Great Blue 
Hill. The use of the reservation by the public steadily in- 
creases, and the variety of the walks and rides are becoming 
better known each year. 

The Stony Brook Reservation is peculiarly exposed to the 
danger of infestation from the gypsy moth, on account of the 
long northerly and southerly boundaries which pass through 
large areas of private woodland in which little if any pre- 
ventive work has been carried on. A considerable number 
of colonies were found in the reservation, which have been 
thoroughly treated. More extensive work seems likely to be 
required the coming year, in order that the moth may not be 
allowed to obtain a foothold in this densely wooded park. 
Turtle Pond and Bold Knob roads have been resurfaced, and 
ten thousand pine seedlings and two thousand hemlock seed- 
lings have been planted in various parts of the reservation. 

In Neponset River Reservation the banks have been kept 
dean and considerable care given to the trees. Both gypsy 



26 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

and brown-tail moths were found in considerable quantities 
in the lower section of the river in Boston and Milton, and 
the usual precautions against further damage were taken. 

Although the work of construction on Quincy Shore was 
not completed, it was much visited and required considerable 
care. The beach was cleaned from time to time and policed. 
Fences were built where required by the fill of the driveway. 
A temporary landing was located near Appleton Street. The 
two local yacht clubs already have their club houses and 
wharves at the foot of Beach Street under leases from the 
Commonwealth. Satisfactory arrangements have been made 
with the city of Quincy for changes in the grade of Beach 
Street at its entrance into the reservation, and the construc- 
tion will be begun as early in the spring as the weather per- 
mits. 

The trees in Blue Hills Parkway have been protected 
against the moth. The roadways have had the usual care, 
and speeding on the snow has been permitted on the portion 
of the easterly roadway adjacent to Canton Avenue at stated 
times. A police substation has been built near Mattapan 
Bridge. 

Furnace Brook Parkway from Blue Hills Reservation to 
Adams Street was opened to public use on January 5. A 
police substation has been built at the comer of Cross Street, 
and the Blue Hills police signal system extended to the end 
of the finished parkway. The parkway trees have been 
planted and some grading done on street entrances. An 
agreement has been made with the city of Quincy by which 
Crescent Street will be extended from its present dead end 
at the parkway to Copeland Street. The necessary land was 
purchased by the Commonwealth and will be conveyed to the 
city for a public highway, the Commonwealth contributing 
to the cost of construction. This arrangement was concluded 
so late in the year that the city found it necessary to postpone 
construction until next spring. The channel of Furnace 
Brook has been cleaned where it passes along by the old 
Quincy House. 

In the Neponset River Parkway a fence was built around 
Hemenway Pond and considerable care given to the parkway 
trees. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 27 

Middlesex Fells Division: Charles P. Price, Superintendent. 
The work done in the Middlesex Fells Reservation toward 

suppression of the gypsy moth for the past two years has been 
very extensive, and the results at the present time are most 
encouraging. Funds for this work were available so that it 
was possible to begin in the fall the work of creosoting the 
nests left from the previous summer. Beginning with ^ 
band around the boundary, the work was gradually pushed 
into the interior of the reservation until in April the entire 
area had been covered. ' In the same month began the appli- 
cation of tanglefoot bands to prevent the caterpillars hatched 
on the ground from reaching the foliage. The renewal and 
tending of the bands was continued into July. At about 
this time some spraying was done, especially at points where 
there was danger of the caterpillars spreading from adjoin- 
ing lands. During the winter, spring and early summer a 
considerable amount of forestry work, consisting of the re- 
moval of trees and brush and sprout growth, was carried on 
under expert supervision in continuation of the policy of the 
preceding year, to reduce the amount of the forest growth 
to be cared for by removing the worthless trees and such as 
the best opinion decided was not essential to the integrity of 
the Fells. Great care was taken to avoid spreading the pest 
in removing the wood from the forest, and the cut underbrush 
was burned at suitable times. The result of all this work 
was most surprising. The superintendent reports that no tree 
of over three inches in diameter in the whole area of between 
two and three thousand acres was completely defoliated. The 
work required the coming year will be equally extensive in 
area, but what has been accomplished both in reducing the 
number of the moth nests and in the number of trees to be 
treated will both simplify the problem and materially reduce 
the expense. 

The portion of Main Street between the road to Bear Hill 
and South Street in Stoneham has been rebuilt and given a 
macadam surface. Several miles of interior roads have been 
resurfaced with gravel. The road between the south and 
east dams of the lower Winchester Reservoir has been widened 



28 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

in several places and many repairs made. The Wyman 
Tower in the Winchester section was condemned as unsafe, 
and has been taken down. A considerable number of wooden 
bridges have been replaced by concrete culverts, and seats of 
the same material have been made after a design of the su- 
perintendent and placed at different points in the reservation. 
At the headquarters building the collection of animals and 
small mammals has continued to bring a large number of 
visitors. The ducks and other water fowl, which are kept 
during the summer in Dark Hollow Pond, have also furnished 
much amusement especially to children. The flock of sheep 
has steadily improved in quality, and sales therefrom have 
materially contributed to the cost of its support. Premiums 
were awarded for five sheep exhibited at the Brockton Fair. 
During last winter seventy feeding stations for birds were 
maintained in different parts of the reservation. The nursery 
for shrubs has been continued at headquarters, and several 
thousand young plants were added during the year. 

In the lands taken for the Mystic River Reservation the 
only work of importance has been the protection of the trees 
against the gypsy moth. 

The entire surface of the roadways of Middlesex Fells 
Parkway was treated either with tarvia or emulsions of oil 
or oil and tar. The details of these experiments are given 
in the report of the Engineer. At Fellsmere Park a beach was 
constructed at the northeast comer of the pond. A band 
stand was built, cement seats placed at various points and 
grading and improvements made at the Vista Street entrance. 
Fellsmere Pond was cleared for skating in the winter, and a 
portion of the northerly road of Fellsway West was used 
for speeding on the snow. The Boston Elevated Street Rail- 
way Company began the construction of its new line to the 
Middlesex Fells last summer, and had laid its rails from 
Mystic Avenue in Somerville across Wellington Bridge to 
Maiden Street in Medford when the weather was no longer 
suitable for such work. It is expected that the work will 
begin again in the spring, and that next season will see the 
line carried to its end at the Medford-Stoneham boundary 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 29 

at the southern end of Spot Pond. The petition of the Bos- 
ton & Northern Street Kailway Company for a location from 
the terminus of the Elevated tracks through the Eells to 
the northern limit of the Fells at the junction of Main and 
South streets in Stoneham is at present under consideration 
by the Commission. In connection with the work of the 
Elevated Railway, the draw of Wellington Bridge has been 
replanked and other repairs made to this bridge. The draw 
has been opened one hundred and seventy-seven times. By 
the rules of the War Department of the United States, pro- 
vision must be made for the opening of the draw at all times 
of the day and night, regardless of the state of the tide. The 
effect of the so-called eight-hour law was in the opinion of 
the Commission to require a larger number of attendants for 
this purpose than the necessities of commerce on the river 
required. The Commission, therefore, requested, both as to 
this drawbridge and to others in their charge where similar 
conditions existed, that regulations be made limiting the hours 
of opening, but has not succeeded in obtaining the necessary 
permission from the United States authorities. 

In Mystic Valley Parkway the entrance into Bacon Street 
on the westerly side of the river has been improved by a 
change in alignment. The town of Winchester has also made 
improvements in the portion of Bacon Street which lies be- 
tween the two roadways of this parkway. The entire park 
road was treated with an emulsion of oil and tar, which suc- 
cessfully held down the dust and appeared to give satisfactory 
results; On Manchester Field, in Winchester, a band stand 
was built which can also be used as a shelter when needed for 
that purpose. Cement seats of the kind described above have 
been placed along the parkway in suitable locations. A canoe 
landing has been built of concrete near Walnut Street in 
Winchester. Two small bath-houses were built at one of the 
beaches on Mystic Lake for the use of boys and girls under 
fourteen years of age. This arrangement proved to be ex- 
ceedingly popular, and on pleasant days during the bathing 
season the beach was crowded. Bathing was allowed after- 
noons, excepting Sunday, between the hours of 2 and 5 



30 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

o'clock. A police officer was detailed to look after the chil- 
dren, and no accident occurred. The bath-houses were used 
by over 5,000 children. 

Revere Beach Division: Herbert W. West, Superintendent. 

The driveway in the Revere Beach Reservation was treated 
with tarvia from Charles Eliot Circle to Revere Street, and 
from that point northerly for about a mile with asphaltoline. 
The result so far as the comfort of the public was concerned 
was very satisfactory, and the effect upon the road will be 
carefully observed. By permission of the owners the drifting 
sand on land adjoining the northern end of the driveway was 
given a slight covering of loam and seeded, thereby saving a 
considerable expense in removing from the driveway the sand 
which was found to come upon it during the prevalence of 
strong westerly winds. An additional life boat was located 
on the beach at the foot of Revere Street, and a small build- 
ing for a life-saving station was placed at the foot of Shirley 
Avenue, and was cared for during the summer by a branch 
of the United States Volunteer Life Saving Corps. The 
constantly growing use of Revere Beach by the public corre- 
spondingly increases the work of keeping, the beach clean, 
and of removing the large amount of paper, boxes and other 
debris that is left behind. The usual " carnival," conducted 
by a committee of citizens of Revere and business men along 
the reservation, was held during the two weeks beginning 
September 2. 

The Revere Beach Bath-house was opened on June 15 and 
closed September 15, a period of 92 days. The number of 
bathers was 157,287, of which 100,480 were males and 56,- 
807 females. The attendance was large the early part of the 
season, but fell off on account of the unfavorable weather 
conditions during August and September. The largest num- 
ber of bathers on one day was on August 11, when 7,960 
persons used the bath-house. The receipts for the season 
were $34,008.45, and the expenses for the year, including 
repairs after the fire, were $40,544.07, the deficit having 
been paid out of the balance remaining from the previous 
year. On the evening of July 28 the bath-house was in great 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 31 

danger of destruction from a fire which started in an amuse- 
ment concern in the rear of the bath-house on Ocean Avenue, 
and destroyed a number of private buildings. Some damage 
was done to the bath-house in the women's yard, and much 
credit is due to the employees and police of the reservation in 
preventing the destruction of the building. The Commission 
also recognized formally the excellent work of the Revere 
Fire Department and the cooperation of the fire squad of 
Wonderland, a private amusement enterprise located in the 
rear of the reservation. During the winter and before the 
opening of the bath-house, the floors of the bath yards were 
repaired and the laundry machinery overhauled. In the 
sewing rooms bathing suits were made for this and the other 
two bath-houses. 

The driveway of Winthrop Shore Reservation was several 
times cleared from the sand and stones thrown up by winter 
storms. During the summer the road was treated with tarvia. 
The iron fence was thoroughly scraped and repainted, and 
several sections of the granolithic promenade were repaired. 

The completed portion of the drive in Lynn Shore Res- 
ervation was resurfaced, the iron fence along the sea wall 
scraped and repainted, and some repairs made at the base- 
of the wall. Preparation was made for the opening of the 
remainder of the drive from Red Rock to the N'ahant Bath- 
house, which is substantially completed. 

Revere Beach Parkway was partly treated with tarvia last 
year. This year the same treatment was applied for the 
remainder of the distance, furnishing, in connection with 
other park roads, a dustless road from Somerville to Lynn. 
Fences were repainted and the trees were protected against 
the gypsy and brown-tail moths. The bridge over the Boston, 
Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad, at Beachmont, was paved 
with wood blocks. 

Lynnway was treated with tarvia from Revere Beach Res- 
ervation to Saugus River Bridge. An additional fender 
guard was built at the draw of the bridge, to prevent vessels 
when swung around by the tide from striking the bridge. 

The bridle path built in the Nahant Beach Parkway has 
already been described. It was completed and opened on 



32 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

May 28, and is very largely used. Additional planting has 
been done in cooperation with the work of the town forester 
of Nahant. The Nahant Beach Bath-house was open from 
July 10 to September 2. It was used by 26,953 persons, of 
whom 13,895 were males and 13,058 females. On August 11 
the number of bathers was 1,819. The receipts for the season 
were $5,235.05, and the expenses for the year $5,837.28. 
As at the other bath-houses, the bathing was affected by the 
unfavorable weather during the last part of the season. 

Riverside Division: Albert N. Habberley, Superintendent. 

An existing road in Aubumdale Park has been improved 
and continued to a connection with the road in Forest Grove, 
making a pleasant park drive from Commonwealth Avenue 
in Aubumdale to Woerd Avenue in Waltham. Quinobequin 
Road between Newton Upper and Lower Falls has been 
repaired. On Fox Island a band stand has been built, to the 
cost of which the public boat owners in this section of the 
river made a generous contribution. The banks of the river 
have been repaired, and in some cases protected by beaching 
with heavy gravel. The damage from the wash of motor 
boats is becoming more apparent each year, and will in time 
require extensive repairs to the banks. Some dredging has 
been done and stumps removed from the river where they 
interfered with boating. The gypsy and brown-tail moth are 
both found in the cities and towns adjacent to the Charles 
Eiver, and it has required considerable work to protect the 
tree growth along the banks, which in many sections is very 
luxuriant. At Waltham a measured course of three-quarters 
miles has been permanently marked for use at regattas. 
Eange lights have indicated the course for canoes in summer, 
and danger lights have been maintaiiied at various points 
during the skating season. Space for skating has been cleared 
near Moody Street in Waltham and at Weston Bridge at 
Aubumdale. Two hundred and nineteen persons were helped 
at the emergency room at the Headquarters Building. "KTine- 
teen persons were taken from the water by the police patrol. 
There was no accident from drowning. It was found neces- 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 33 

sary to enlarge the Headquarters Building by a small addi- 
tion which is used for a recovery room. A gasoline launch 
has been purchased for patroling purposes, and the old launch 
retained as a spare boat The city of Newton and town of 
Weston have built a handsome concrete two-arehed bridge 
across the river, connecting Concord Street in Newton with 
Park Eoad in Weston. 

Speedway Division : John L. Gilman, Superintendent. 

The upper half of the Speedway itself was resurfaced in 
the spring, and Soldiers' Field Road was resurfaced with a 
light coating of gravel. Charles River Eoad in Watertown 
was treated throughout its entire length with asphaltoline. 
On the Speedway the usual winter, spring and fall races 
were held under the auspices of the Metropolitan Driving 
Club. There were 62 days of sleighing during the winter 
months. During the Old Home Week celebration in Boston 
last summer, races and a horse show were held under the 
direction of a committee. The buildings have been repainted, 
and there has been considerable care given to the trees and 
shrubs. The gypsy moth has increased in this section, but 
the brown-tail is less prevalent than in previous years. The 
pleasure ground for children -at the foot of Market Street in 
Brighton has been much used. Band concerts were given 
there during the summer. 

The driveway of Fresh Pond Parkway was resurfaced 
with stone dust. Particular care has been taken to protect 
the trees not only from the gypsy and brown-tail moths, but 
also from the elm tree beetle, which has appeared again in 
Cambridge. Additional planting has been done in the park- 
way and at Lowell Memorial Park. 

Beaveb Brook Division: Robert Elder, Superintendent. 
The Waverley oaks and other interesting tree growth of 
this reservation have been protected against moths and other 
insect pests. A portion of the wall on Trapelo Eoad has been 
rebuilt. A band stand has been built, which can also be used 
in case of need as a shelter building for picnickers. The use 



34 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

of this park for picnickers in summer and of the ponds for 
skating in winter is as great as ever, and is due not only to 
its accessibility, but to its charming rural character. 

Nantasket Beach Division : Moody Leighton, Superintendent. 

The portion of Nantasket Avenue in the control of the 
Commission has been resurfaced, and additional catch-basins 
and drains installed. Repairs have been made to the build- 
ings, piazzas and board walks of the buildings on the reserva- 
tion, and a considerable amount of painting done. Addi- 
tional seating room has been provided in the neighborhood of 
the band stand. 

The Nantasket Beach Bath-house was opened on June 30 
and closed on September 2, a period of 65 days. The total 
number of bathers was 33,628, of which 18,884 were males 
and 14,644 were females. The receipts from bathers were 
$7,437.40, to which should be added $1,511.03 received from 
sale of steam from tlie laundry plant to the hotel, making a 
total of $8,948.43. The expenses for the year were $8,363.88. 
The largest day was August 11, when 2,129 persons used 
the bath-house. As at the other bath-houses the total of the 
year's bathing was less than in 1906, due apparently to un- 
favorable weather in the last part of the summer. At Nan- 
tasket, however, there seems to be need of some enlargement 
in order to meet the demand on favorable days. 

3. Miscellaneous. 
The Legislature provided an appropriation of $25,000 for 
band concerts in the Metropolitan Parks. Concerts were 
given daily at Revere and Nantasket beaches during the sum- 
mer. Concerts were also given at the following places from 
time to time: Nahant Beach Bath-house; Pellsmere Park, 
Maiden ; Fox Island, Waltham ; Waltham Canoe Club during 
regatta; Cradock Field, Maiden; Beaver Brook Reservation, 
Waverley ; Riverside band stand at Aubumdale ; Manchester 
Field, Winchester; foot of Great Blue Hill, Milton; Speed- 
way Pleasure Grounds, foot of Market Street, Brighton 
District, Boston. In all 383 concerts were given, counting 
both afternoon and evening concerts. Band stands were built 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 35 

at the foot of Great Blue Hill, Beaver Brook Eeservation at 
Waverley, Pox Island in Charles Kiver, Manchester Field in 
Winchester and Fellsmere Park in Maiden. Band stands 
had already been provided at Nahant, Revere and Nantasket 
beaches, and a portable band stand was loaned by the city of 
Maiden for use on Cradock Field. A small balance of the 
appropriation remained after payment of all expenses. 

The Legislature of 1907 passed an act, chapter 529, amend- 
ing chapter 529 of the Acts of the year 1906, relating to the 
purification of Mystic Kiver, Alewife Brook and adjacent 
water courses, ponds and drainage areas. By this new act 
the powers of the Conmiission are more clearly defined, the 
approval of the plans by the cities and towns interested is 
provided for, and an additional appropriation of $25,000 
made for the work in addition to the $100,000 already au- 
thorized. The proportions in which these towns and cities 
are to contribute to the cost of the work is also defined. Con- 
siderable work has been done in preparation of plans and 
estimates of cost, and the Commission is at present engaged 
in obtaining as far as practicable options on the land required 
by these plans, in order to ascertain if sufficient funds are 
available to justify entering upon the work. 

By chapter 404 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1907 the 
members of the Charles Kiver Basin and Metropolitan Park 
commissions were made a Joint Board for the purpose of 
granting boat-house locations on the park now imder con- 
struction in the rear of Beacon Street in Boston along the 
right bank of the Charles Eiver. The Joint Board organized 
on June 18, at which meeting Dr. Henry S. Pritchett, Chair- 
man of the Charles River Basin Commission, was chosen 
Chairman of the Joint Board, and the Secretary of the Park 
Commission appointed Secretary of the Joint Board. The 
Board has received several petitions for locations, which are 
still under consideration. Public hearings have been held 
on these petitions, at which all persons interested have been 
encouraged to express their views on the general question of 
granting locations and the terms to be imposed. The Joint 
Board has also held meetings for the further discussion and 
consideration of the questions involved, and has, through its 



36 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan- 

landscape advisers and engineers, caused various investiga- 
tions to be made for the information of the Board. No ac- 
tion, however, has as yet been taken upon the petitions. 

Leave of absence for vacation and foreign travel was 
granted by the Commission to its Secretary from July 3 to 
October 17, and during this period George Lyman Rogers, 
Esq., of the Law Department, acted as Secretary. 

4. Finances. 
The following tables show in brief form the expenditures 
under the various park loans for the year ending Dec. 1, 
1907: — 

Metkopolitan Parks Loan Fund. 
Blue Hills Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $49 65 

$49 65 

Middlesex Fells Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, . . . . $1,715 96 

1,715 96 

Revere Beach Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $1,900 61 

1,900 61 

Stony Brook Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $67 45 

67 45 

Beaver Brook Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $6 67 

6 67 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $16 00 

16 00 

Charles River Reservation : — 

Land, $200 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 13,935 53 

14,135 53 

Neponset River Reservation : — 

Land, $3,368 57 

Miscellaneous, .... 63 53 

3,432 10 

Mystic River Reservation : — 

Land, $2,750 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 65,130 91 

67,880 91 



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Lynn Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $32,500 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 71,632 02 

$104,132 02 

Qiiincy Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $2,071 71 

Miscellaneous, ..... 60,823 85 

62,895 56 

Winthrop Shore Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $24 83 

24 83 

King's Beach Reservation : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $13 50 

13 50 

Boylston Street Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $2,261 75 

: 2,261 75 

Alewife Brook Purification : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $1,388 44 

1,388 44 

General expense, 5,011 42 

$264,932 40 
Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 
Blue Hills Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $59 20 

$59 20 

Middlesex Fells Parkway : — 

Land, $5,394 04 

Miscellaneous, .... 8,563 13 

13,957 17 

Mystic Valley Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $11,835 56 

11,835 56 

Revere Beach Parkway : — 

Land, $593 16 

Miscellaneous, .... 801 82 

1,394 98 

Neponset River Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $87 11 

87 11 

Fresh Pond Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, . . . . $5 28 

5 28 



38 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



Furnace Brook Parkway : — 

Land, $10,829 28 

Miscellaneous, .... 20,407 34 

Nahant Beach Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $7,092 99 

Lynn Fells Parkway : — 

^ Land, $4,149 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 57,062 85 



Winthrop Parkway : — 

Land, $300 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 134 65 

Charles River Speedway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $28 91 

Blue Hills Roads : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $184 39 

Middlesex Fells Roads : — 

Miscellaneous, . . . . $4,116 44 



$31,236 62 
7,092 99 

61,211 85 

434 65 

28 91 

184 39 

4,116 44 



Lynnway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $1,184 57 

1,184 57 

General expense, 5,534 37 



$138,364 09 



The following tables show the total amount expended in 
each loan, the cost of each reservation and parkway to Dec. 
1, 1907, and the amounts charged by the Auditor's depart- 
ment to meet the sinking fund and interest requirements pre- 
vious to Jan. 1, 1900 : — 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund. 
Blue Hills Reservation ; — 

Land, $362,562 04 

Miscellaneous, .... 287,034 54 



Middlesex Fells Reservation : — 

Land, $690,782 43 

Miscellaneous, .... 287,209 31 



$649,596 58 



977,991 74 



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Revere Beach Reservation : — 

Land, $1,162,947 67 

Miscellaneous, .... 799,177 13 



$1,962,124 80 



Stony Brook Reservation : — 

Land, $281,243 87 

Miscellaneous, .... 75,779 27 



Beaver Brook Reservation : — 

Land, $129,819 29 

Miscellaneous, .... 23,818 86 



Hemlock Gorge Reservation : — 

Land, $53,254 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 15,542 94 



Charles River Reservation : — . 

Land, . * . . . $1,4^6,947 55 

Miscellaneous, .... 274,237 08 



Neponset River Reservation : — 

Land, $224,383 04 

Miscellaneous, .... 46,310 02 



Mystic River Reservation : — 

Land, $242,533 21 

Miscellaneous, .... 178,670 64 



Lynn Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $360,774 29 

Miscellaneous, .... 217,362 31 



Quincy Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $73,716 26 

Miscellaneous, .... 178,986 85 



Winthrop Shore Reservation : — 

Land, . . . • . $51,067 32 

Miscellaneous, .... 165,410 71 



Hart's Hill Reservation : — 

Land, $10,000 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 103 95 



357,023 14 



53,638 15 



68,796 94 



1,751,184 63 



270,693 06 



421,203 85 



578,136 60 



252,703 11 



216,478 03 



10,103 95 



40 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

King's Beach Reservation : — 

Land, $24,297 21 

Miscellaneous, .... 1,551 63 



West Roxbury Parkway : — 

Land, $244,976 01 

Miscellaneous, .... 8,313 67 



Wellington Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, . • . . . $185,317 42 



Nahant Beach Bath-house : — 

Miscellaneous, . . • . $67,794 58 



$25,848 84 

253,289 68 

185,317 42 

67,794 58 

45,838 57 

1,388 44 
General expense, ....... 157,568 34 

$8,306,720 45 
Sinking fund requirements to 1896, . , $18,980 18 

Care and maintenance to July 1, 1896, 85,813 46 

Care and maintenance, July 1, 1896, to 
Jan. 1, 1897, 



Boylston Street Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $45,838 57 



Alewif e Brook Purification : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $1,388 44 



Sinking fund assessment for 1897, 
Sinking fund assessment for 1898, 
Sinking fund assessment for 1899, 
Interest, .... 



19,604 06 
63,630 70 
9,755 55 
64,224 00 
28,318 61 



290,326 56 



Total charged to Dec. 1, 1907, .... $8,597,047 01 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 
Blue Hills Parkway : — 

Land, . . . ^ . $133,492 02 

Miscellaneous, .... 269,453 30 

$402,945 32 

Middlesex Fells Parkway : — 

Land, . . . . $250,694 05 

Miscellaneous, .... 469,421 57 

720,115 62 



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Mystic Valley Parkway : — 

Land, $203,990 91 

Miscellaneous, .... 257,985 32 . 

$461,976 23 

Revere Beach Parkway : — 

Land, $537,445 51 

Miscellaneous, .... 838,607 26 

1,376,052 77 

Neponset River Parkway : — 

Land, $83,941 75 

Miscellaneous, .... 35,832 60 

119,774 35 

Fresh Pond Parkway : — 

Land, $44,086 25 

Miscellaneous, .... 29,819 51 

73,905 76 

Furnace Brook Parkway : — 

Land, $149,622 77 

MisceUaneous, . . . . 134,782 91 

284,405 68 

Nahant Beach Parkway : — 

Land, .' . . $80,940 78 

Miscellaneous, . . . . 74,664 27 

155,605 05 

Lynn Fells Parkway : — 

Land, $35,286 96 

Miscellaneous, .... 73,531 10 

108,818 06 

Winthrop Parkway : — 

Land $16,969 00 

Miscellaneous, .... 2,906 98 

19,875 98 

Charles River Speedway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $521,174 14 

521,174 14 

Blue Hills Roads: — 

Miscellaneous, .... $8,182 61 

8,182 61 

Middlesex Fells Roads : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $57,120 42 

57,120 42 

Stony Brook Roads : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $37,183 45 

37 183 45 



42 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Lynnway : -^ 

Land, $20,500 00 

Miscellarieous, .... 110,811 34 

$131,311 34 

Spy Pond Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, .... $89 04 

-^ 89 04 

General expense, 103,728 15 



$4,582,263 97 



Sinking fund requirement for 1896, 
Sinking fund requirement for 1897, 
Sinking fund requirement for 1898, 
Sinking fund requirement for 1899, 
One-half interest, 



$3,650 03 
14,057 10 
3,765 08 
15,396 00 
22,327 68 



59,195 89 



Total charged to Dec. 1, 1907, . . . $4,641,459 86 

The appropriations heretofore made are as follows : — 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund. 

Original appropriation, chapter 407, Acts of 1893, . $1,000,000 00 

First Revere Beach Act, chapter 483, Acts of 1894, . 500,000 00 

Charles River Act, chapter 509, Acts of 1894, . . 300,000 00 

Second Revere Beach Act, chapter 305, Acts of 1895, . 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 466, Acts of 1896, . 1,000,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 464, Acts of 1897, . 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 530, Acts of 1898, . 1,000,000 00 

Revere Beach Bath-house Act, chapter 142, Acts of 1899, 125,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 396, Acts of 1899, . 300,000 00 
Charles River Improvement Act, chapter 465, Acts of 

1900, 50,000 00 

Fuller's Wharf Act, chapter 467, Acts of 1900, . . 30,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 445, Acts of 1901, . 450,000 00 

Mystic River Bridge Act, chapter 492, Acts of 1901, . 200,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 290, Acts of 1903, . 125,000 00 
Newton Upper Falls Bridge Act, chapter 391, Acts of 

1903, 40,000 00 

Continuing appropriation, chapter 429, Acts of 1903, for 

1903, 300,000 00 

For 1904, 300,000 00 

For 1905, 300,000 00 



1908,] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 43 

For 1906, $300,000 00 

For 1907, 300,000 00 

Nahant Beach Bath-house Act, chapter 326, Acts of 

1904, 70,000 00 

Reimbursing loan for moth expense, chapter 486, Acts 

of 1906, 50,000 00 

Purification of Mystic River, Alewife Brook and adjacent 

water courses, ponds and drainage areas, chapter 529, 

Acts of 1906, 100,000 00 

Additional appropriation for purification of Mystic 

River, etc., chapter 529, Acts of 1907, . 25,000 00 

$7,865,000 00 
To provide for interest and sinking fund requirements to 

1900, chapter 311, Acts of 1897, . . . 900,000 00 



Total amount of loans, $8,765,000 00 

Amounts received from sales of buildings, receipts from 
bath-ho.use, fines, etc., 198^334 01 

Total, $8,963,334 01 

Total charged to loans, . . . 8,597,047 01 



Balance remaining in hands of State Treasurer, . $366,287 00 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 

Original boulevard, chapter 288, Acts of 1894, . . $500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 472, Acts of 1896, . 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 521, Acts of 1897, . 1,000,000 00 

Saugus Bridge Act, chapter 547, Acts of 1898, . . 100,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 428, Acts of 1899, . 500,000 00 

Mattapan Bridge Act, chapter 443, Acts of 1900, . 75,000 00 

Winchester Act, chapter 444, Acts of 1900, . . 50,000 00 

. Revere Beach Parkway Act, chapter 445, Acts of 1900, . 200,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 172, Acts of 1902, . 450,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 359, Acts of 1903, . 110,000 00 
Continuing appropriation, chapter 419, Acts of 1906, 

for 1903, 300,000 00 

For 1904, 300,000 00 

For 1905, 300,000 00 

For 1906, 300,000 00 

For 1907, 300,000 00 

$4,985,000 00 



44 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

To provide for interest and sinking fund requirements to 

1900, chapter 311, Acts of 1897, .... $100,000 00 

Total amount of loans, $5,085,000 00 

Receipts from sales, etc., 29,907 41 

Total, $5,114,907 41 

Total of amoimts charged to loans, .... 4,641,459 86 

Balance remaining in hands of State Treasurer, . $473,447 55 

Nantasket Beach Loan. 
Appropriation, chapter 464, Acts of 1899, . . $600,000 00 

Appropriation, chapter 456, Acts of 1901, . . 100,000 00 

Total amount of loans, . . . . : $700,000 00 
Receipts from rents, etc., 5,881 50 

Total, $705,881 50 

Total of amounts charged to loans, . 705,881 50 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN WOODBURY, 

Secretary, 
Dec. 1, 1907. 



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REPORT OF THE LANDSCAPE ARCHI- 
TECTS. 



Hon. William B. de las Casas, Chairman, Metropolitan Park 
Commission, Boston, Mass. 

SiK : — We beg to submit the following summary report of 
matters in which the Landscape Architects Advisory have 
been consulted during the year ending Nov. 30, 1907. 

In the Middlesex Fells we have supervised the removal of 
dead and dying trees and of a limited number of defective 
and sickly trees to facilitate the gypsy moth work, but the 
amount of cutting has been much more restricted than in 
recent years, because any further extensive cutting would 
impair the scenery of the reservation for years to come. 
What is now chiefly needed for the improvement of the woods 
is a chance for the existing trees to grow with as little set- 
back from insect attacks and other enemies as may be, and 
for the fostering of healthy seedlings. The tendency to a 
bald monotony of appearance in the woods, resulting from 
the wholesale cutting of underbrush, which is one item of the 
campaign against the moths, is but a temporary objection; 
but this same brush cutting makes it exceedingly difficult to 
preserve and encourage the numerous self-sown seedlings, 
especially of white pine, which in many parts of the reserva- 
tion are giving promise of a healthier new generation, partly 
as a result of the thinnings of previous years. Improvements 
in method have been suggested, which it is hoped will, in 
some measure at least, meet this difficulty. In consultation 
with the Engineering Department we have prepared studies 
for treating various problems of construction on the proposed 
electric car route along the west side of Forest Street, with a 
view to minimizing the injury to the reservation that will 
result from this necessary line of through transportation, and 



46 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

we have prepared plans for the location of a police station 
and the treatment of its surroundings. Beyond supervising 
a small amount of improvement cutting on the Beaver Brook 
Reservation, we have not been consulted as to the other forest 
reservations during the past year. 

We have reported upon a number of minor matters affect- 
ing the scenery of the Charles River Reservation, and in 
consultation with the Engineer and with the Landscape Archi- 
tect and the Engineer of the Charles River Basin Commis- 
sion have reported on questions affecting the location of 
boat club houses on the shores of the basin. On the Mystic 
River Reservation and Mystic Valley Parkway, questions of 
design affecting several bridges, a band stand and certain 
planting were referred to us, and plans or advice submitted. 
Designs for the treatment of the Lynn Shore, from Red Rock 
to the Nahant Bath-house, were completed, providing for a 
connecting drive and promenade and for much-to-be-desired 
tree planting, especially on the promontory of Red Rock. 
Advice and supplementary plans and supervision with regard 
to. the details of improvements previously planned were re- 
quired in connection with Eellsmere Park and other portions 
of the Middlesex Fells Parkway, the Lowell Memorial Park, 
the Lynn-Fells Parkway, Nahant Beach and Nantasket 
Beach. 

Appended is a tabular summary of the plans and reports 
submitted during the year. Detailed information concerning 
the various items of construction planting and maintenance 
which were carried out during the year under our plans or 
with our advice will be found in the reports of the Depart- 
ments of Engineering and Superintendence. 

Respectfully submitted, 

OLMSTED BROTHERS. 

Dec. 1, 1907. 



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PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



47 



Summary of Plans and Beports prepared by the Landscape Archi- 
tects for the Metropolitan Park Commission during Year 
ending Nov. 30, 1907. 





1 


T3 

«9 


1 


k 
1 


, 


^ 


Fells Reservation, . 


3 


- 


8 


2 


3 


16 


Beaver Brook, 


- 


- 


- 


- 


1 


1 


Charles River, 


8 


2 


- 


5 


6 


21 


Mystic River, 


- 


- 


2 


1 


2 


5 


Neponset River Reservation, 


- 


- 


- 


- 


1 


1 


Lynn Shore; 


4 


4 


2 


- 


3 


13 


Nantasket Beach, . 


- 


- 


- 


1 


1 


2 


Fells, Parkway, 


1 


2 


6 


7 


6 


22 


Mystic Valley Parkway, . 


_ 


- 


3 


- 


2 


5 


Neponest River Parkway, 


2 


- 


- 


- 


- 


2 


Fresh Pond Parkway, 


- 


- 


- 


- 


1 


1 


Lynn Fells Parkway, 


- 


- 


- 


2 


2 


4 


Jamestown Exhibit, 


- 


- 


1 


- 


- 


1 


Totals, 


18 


8 


22 


18 


28 


94 



48 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



KEPORT OF THE ENGINEER. 



Hon. William B. de las Casas, Chairman, Metropolitan Park 

Commission. 

Sib : — I beg to submit the following report of the work 
of the Engineering Department for the year ending Nov. 30, 
1907. 

The number of employees in this department has averaged 
33 during the year, varying from 29 to 36. At present there 
are 32, with the following classification : 3 assistant engineers, 
2 draftsmen, 6 instrument men in charge of parties, 15 rod- 
men, 4 inspectors, 1 clerk and 1 stenographer. 

The work of the department has been principally on con- 
struction and work incidental to it. Besides this the depart- 
ment has given general inspection to aU work done in the 
parkways and reservations under permits and licenses granted 
by the Commission to cities, towns, corporations and indi- 
viduals, and has furnished engineering services and general 
supervision for work of repairs and maintenance in each of 
the divisions. 

Considerable study has been given to the various methods 
of treatment of road surfaces to make them dustless without 
watering, and to protect them from the peculiar wear of the 
automobiles, which has become a serious problem in the main- 
tenance of the parkway drives. 

From experiments made during the past year it is my 
opinion that for macadam road surfaces treatment with a 
specially prepared coal tar, known as " tarvia," gives the 
best results. For gravel road surfaces treatment with crude 
petroleum containing a large percentage of asphaltum is best 
and most economical. 

The construction work under the direction of this depart- 
ment has included the grading and surfacing of parkway and 
reservation drives and work incidental to it, and a considera- 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 49 

ble amount of concrete and reinforced concrete masonry work 
in the construction of retaining walls, river walls, sea walls 
and bridges. 

The total cost of conducting the department has been as 
follows : — 

Services, $31,407 26 

Equipment, 194 05 

Operating expenses, 3,562 44 

Total, $35,163 75 

The total cost of construction work done under the direc- 
tion of this department has amounted to $300,517.82, exclu- 
sive of the cost of engineering and inspection. The cost of 
engineering and inspection incidental to the construction 
work has been $19,505.46, an average of 6 per cent. 

An appraisal of the property in charge of the department, 
omitting the value of maps, plans, notes and records, is as 
follows : — 

Equipment : — 

Offices, $2,242 30 

Surve3dng and drawing instruments, . 2,802 65 

Miscellaneous, 36 25 

$5,081 20 

Supplies : — 
General, . . . 893 81 

Total, . . . . . . $5,975 01 

Details of the work done under the direction and super- 
vision of this department are given in the following sections 
of parkway and reservation, and in the tables appended. 

Parkways. 

Alewife Brook Parkway. — Preliminary plans and esti- 
mates of the cost of the work of purification have been made, 
and land plans and sketches to accompany options have been 
prepared. 

Furnace Brook Parkway. — The work of surfacing and 
finishing the parkway from Blue Hills Reservation to Adams 



50 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Street, Quincy, has been completed, and this portion has 
been opened for the use of the public during the greater part 
of the year. 

The total cost of this work, including the cost of consider- 
able work in addition to that contemplated in the preliminary 
estimate, has been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 

No. 96, . ... . . $39,113 17 

Engineering and inspection, . . 2,826 96 

S41,940 13 



Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 

Construction, contract No. 96, . . S3,211 65 

Incidentals, 1,122 15 

Engineering and inspection, . . 559 35 



4,893 15 



Total, $46,833 28 

Enginjeering services have been furnished fpr building 
police substation at the junction of the parkway and Cross 
Street, West Quincy. 

Water standpipes, for the use of watering carts, have b.een 
installed by the city of Quincy, the cost of the work to be 
paid by this Conmiission. The total cost of this work has 
been $1,081.80, exclusive of engineering and inspection. 

Plans of land to be taken for the portion of parkway from 
Quincy Shore Reservation to Hancock Street, Quincy, have 
been prepared. 

Lynn Fells Parkway. — The work of building concrete 
abutments and building and erecting steel plate girder bridge 
for the Western Division of the Boston & Maine Eailroad 
over the parkway has been completed. 

During the work of erection of the steel superstructure of 
the bridge it was necessary to construct a temporary track 
outside of the location of the bridge, for the operation of 
trains. 

The work of erection of the steel, which was done by the 
New England Structural Company, under a contract with 
the Boston & Maine Railroad Company, was begun Jan. 27, 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 51 

1907, and completed March 2, 1907. On March 7, 1907, 
the operation of trains on the old location was resumed, both 
tracks being completed over the new bridge. 

The total cost of this work, including the cost of incidental 
work done by the Boston & Maine Railroad Company, has 
been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 



»4,863 82 



No. 101, 


$4,482 77 


Engineering and inspection, 


381 05 


Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 




Construction, contract No. 101, . 


$110 50 


Steel superstructure, 


6,550 61 


Temporary work incidental to above, . 


4,986 30 


Incidentals, 


30 44 


Engineering and inspection, 


415 03 



12,092 88 
Total, . . ♦ $16,956 70 

The work of building to subgrade the parkway from Mid- 
dlesex Fells Eeservation to Green Street, Melrose, under 
contract with Howe & Perini, has been completed. Some 
additional work has been done under this contract for the 
settlement of claims for damages made on account of the 
changes in grades of intersecting streets and land abutting 
parkway. 

In a previous report mention was made of the construction 
of a mattress of trees and tree limbs over a swampy portion 
of the parkway about 1,700 feet in length. Over about two- 
thirds of this section this construction was effective in hold- 
ing the fill, but in the portion where the soft mud was deepest, 
from 20 to 30 feet in depth, considerable settlement has taken 
place. 

In the grading of this parkway it was necessary to excavate 
about 12,000 cubic yards of rock in ledges and bowlders. 
Under this contract nearly all of this rock has been crushed 
and placed in storage for the surfacing of roadways and 
walks, which has been done under another contract. 



52 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

The total cost of the work under the contract for sub- 
grading has been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 

No. 102, $429 96 

Engineering and inspection, * . 28 95 

$458 91 



Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 

Construction, contract No. 102, $40,562 71 

Incidentals, 816 14 

Engineering and inspection, . . 2,608 03 



43,986 88 
Total, $44,445 79 

Plans and specifications for surfacing and finishing the 
parkway from Middlesex Fells Reservation to Tremont Street, 
Melrose, and from Melrose Street to Green Street, have been 
prepared. The portion across the swamp was omitted, to 
allow it to complete settlement before finishing. On Sept. 
17, 1907, the following bids were received: — 

John F.jGill Company, Somerville, .... $32,411 00 

Howe & Perini Construction Company, Melrose, . . 29,736 70 

Fred E. Ellis, Meb-ose, 29,074 05 

Coleman Brothers, Boston, 27,221 40 

It was decided to omit the short portion from Melrose 
Street to Green Street from this contract, and the proposal 
of Coleman Brothers was accepted for the quantities of work 
as revised, which made the total bid amount to $17,390. The 
work was begun Oct 1, 1907, and is now in progress and 
nearly completed. 

The estimated cost of this work to Dec. 1, 1907, has been 
as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. Ill, . . . . $12,853 69 

Incidentals, . . 233 08 

Engineering and inspection, ..... 506 23 

Total, $13,593 00 



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Lynnway. — On axscoimt of the difficulty of handling ves- 
sels approaching the Saugus River Bridge from the east in 
the swift current, it was deemed advisable to extend the fender 
guard on this side of the bridge about 80 feet. 

A detail plan and specifications were prepared, and the 
following bids were received on March 12, 1907 : — 

T. E. Ruggles, Boston, $1,200 00 

W. A. Norton Company, Boston, .... 950 00 

W. L. MiUer, Boston, 875 00 

A. A. Hersey, East Boston, 750 00 

The proposal of A. A. Hersey was accepted, and the work • 
was done in May, 1907. 

Middlesex Fells Parkway. — Specifications have been pre- 
pared to accompany plans made last year for the construction 
of the extension of Fellsway West to Elm Street, and the 
grading of the roadbed for electric railway to the Medf ord- 
Stoneham line; and on Sept. 3, 1907, the following bids were 
received for the work : — 



Thomas F. Welch, West Roxbury, 

Falvey & Kelley, Dorchester, . 

Bruno & Petitti, Boston, .... 

Hugh Nawn Contracting Company, Roxbury, 

John F. Gill Company, Somerville, . 

Coleman Brothers, Boston, 

Rowe & Perini Construction Company, Melrose, 



$62,022 25 
57,995 00 
55,571 25 
53,661 25 
53,437 50 
49,127 50 
44,230 00 



The contract was awarded to Rowe & Perini Construction 
Company, and the work was begun on Oct. 3, 1907, and is 
now in progress. 

The work consists of building a road from the present 
ending of Fellsway West to Elm Street, parallel to and east- 
erly from Forest Street, to be used as a traffic road. Forest 
Street will then become the pleasure drive as far as Elm 
Street, with the electric railway in the reserved space between 
the two roads. From Elm Street north Forest Street will 
again become the traffic road, and a new pleasure drive is 
to be built west of Forest Street. The railway is to be built 



54 METROPOLITAJf PARKS. [Jan. 

westerly from and just outside Forest Street, running prac- 
tically parallel to it from Elm Street to the Medford-Stone- 
bam line. 

The estimated cost of this work to Dec. 1, 1907^ has been 
as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 108, .... $15,385 49 

Incidentals, 706 59 

Engineering and inspection, . . . . . 521 37 



Total, $16,613 46 

In September the Boston Elevated Railway Company be- 
gan the construction of its tracks and wires on the location 
granted by the Commission. The work was prosecuted with 
a large force of men until about the middle of November, 
when work was discontinued on account of winter conditions. 
The work was practically completed from Mystic Avenue, 
Somerville, to Maiden Street, Medford, a distance of about 
two miles. It is expected that they will resume work early 
in the spring, and proceed until the line is completed through 
the entire parkway to Elm Street, and through the reservation 
to the end of their location at the Medford-Stoneham line. 

The entire length of about 10 miles of macadam roadways 
of the parkway has been treated with preparations for the 
suppression of dust and protection of the road surfaces. On 
about 9 miles, or 160,000 square yards of surface, a mixture 
of water-gas tar and Kentucky oil was used. This oil con- 
tained a heavy asphalt base, and was mixed with the water- 
gas tar in the varying proportions of 2 barrels of oil and 6 
barrels of tar to 4 of oil and 6 of tar, the amount of oil used 
depending on the condition of the road on which it was used. 
This mixture was heated by steam coil and applied by means 
of a special attachment to a watering cart. 

This treatment thoroughly laid the dust at the time of its 
application, and remained effective for this purpose for from 
eight to ten weeks. The mixture has little if any bonding 
qualities, and does not protect the road surface from stripping 
by rapidly moving automobiles, but probably after a number 
of applications. eiiQiigh oil would accumulate to form a bond. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 48. 55 

Only one application was made this year, and the effects have 
almost entirely disappeared. 

The work was done by the reservation forces, and the cost 
of this work, including the cost of materials, was about 4 
cents per square yard. 

A short section of Fellsway East from Pleasant Street to 
Pine Street, containing about 15,000 square yards of sur- 
face, was treated with " tarvia," a special preparation of 
coal tar. 

This section of macadam roadway was in very poor con- 
dition, and needed resurfacing. The " tarvia " treatment 
was considered the most economical method, as, besides pro- 
viding resurfacing at a low cost, it also eliminated dust and 
furnished a surface which was not easily stripped by auto- 
mobile travel. 

This work was done by the forces from Eevere Beach 
Eeservation, who have had experience in this class of work, 
and the cost, including materials, has been about 9 cents per 
square yard. 

Mystic Valley Parkway, — The roadways of this parkway, 
with a total length of about 3 miles, or 64,000 square yards 
of surface, have been treated with the tar and oil mixture, 
the same as used on Middlesex Fells Parkway. The results 
on the greater part of this parkway have been somewhat 
Ijetter than on the Middlesex Fells Parkway, and this is due, 
in my opinion, to the fact tjiat the roadways on which the 
better results were obtained were constructed with gravel sur- 
faces. The work was done by the reservation forces, and 
the cost was the same, about 4 cents per square yard. 

Construction plans for a reinforced concrete arch bridge 
for the drive over Alewif e Brook are being prepared. 

Nahant Beach Parkway. — Specifications have been pre- 
pared to accompany plans prepared last year for the construc- 
tion of a bridle path from a point just south of the bath-house 
to the end of the parkway taking in Nahant, a distance of 
about 1.65 miles. 

The path is 12 feet in width, and is located on the top of 
the beach, parallel to and east of the N'ahant Eoad. It is 
constructed with a base of soft-coal cinders 3 inches in depth. 



56 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

and a top surfacing 3 inches in thickness, composed of a mix- 
ture of clay, sand and loam. 

On March 1, 1907, the following bids were received : — 

Per Lin. Ft 

John F. Gill Company, Somerville, .... $0 54 

Coleman Brothers, Boston, 52 

M. McDonough, Swampscott, 49 

The proposal of M. McDonough was accepted, and the 
work was begun on March 4, 1907, and completed on May 
15, 1907. 

The total cost of this work has been as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 103, .... $4,267 90 

Incidentals, 32 16 

Engineering and inspection, . . . . . 311 80 



Total, $4,611 86 

The raising of the grade of Washington Street by the city 
of Lynn made necessary the raising of the grade of the traffic 
road at its junction with Washington Street. 

In consideration of a release of claims for damages, the 
city of Lynn made the necessary filling and this Conmiission 
paid the cost of taking up and relaying the granite block pav- 
ing and the edgestone. 

On April 25, 1907, the following proposals were re- 
ceived : — 

C. F. Dudley, Reading, $850 00 

M. McDonough, Swampscott, 712 50 

Coleman Brothers, Boston, 527 50 

The work was done by Coleman Brothers, and the total 
cost of the work, including cost of raising catch-basins, which 
was not included in their proposal, has been $600.95, exclu- 
sive of engineering and inspection. 

Revere Beach Parkway. — The bridge over the Boston, 
Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad near Beachmont was designed 
for a 2-inch spruce plank floor, and was so constructed. It 
was necessary to renew this floor about every four or five 
. years. This became necessary this year, and it was decided 
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This method, although costing more, will probably last three 
or four times as long and will be economical in the end. The 
work was done by the reservation forces, and the total cost 
was $407.40, exclusive of engineering and inspection. 

At the time of the last report the work of treating the road- 
ways of the parkway with '' tarvia " had been completed but 
a short time, and sufficient time had not elapsed to determine 
its effectiveness and durability. The roads treated have now 
had the test of one year, with rather unusually severe winter 
conditions attending, and in my judgment the treatment has 
proven very satisfactory in protecting the road surfaces and 
abating the dust nuisance. At the end of last winter one 
portion of the roadway showed signs of scaling, and I am of 
the opinion that this was chiefly due to the fact that an ex- 
cessive amount of clay binder was used in the construction 
of the macadam surfacing, which prevented the proper pene- 
tration of the " tarvia." Even after the scaling of the top 
surfacing of " tarvia " and screenings, the road remained 
in good condition and appeared to have received some benefit 
from the treatment. 

One other section of the roadway was too lightly treated, 
i.e., too little material was used, or it penetrated more rap- 
idly or to a greater extent than ordinarily, as the larger stones 
of the macadam were not covered with the surfacing of 
" tarvia " and screenings. The road, however, seemed to be 
thoroughly bonded, and remained in good condition. 

With the exception of these instances, the treated roadways 
were in excellent condition throughout the winter and spring, 
and it was evident that, generally, winter conditions and 
frost had no bad effects. The roadways have been clean and 
free from dust or mud, and the surfaces protected from the 
wear of the automobile travel, which is particularly heavy on 
this parkway. 

In July of this year some other portions of the roadways 
began to show the effects of wear, and during July and Au- 
gust about one-half of the 3% miles treated last fall, includ- 
ing the section which scaled and the section which was im- 
properly treated, were re-treated with " tarvia," and the 
balance of the 3% miles were patched where necessary. The 
cost, during this year, of maintenance of the " tarvia " sur- 



58 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

facing done last year, including re-treatment and patching, 
has been at an average of 3% cents per square yard. 

In addition to the maintenance of that laid in 1906, 4^ 
to 5 miles, or about 90,000 square yards of roadway, have been 
treated with this same material in the various parkways and 
reservations. The whole of Revere Beach Parkway, from 
Charles Eliot Circle, Revere, to Middlesex Eells Parkway, 
Medford, is now covered. The average cost of all the new 
work done this year has been 7.3 cents per square yard. 

Winchester-Wohum Parkway. — Preliminary and topo- 
graphical surveys and plans are being made of the section 
along the shore of Horn Pond, Wobum. 

N Resbevations. 

Blue Hills Reservation. — Plans have been prepared and 
engineering services furnished for the construction of a border 
road from Randolph Avenue to Forest Street. The work has 
been done by the reservation forces, and has been completed. 

Charles River Reservation. — The work of surfacing and 
finishing at Boylston Street Bridge, Newton Upper Falls, 
which was begun on Sept. 26, 1906, under contract with 
David R. Courtney, was discontinued" during the winter, and 
was completed April 30, 1907. The delay in this work was 
caused by delays in the work of the city of Newton in com- 
pleting the culvert bridge across Boylston Street, and of the 
Boston & Worcester Street Railway Company in relocating 
its tracks on the new bridge. 

The total cost of this work has been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 

No. 92a, $570 43 

Engineering and inspection, . . 213 28 

$783 71 

Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 

Construction, contract No. 92a, . $968 26 

Incidentals, 283 87 

Engineering and inspection, . . 288 02 

1,540 15 

Total $2,323 86 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 48. 59 

The work of building to subgrade road along the Charles 
Eiver, through the United States Arsenal grounds, from 
Arsenal Street to North Beacon Street, Watertown, has been 
completed. 

This work, which was being done under a contract with 
Broderick & Donovan, was begun Aug. 20, 1906, and should 
have been finished before winter, but on account of unsatis- 
factory progress was not completed until June 1, 1907. 

The total cost of this work has been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 

No. 100, .... . $9,788 62 

Engineering and inspection, 829 14 

$10,617 76 

Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 

Construction, contract No. 100, $4,156 60 

Incidentals, 373 75 

Engineering and inspection, . . 797 28 

5,327 63 



Total, • . . $15,945 39 

The elevations of this road were established below that of 
extreme high tide, expecting that the water in the Charles 
River Basin would be controlled at a permanent elevation 
of 8.0 before this time. As the work of the Charles Eiver 
Basin Commission is not yet far enough advanced to shut out 
the tide water, it will be necessary to await such time as it 
shall be, before the work of surfacing and finishing this sec- 
tion of road can be done. 

In June of this year the Charles River Road from North 
Beacon Street to Riverside Street, Watertown, was treated 
with a petroleum product known as " asphaltoilene." This 
material was furnished and applied to the road surface by 
the Good Roads Improvement Company of Cincinnati, O. 
It is a Kentucky oil, with the naphtha and other volatile 
substances removed, leaving a heavy asphalt base, which is 
applied in its natural state, without heating, by means of a 
machine especially adapted to this class of work. 

This road is about 1 mile in length, and is constructed with 



60 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

a gravel surface. Practically no cleaning was necessary be- 
fore the application, and after it a light sprinkling of gravel 
was spread over some portions to absorb the surplus oil. The 
cost of this treatment was 6 cents per square yard. About 
14,675 square yards of roadway were treated, at a total cost 
of $880.50. 

The road has been in excellent condition since its treat- 
ment, and has required no watering and no repairs. There 
is no offensive odor from this oil, and it appears to be par- 
ticularly effective in the prevention of dust and the protection 
of the road surface, especially in the case of gravel-surfaced 
roads. 

Lynn Shore Reservation. — Construction plans and speci- 
fications have been prepared for the extension of the sea wall, 
drive and promenade from the point where the former con- 
struction ended, near Prescott Place, to Washington Street, 
Lynn, where a connection is made with Nahant Beach Park- 
way. 

On April 15, 1907, the following bids were received for 
this work : — 

McHale & Perkins, Jamaica Plain, .... $117,482 00 

George M. Bryne Company, Boston, .... 116,335 00 

Hugh Nawn Contracting Company, Roxbury, . . 114,309 50 

D. F. O'Connell, Dorchester, 108,808 00 

Rowe & Perini, Melrose, 97,099 00 

Jones & Meehan, Boston, 93,677 00 

T. Stuart & Son Company, Newton, .... 93,223 00 

Daniel J. Kiley, Boston, 92,005 20 

M. McDonough, Swampscott, . . . . . 89,725 00 

Coleman Brothers, Boston, 87,667 50 

Richmond F. Hudson, Melrose, 87,381 50 

On account of the fact that Coleman Brothers had built 
the first section of this work from Swampscott to Red Rock, 
and were particularly well equipped with men and plant and 
experienced in this class of work, it was deemed advisable 
to award the contract to them. The work was begun April 
23, 1907, carried on at a. good rate of progress and completed 
on Dec. 7, 1907. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 61 

The sea wall is built of Portland cement concrete, and is 
practically of the same form and section as that of the por- 
tion built three years ago. The concrete sea wall now extends 
along the entire shore from Monument Square, Swampscott, 
to a point at the foot of Nahant Street, Lynn, except a section 
about 500 feet in length along the Woodbury property, where 
a substantial stone masonry wall existed at the time the land 
was acquired by the Commonwealth. From Nahant Street 
to Washington Street, along what was formerly Oceanside 
Park, a stone wall existed also, which was in good condition, 
and was not replaced with concrete. 

The drive and promenade are also now completed the 
entire distance from Monument Square, Swampscott, to Na- 
liant Beach Parkway at Washington Street, Lynn. 

The total cost of the work under this contract has been as 
follows : — 

Construction contract, No. 104, .... $82,886 53 

Steel reinforcing bars, 1,116 33 

Incidentals, 1,318 79 

Engineering and inspection, . . . . . 3,90i 46 



Total, $89,226 11 

Plans and specifications have been prepared for a galvan- 
ized-iron rail fence to be erected on the top of the sea wall. 
Bids were asked for the fence, both with posts made up of 
wrought-iron pipe and malleable iron fittings, and also with 
cast-iron posts. 

On July 29, 1907, the following bids were received: — 



James W. Sederquist, . 

A. B. Robbins Iron Company, 

A. B. Robbins Iron Company, 

W. A. Snow Iron Works, Incorporated, 

W. A. Snow Iron Works, Incorporated, 



$1.91 per lineal foot, with 

wrought-iron posts. 
1 . 83 per lineal foot, with 

wrought-iron posts. 
1.66 per lineal foot, with 

cast-iron posts. 
1.73 per lineal foot, with 

wrought-iron posts. 
1 . 43 per lineal foot, with 

cast-iron posts. 



62 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

The proposal of W. A. Snow Iron Works for the fence 
with cast-iron posts at $1.43 per lineal foot was accepted. 
The shop work was begun immediately, and the erection of 
the fence is now in progress. 

The appearance of the cast-iron posts is identical with that 
of the made-up wrought-iron posts used in the fence previously 
constructed on the northerly portion of the sea wall, and is 
equally strong. 

The estimated cost of this work to Dec. 1, 1907, has been 
as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 110, $2,145 00 

Middlesex Fells Reservation. — Supervision and engineer- 
ing services have been furnished by this department for the 
work of reconstructing and surfacing with macadam the por- 
tion of Main Street, Stoneham, from Bear Hill Road to 
South Street, a distance of about 3,500 feet. The crushed 
stone for this work was obtained from Lynn Fells Parkway^ 
where the rock excavated in the grading was being crushed. 
The work was done by the reservation forces, under the di- 
rection of Superintendent Price. The total cost of this work, 
exclusive of engineering and inspection, has been $4,102.78. 

Mystic River Reservation. — The work of building the two 
reinforced concrete bridges, one near the Armory and one at 
Auburn Street, Medf ord, has been completed. 

The total cost of the work at Armory Bridge has been as 
follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 



$25,974 92 



No. 98, 


$24,154 35 


Engineering and inspection, 


1,820 57 


Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 




Construction, contract No. 98, . 


$4,607 90 


Concrete blocks, . . . . 


518 70 


Incidentals, 


75 56 


Engineering and inspection, 


793 49 



5,995 65 
Total, ; $31,970 57 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 63 

The total cost of the work at Auburn Street Bridge has 
been as follows: — 



Previously reported : — 
Construction and .incidentals, contract 

No. 99, 

Engineering and inspection. 

Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 
Construction, contract No. 99, . 
Concrete blocks, . . . . 

Incidentals, 

Engineering and inspection. 



Total, 



$24,755 34 
1,555 99 


$26,311 33 
3,215 08 


»2,229 23 

78 00 

99 16 

808 69 




... 


$29,526 41 



Dredging in the Mystic River has been in progress during 
the year for the widening, deepening and straightening of the 
channel in accordance with the recommendations of the State 
Board of Health, in connection with the proposed construc- 
tion of a dam and tide gates near Cradock Bridge, and the 
establishment of a permanent water level for the sanitary 
improvement of the Mystic River and Alewife Brook. The 
total cost of this work, exclusive of engineering and inspec- 
tion, has been $4,117.19. 

Plans and specifications for the construction of an addi- 
tional span to Cradock Bridge, boat lock and dam have been 
prepared. 

The work consists of building river walls, a boat lock 15 
feet by 40 feet, canoe runway, weirs, tide gates and sluices, 
and also an additional span to Cradock Bridge for the passage 
of boats which go through the lock or over the runway, the 
other openings of the bridge being necessary for the outflow 
of the gates. 

This work is to be built entirely of plain and reinforced 
concrete, except the movable parts which are of iron or wood. 

On June 18, 1907, the following bids were received: — 

Jones & Meehan, Boston, S52,750 00 

Austin Engineering and Construction Company, Boston, 39,015 00 



64 METEOPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

The contract was awarded to the lowest bidders, the Austin 
Engineering and Construction Company, the work was begun 
on July 1, 1907, and is now in progress. The rate of progress 
has been very slow and unsatisfactory and the work cannot 
be completed before next summer. 

The estimated cost of this work to Dec. 1, 1907, has been 
as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 107, .... $14,375 00 

Incidentals, 393 07 

Engineering and inspection, 1,942 37 



Total, $16,710 44 

Construction plans and specifications have been prepared 
for a concrete and steel bridge for the Southern Division of 
the Boston & Maine Railroad over the reservation drive. 

The bridge is to be a segmental arch of 56-foot span and 
31 feet in width, to carry two tracks. It is to be constructed . 
entirely of concrete, reinforced with " Johnson " corrugated 
bars. The spandrel, wing and parapet walls are of mono- 
lithic construction, with the faces picked to remove the marks 
of the forms and give an even appearance. The trimmings, 
i.e., the arch ring, quoins, corbels and coping, are of molded 
block concrete, made some time before required for use, and 
set in place in the same manner as if stone were used. The 
faces of the molded block are bush hammered, making a con- 
trast with the monolithic work. 

On July 8, 1907, the following bids were received : — 

Patrick McGovern, Boston, $28,495 00 

T. Stuart & Son Company, Newton, . . r , 28,250 00 
Coleman Brothers, Boston, 28,000 00 

The contract was awarded to Coleman Brothers, the work 
was begun July 22, 1907, and is now in progress and nearly 
completed. 

Before beginning this work it was necessary to construct a 
temporary trestle for the operation of trains. It was built 
outside the location of the bridge and westerly therefrom. 
The work was done by the Boston & Maine Railroad Com- 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 65 

pany, the cost to be paid by this Commission. The trains 
began running on the temporary trestle on July 29, 1907, 
and it is expected that they will be able to resume running 
on the original location over the new bridge about Jan. 1, 
1908. 

The estimated cost of this work to Dec. 1, 1907, has been 
as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 109, .... $26,960 00 

Steel reinforcing bars, 1,218 03 

Incidentals, 296 46 

Engineering and inspection, 1,388 44 



Total, $29,862 93 

The roadway of the portion of Auburn Street, West Med- 
f ord, which comes within the reservation, and the location of 
which was changed by the construction of the drive and the 
new bridge over the river, has been surfaced with macadam. 
The work was done by Coleman Brothers, under an extra 
order on their contract for building the concrete bridge, was 
begun Oct. 3, 1907, and completed Nov. 12, 1907. The total 
cost of this work was $2,384.92, exclusive of engineering and 
inspection. 

Nantasket Beach Reservation. — Engineering services and 
supervision have been furnished by this department for the 
work of resurfacing, with gravel. County Eoad for the entire 
distance that it passes through the reservation, about 3,800 
feet in length. 

On account of the difficulty of obtaining suitable binding 
gravel in the vicinity of this reservation, it was decided to 
get it from a bank on land of the Commonwealth in Blue 
Hills Reservation, West Quincy. It was loaded upon the cars 
at West Quincy by the forces of the Blue Hills Reservation 
and shipped to Nantasket Beach Reservation over the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. A very good quality 
of binding gravel was obtained, and the cost of the material 
delivered at Nantasket was about the same as that for which 
it had formerly been furnished by local parties. The work 
of unloading the material and resurfacing the road was done 



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by the reservation forces. It was begun Sept. 14, 1907, and 
was completed Oct. 13, 1907. The total cost of the work was 
$1,856.39, and 7,600 square yards of roadway were resur- 
faced at an average cost of 24 cents per square yard. 

Quincy Shore Reservation. — The work of subgrading the 
shore drive and beach slopes under contract with Newell & 
Snowling Construction Company was practically completed 
Dec. 31, 1906. The surface of the section of the shore from 
which the filling material was excavated with a steam scraper 
was not leveled to a safe and satisfactory condition, and 
$2,500 has been held back from money due the contractor 
until such time as it shall be made satisfactory. 

The total estimated cost of this work has been as follows : — 

Previously reported : — 
Construction and incidentals, contract 

No. 93, $66,525 04 

Engineering and inspection, . . 4,376 67 

$70,901 71 

Year ending Nov. 30, 1907 : — 

Construction, contract No. 93, . . $2,408 38* 

Incidentals, 736 13 

Engineering and inspection, . . 617 21 

3,761 72 

. Total, $74,663 43 

Plans and specifications have been prepared for surfacing 
and finishing the entire work from Atlantic Street to Na- 
tional Sailors' Home, a distance of about 2.2 miles. 

On April 24, 1907, the following bids were received : — 



Bruno, Salomone & Petitti, Boston, 
Richmond F. Hudson, Melrose, . 
John E. Palmer, Boston, . 
T. Stuart & Son Company, Newton, 
John F. Gill Company, Somerville, 
ColemamBrothers, Boston, 



$75,835 00 
67,155 00 
66,040 00 
56,825 00 
48,384 00 
45,192 50 



The contract was awarded to Coleman Brothers, the lowest 
bidders, the work was begun May 1, 1907, is now in progress 
and nearly completed. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 48. 67 

Incidental to this work and under an extra order on the 
contract, landing floats and pier have been constructed on the 
shore opposite the end of Appleton Street. 

The estimated cost of the work under this contract has 
been as follows : — 

Construction, contract No. 105, $50,375 60 

Incidentals, 2,506 22 

Engineering and inspection, 2,985 95 



Total, $55,867 77 

Where required for proper protection, fences of spruce 
lumber have been constructed. The work has been done by 
the reservation forces, and the total cost has been $1,624.73. 
A total length of 6,241 feet of fence has been built, at an 
average cost of 26 cents per lineal foot. 

Revere Beach Reservation. — The surface of the shore 
drive from a point about 500 feet north of Charles Eliot 
Circle to Eevere Street has been treated with " tarvia." 
From Eevere Street north about three-quarters of a mile 
the surface has been treated with " asphaltoilene." These 
treatments were made in the same manner as previously de- 
scribed, and the results have been entirely satisfactory. The 
" tarvia " surface along the section most frequented by the 
large crowds has been especially so, on account of its cleanli- 
ness and freedom from dust, and the ease with which it can 
be kept clean. About 22,825 square yards of macadam sur- 
face were treated with " tarvia," at a total cost of $1,315.37, 
an average cost of 5.7 cents per square yard, which is unusu- 
ally low. This low cost was principally due to the fact that 
little cleaning was necessary before the application, thereby 
reducing the cost of labor. 

About 17,090 square yards of macadam surface were 
treated with " asphaltoilene," at a total cost of $1,025.40, 
an average cost of 6 cents per square yard. 

Winthrop Shore Reservation. — The roadway surface of 
the entire length of the drive has been treated with " tarvia." 
About 23,500 square yards have been covered, at a total cost 
of $1,635.95, an average cost of 7 cents per square yard. 



68 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



Eighty jpermits for work in the reservations and parkways 
have been issued to cities, towns, corporations and individuals 
during the year, and the total cost of inspection of this work 
has been $409.53. 

The bridges under the care and control of the Commission 
have been inspected twice during the year, and reports of 
their condition made to the Secretary. Supervision has been 
furnished for all necessary repairs. 

The Commission has taken the lead in this section in the 
movement for the protection of the roads against the wear 
of the automobile travel, by authorizing experiments with 
the various materials offered, and by the use, to a considera- 
ble extent, of those materials which appeared to have the 
most value for the purpose. By so doing the roads have been 
kept in generally good condition, and at a reasonably low cost 
in comparison with the cost of repairs if they had not been 
treated. 

It is my opinion that this work should be continued, and 
that all the parkway and reservation roads should be pro- 
tected by some treatment of tar or oil. Although this work 
may seem costly in comparison with the expense of mainte- 
nance in the past, it undoubtedly is much cheaper in the long 
run than allowing the roads to be destroyed, and it has the 
further advantage of providing clean, dustless- roads at all 
times. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN R. RABLIN, 

Engineer, 
Dec. 1, 1907. 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 69 

The following tables are appended to this report : — 

Table 1. Lengths of parkways. 
Table 2. Summary of plan work. 
Table 3. Sunmiary of vouchers. 
Table 4. Summary of cost of engineering. 
Table 5. Prices for items of construction. 



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Blue Hills: Mattapan Square to Har- 
land Street Entrance of Blue Hills 
Reservation, Boston and Milton, 


2.27 






2.27 


Fresh Pond: Mount Auburn Street to 
Huron Avenue, Cambridge, 


.52 


- 


- 


.52 


Furnace Brook: Menymount Park to 
Blue Hills Reservation, Quincy, 


1.49 


.84 


.90 


3.23 


Lynn Fells Parkway: Middlesex Fells 
• Reservation to Green Street, Stone- 
ham, and Melrose, .... 


.52 


.46 


.06 


1.04 


Lynnwa.y: Revere Beach Reservation 
to northerly side of Saugus River, Re- 
vere and Lynn, .... 


.69 


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_ 


.69 


Middlesex Fells: Broadway to Middle- 
sex Fells Reservation, Somerville, 
Medford and Maiden, 


4.60 




.51 


5.11 


Mystic Valley: High Street to Middle- 
sex Fells Reservation, Medford and 
Winchester, 


2.90 






2.90 


Nahant Beach: Lynn Line at Washing- 
ton Street to Spring Road, Nahant, . 


.25 


- 


1.98 


2.23 


Neponset River: junction of River 
Street and Damon Street to Blue Hills 
Reservation, 


.53 




1.71 


2.24 


Revere Beach: Revere Beach Reserva- 
tion to Middlesex Fells Parkway and 
Mystic River Reservation, Revere, 
Chelsea, Everett and Medford, . 


5.24 






5.24 


Winthrop Parkway: Charles Ehot Circle 
to Leverett Avenue, Revere, . 


- 


- 


.42 


.42 


Totals, 


19.01 


1.30 


5.58 


25.89 



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Alewif e Brook, . 


- 


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4 


109 


- 


7 


- 


9 


129 


Blue Hills. . 


1 


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1 


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2 


Furnace Brook, . 


1 


4 


2 


4 


- 


- 


8 


1 


18 


38 


Lynn Fells, 


2 


5 


1 


- 


1 


- 


6 


- 


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15 


Middlesex Fells, . 


1 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


6 


- 


1 


7 


Mystic Valley. . 


2 


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- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


2 


Nahant Beach, . 


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1 


- 


- 


- 


- 


2 


- 


2 


5 


Revere Beach, 


- 


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- 


- 


- 


7 


- 


- 


- 


7 


Winthrop, . 


2 






- 


- 


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- 


- 


2 


Lynnway, . 


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1 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


1 


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110 


7 


29 


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- 


4 


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1 


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- 


- 


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5 


Charles River, 


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1 


1 


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2 


- 


10 


31 


Lynn Shore, 


5 


13 


- 


2 


1 


- 


3 


- 


29 


53 


Middlesex Fells, . 


- 


- 


1 


2 


- 


- 


1 


2 


4 


10 


Mystic River, 


- 


41 


- 


2 


- 




2 


- 


31 


76 


Nantasket Beach, 


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2 


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- 


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- 


- 


- 


2 


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- 


1 




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- 


- 


3 


- 


- 


4 


Quincy Shore, 


- 


11 




- 


1 


- 


- 


1 


49 


62 


Revere Beach, 


- 


2 


1 


1 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


4 


Stony Brook, 


- 


- 


- 


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- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


2 


^nthrop Shore, . 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


- 


1 


- 


- 


1 


Totals, 


14 


82 


2 


11 


3 


- 


12 


3 


123 


250 


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23 


93 


5 


19 


113 


7 


41 


4 


163 


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FINANCIAL STATEMENT, 



Dec. 1, 1906, to Dec. 1, 1907. 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund $8,765,000 00 

Receipts added to loan before June 1, 1901, 108.334 01 



Expenditures, 

Blue Hills Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Fay rolls $22 60 

Expenses, ^05 



$24 65 

Land experts, 25 00 



Middlesex Fells Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, . . ' . . $163 38 

Expenses, 1 00 



Landscape Architects: — 

Services, $1,387 29 

Expenses, ..... 174 29 



Revere Beach Reservation: — 
Construction: — 

Contract, E. W. Everson & Co., . $1,500 00 
Labor and materials, . . . 128 13 



Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $186 43 

Expenses, 87 05 



Stony Brook Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, ..... $63 20 

Expenses, 4 26 



Beaver Brook Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, ..... $3 92 

Expenses 55 



$154 38 



1,661 68 



$1,628 13 



272 48 



$67 45 



$4 47 



Landscape Architects, expenses, .... 2 20 



$8,963,334 01 



$49 65 



1.716 96 



1,900 61 



67 45 



6 67 



Amounta carried forward^ . $3,740 34 $8,963,334 01 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 79 

Amourda brought forward, $3,740 34 $8,063 334 01 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls. ..... $5 50 

Expenses, 50 

$6 00 

Landscape Architects, services 10 00 

16 00 

Charles River Reservation: — 

Land, $200 00 

Construction: — 

Contract, Broderick & Donovan, $10,317 10 

Labor and materials, . . . 1,184 00 

11,501 10 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $1,370 33 

Expenses, 50 85 

1,421 18 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services, $527 90 

Expenses 31 29 

659 19 

Legal 400 00 

Miscellaneous, 64 06 

14,135 63 

Neponset River Reservation: — 

Land $3,368 57 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolb, . . . . . $54 80 

Expenses 8 73 

63 53 

3,432 10 

Mystic River Reservation: — 

Land, $2,760 00 

Construction: — 
Contracts: — 
Austin Engineer- 
ing and Con- 
struction Co., . $11,307 55 
Coleman Bros., . 30,629 09 
Rowe&Perim, . 9,781 46 

$61,718 09 

Labor and materials, . . . 6,640 04 

58,258 13 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $5,099 86 

Expense, 1,184 06 

6,283 91 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services, ...... $94 90 

Expenses, 8 60 

103 40 

Wheelwright & Haven, architects, . . 254 50 

Advertising 141 50 

Miscellaneous, 89 47 

67,880 91 

Lynn Shore Reservation: — 

Land $32,500 00 

Construction: — 

Contract, Coleman Bros., . . $64,037 11 

Labor and materials, . . . 1,757 63 

66,794 74 

Amounts carried forward, .... $98,294 74 $89,204 88 $8,963,334 01 



80 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Amounts brought forward f 08,294 74 t89,204 88 $8,003,334 01 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $3,952 46 

Expenses, 752 26 

■■ 4,704 72 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services $281 84 

Expenses, 8 35 

290 10 

Legal 7 26 

Land experts, 450 00 

Riprap 146 00 

Advertising 185 08 

Miscellaneous, 53 05 

104,132 02 

Quincy Shore Reservation: — 

Land $2,071 71 

Construction: — 
Contracts: — 

Coleman Bros., . $30,045 75 
Ruggles & Fallon. 247 21 

Newell & Snow- 
ling Construc- 
tion Co., . 11,788 80 

$51,081 85 

Labor and materials, . 4,341 07 

56,322 02 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $3,765 50 

Expenses, 482 76 

4,248 26 

Land experts 33 00 

Architects, . 25 00 

Advertising 144 37 

Miscellaneous, 50 30 

62.805 56 

Winthrop Shore Reservation: — 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $23 05 

Expenses, 88 

$24 83 

24 83 

King's Beach Reservation: — 

Engineering, pay rolls, $13 50 

13 50 

Boylston Street Bridge: — 

Construction: — 

Contract, D. R. Courtney, . $1,402 00 

Labor and materials, . . 307 43 

$1,700 52 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $435 85 

Expenses, 26 38 

462 23 

2,261 75 

Alewife Brook purification: — 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $1,003 27 

Expenses, 65 17 

$1,068 44 

Land experts 320 00 

1,388 44 

Amounts carried forward, $250,020 08 $8,963,334 01 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 81 

Amounts brought forward $259,920 98 18,963,334 01 

General expense: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rollp $862 04 

Expenses, 404 89 

$1,266 93 

Legal 2,729 49 

Claims, 1,025 00 

5,011 42 



$264,932 40 

Amounts charged to Dec. 1, 1906 8,332,114 61 

8,697,047 01 



Balance in hands of State Treasurer, $366,287 00 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II., . 


. 


. $5,085,000 00 




ae 1. 1901. . 


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. . 29.907 41 




$5,114,907 41 




Expenditures, 




Blue Hills Parkway: — 








Engineering: — 








Payrolls 


$51 72 






Expenses, . . ... 


7 48 


$59 20 
















$59 20 






Middlesex Fells Parkway: — 








Land 




$5,394 04 




Ck)nstruction: — 








Contract, Howe & Perini, . 


$4,982 06 






Labor and materials, . 


606 13 


5.588 19 





Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $1,148 83 

Expenses, 56 92 



Landscape Architects: — 

Services $286 92 

Expenses 26 53 



1,205 75 



Tarvia, 




313 45 
1,252 18 




Advertising 




144 60 




Miscellaneous, .... 




58 96 






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13,957 17 






Mystic Valley Parkway: — 








Construction: — 








Contract, Coleman Bros., . 


$4,000 00 






Labor and materials, . 


38 18 







Engineering: — 

Payrolls $3,138 18 

Expenses 113 59 



Landscape Architects: — 

Services, $43 40 

Expenses, 45 



$4,038 18 



3,251 77 



43 85 



Amounts carried forward $7,333 80 $14,016 37 $5,114,907 41 



82 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Amounts brought forward, .... $7,333 80 114,016 37 $6,114,907 41 

Tarvia 402 00 

Winchester Fund: — 

Bacon Street $2,457 52 

Bath-houses and cement seats, . 401 63 

Canoe landing, .... 95 88 

Office building, .... 32 25 

Substation, 920 98 

Shrubs 191 50 

4,099 76 

11,836 56 

Revere Beach Parkway: — 

Land, $593 16 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $419 05 

Expenses, 49 52 

468 57 

Legal 333 25 

1,394 98 

Neponset River Parkway: — 
Engineering: — 

Payrolls $81 15 

Expenses, 5 96 

$87 11 

87 11 

Fresh Pond Parkway: — 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services, $4 88 

Expenses, 40 

$5 28 

5 28 

Furnace Brook Parkway: — 

Land, $10,829 28 

Construction: — 

Contract, Hugh Nawn Cons. Co., $13,625 76 

Labor and materials, . . . 4,062 72 

17,688 47 

Engineering: — 

Payrolls $1,948 16 

Expenses 120 21 

2,068 37 

Land experts, 25 00 

Architects, 125 00 

Substation, part payment, . . . . . 500 50 

31,236 62 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 

Construction: — 

Contract, Michael McDonough, . $4,267 90 
Labor and materials, . . . 600 95 

$4,868 85 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $1,554 32 

Expenses, . . . . . 74 39 

1,628 71 

Legal, 3 25 

Pumping plant, 532 68 

Advertising, 3 50 

Drinking fountain, 56 00 

7,092 99 

Lynn Fells Parkway: — 

Land $4,149 00 



Amounts carried forward, .... $4,149 00 $65,668 91 $5,114,907 41 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT— No. 48. 83 

Amounta brought forward $4.140 00 S65. 668 01 $5,114,907 41 

Construction: — 
Contracts: — 

Coleman Bros.. . $4,588 30 
Rowe&Perini, . 34,800 81 
T. Stuart & Son. 1.627 08 

$40,025 10 

Labor and materials. . . . 12.345 02 

53,271 11 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $3,370 38 

Expenses 335 78 

3,706 16 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services. $73 50 

Expenses. 7 48 

80 08 

Legal 4 60 

61.211 85 

Winthrop Parkway: — 

Land. $300 00 

Construction, labor and materials. ^ . . . 78 10 

Engineering: — 

payrolls $24 65 

Expenses. 7 00 

31 66 

Land experts. 26 00 

434 65 

Lsomway: — 
Construction, labor and materials. . . $750 00 

Engineering: — < 

Pay rolls $220 44 

Expenses, 18 75 

248 10 

Legal 186 38 

1,184 57 

Charles River Speedway: — 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $26 00 

Expenses 2 01 

$28 01 

N — 28 01 

Blue Hills Roads: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $172 80 

Expenses 11 50 

$184 30 

184 30 

Middlesex Fells Roads: — 
Construction, labor and materials, . . . $138 60 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $70 00 

Expenses. 14 43 

03 43 

Resurfacing of Main Street, . . 3,785 08 

Oiling roads. 00 43 

4.116 44 

General expense: — 

Engineering: — 

Payrolls $1,346 60 

Expenses 665 85 

$2,012 44 

Amounta carried forward $2,012 44 $132,820 72 $5,114,007 41 



84 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Amounts brought forward S2.012 44 $132,829 72 $5,114,907 41 

Landscape Architects: — 

Services $107 46 

Expenses, 1 31 

108 77 

Legal 2,388 16 

Claims 1,026 00 

5,534 37 

$138,364 09 

Amount charged to Dec. 1, 1906 4,603,095 77 

4,641,469 86 

Balance in hands of State Treasurer, $473,447 56 



Metropolitan Parks System Maintenance. 

Appropriation Dec. 1. 1906, to Dec. 1, 1907, ....... $319,011 68 

Expenditures, 

General expense: — 
Police: — 

Pay rolls $57,590 38 

Equipments, 5,686 59 

$63,176 97 

Salaries 10,293 18 

Rent, lighting and care of offices, .... 3,002 62 

Annual report 1,100 62 

Telephones 657 51 

Stationery and printing, 463 94 

Postage, etc 341 82 

Travelling 316 23 

Maps and books, 289 91 

Extra clerical assistance, 228 86 

Filing cabinets, cards, etc 197 89 

Photographs, 65 50 

Account books, 47 36 

Advertising rules, 41 38 

Office repairs 40 24 

Towel supply, 39 30 

Registration of automobiles and licenses, . . 26 50 \ 

Shelves 18 00 

Binder and punch, 14 35 

Typewriter repairs, 13 04 

Office supplies 12 97 

Chairs 12 60 

Wardrobe 11 70 

Spring water, . 10 26 

Desk lamps 10 00 

Cleaning carpet, 8 10 

Rent of t3rpewriter, 8 00 

Suit case, 8 00 

Rubber stamps, 6 20 

Typewriter supplies, 5 60 

Shellacking floor, 5 00 

Packing books and moving, 6 00 

$80,478 42 

Amounts carried forward $80,478 42 $319,011 68 



1908.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 85 

AmoutUa brought forward, 180,478 42 S319.011 68 

Blue Hills Reservation: — 

Labor $17,948 83 

Teaming 1.227 14 

Keep of horses, 3,646 14 

$22,822 11 

Labor and supplies, g3l>sy and brown-tail moth 

work 12,193 31 

General supplies 2,145 36 

Pumping engine and horse wood-saw outfit, 500 00 

Shrubs, 434 50 

Telephones 300 82 

Lighting offices, 178 12 

Snow plows 130 00 

Repairs 116 80 

Water rates 83 45 

Stationery and printing, 64 01 

Express, 41 17 

Laundry, 34 60 

Canvas suits, 15 00 

Travelling - . 12 75 

Game warden, . 1 00 

39,072 90 

Middlesex Fells Reservation: — 
Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work $96,351 64 

Labor, $13,660 66 

Teaming, 3,638 62 

Keep of horses 1,753 27 

19,062 55 

Watering 1,595 97 

Lighting, 666 97 

General supplies 2,308 01 

Telephones, 181 24 

Lighting offices 129 12 

TraveUing, 117 83 

Express, 85 73 

Stationery and printing, 79 29 

Repairs 44 72 

Shed roof at headquarters, 44 00 

Water rates, 40 64 

Cleaning cesspool, • 25 00 

Physician, 3 00 

Post-office box, 1 70 

Checking bundles 20 

-• 119,717 51 

Revere Beach Reservation: — 

Labor $11,230 21 

Keep of horses, 768 32 

$11,998 53 

Watering 2,485 66 

Lighting 5,179 70 

General supplies 1,495 39 

Telephones, 462 12 

Travelling, ^ 134 22 

Lighting offices, 70 00 

Stationery and printing, 59 74 

Water rates 47 00 

Express, 44 84 

Laimdry 34 30 

Damages to dress, 15 00 



Amounts carried forward $22,026 50 $239,268 83 $319,011 68 



86 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

AmourUa brotight forward, .... $22,026 50 $239,268 83 $319,011 68 

Road roller inspection. 5 00 

Cleaning suit. 4 00 

Certified copies. ....... 1 25 



22.036 75 



Stony Brook Reservation: — 

Labor, $3,225 00 

Keep of horses. 798 15 

$4,023 15 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 2,679 83 

General supplies. . 380 04 

Telephones 63 69 

Water rates 42 00 

Repairs. 8 75 

Removing soil. 5 00 

Beaver Brook Reservation: — 

Labor $1,579 70 

Keep of horses. 219 88 

$1,799 58 

Labor, and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work, 888 51 

General supplies. 304 00 

Telephones, 51 52 

Water rates. 19 92 

Repairs. 13 15 

Stationery and printing, 10 36 

Travelling, 4 80 

Sewer rates, . 4 50 

Charles River Reservation: — 
Riverside Section: — 

Labor $5,086 56 

Teaming 1.276 02 

Keep of horses 339 06 

$6,701 64 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 2.989 01 

General supplies. 1,375 78 

Lighting offices, 221 52 

Telephones. 128 39 

Travelling, 82 79 

Stationery and printing, 76 42 

Water rates. 49 73 

Landscape Architects, services. .... 48 12 

Express 34 05 

Repairs, 25 03 

Physician, 22 00 

Lighting. 19 04 

Charles River Reservation: — 
Speedway Section: — 

Labor $9,377 42 

Teaming 1.190 25 

Keep of horses, 1,565 75 

$12,133 42 

Watering 2.249 28 

Lighting 2,286 90 

General supplies 1,641 71 



7.102 46 



3.096 34 



11.773 52 



Amounts carried forward, .... $18,311 31 $283,277 90 $319,011 68 



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Amounts brought forward, .... f 1S,311 31 $283,277 90 S319.011 68 

Labor and supplies, S3npsy and brown-tail moth 

work, 1,499 96 

Loam, 700 00 

Repairs, 147 50 

Telephones, 118 42 

Water rates, 107 60 

Lighting offices, 92 61 

Stationery and printing, 66 82 

Rebuilding fence, 48 75 

Laundry, 47 44 

Travelling, 22 20 

Canvas suits, 15 00 

Express 2 25 



2] 169 75 



Neponset River Reservation: — 

Labor $730 00 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 321 50 

Telephone!!, 33 30 

Water rates, 6 88 

General supplies, 6 85 

Stationery and printing, 4 21 



Mystic River Reservation: — 
Labor and suppUes, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work, $46 29 

Telephones, 41 26 



Lynn Shore Reservation: — 

Labor $1,398 31 

Teaming, 86 90 

Keep of horses, 264 20 



$1,738 41 



1,102 74 



87 64 



Watering 780 43 

Lighting 1,148 00 

General supplies 257 68 

Stationery and printing, 3 20 



Quincy Shore Reservation: — 

Labor, $809 60 

Teaming, 10 00 



3,927 72 



$819 50 

General supplies, 94 43 

Stationery and printing, 4 01 



Winthrop Shore Reservation: — 

Labor $2,847 92 

Teaming 59 60 

Keep of horses, 183 25 



$3,090 67 



917 94 



Watering, 700 21 

Lighting, 631 96 

General supplies, 367 86 

Tar kettle 226 00 

Telephones, 22 03 

Stationery and printing, ...... 6 00 



5.033 71 



Apportionment Commission bill, one-half 838 68 

316,366 98 

Balance, $2,665 70 



88 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



Band Concerts. 

Appropriation 125,000 00 

Blue Hills Division: — 

Band, t936 00 

Band stand. Blue Hill, . $606 00 

Chairs, 30 00 

Shingle stain, 6 00 

Water cooler, 3 60 



545 60 



Middlesex Fells Division: — 

Band $1,939 00 

Band stands, Fellsmere and Man- 
chester Field $1,133 60 

Architects, 79' 17 

Chfurs 62 50 

Shades, 8 16 

Setting up portable band stand and 

delivering chairs, Cradock Field, 28 00 

Storing band stand and chairs, 28 00 

1,339 43 

Lighting 21 23 



Revere Beach Reservation: — 

Band $6,830 00 

Chairs, 13 00 

Lighting, 36 99 



Beaver Brook Reservation: — 






Band 




$964 00 


Band stand, .... 


$525 00 




Architects, 


50 00 




Chairs 


30 00 


605 00 







Charles River Reservation, Riverside Division: — 

Band $2,489 95 

Band stand, Fox Island (part) 191 50 

Lighting, 12 00 



Charles River Reservation, Speedway Division: — 

Band, $668 00 

Band stand: — 

Chairs, $36 00 

Plank, timber and joists, . . 49 67 

Lamp chimneys 1 00 

Lanterns 42 25 

Lettering signs 3 80 



132 72 



Nahant Beach Parkway: — 
Band, $1,456 00 



Nantasket Beach Reservation: — 

Band $5,990 00 

Band stand addition, 427 25 

Card board, 9 00 



$1,481 60 



3,299 66 



6,879 99 



1,569 00 



2,693 45 



800 72 



1,456 00 



6,426 25 
24,606 67 



Balance, $393 33 



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89 



Metropolitan Parks Boulevard Maintenance. 



Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1906, to Dec. 1, 1907, 



»133,3d7 67 



Expenditures. 

General expense: — 
Police: — 

Pay rolls $24,238 49 

Equipment, 4,236 55 

«28,476 04 

Salaries, 9,375 12 

Rent, lighting, and care of offices, 2,900 33 

Stationery and printing, 820 02 

Telephones, 678 41 

Auditing 623 80 

Maps and books, 565 21 

Filing cabinets, cards, etc., 270 49 

Extra clerical assistance, 250 78 

Travelling 241 07 

Typewriter, 98 42 

Advertising rules 92 84 

Stock room shelves, 81 55 

Postage, etc., 78 95 

Towel supply, 45 85 

Registration of automobiles and licenses, . . 44 50 

Building partition. Room 407 38 00 

Ice 30 10 

Ceiling chandeUer, 27 50 

TjT^ewriter supplies, 21 00 

Book cases 20 00 

Storing awnings, 16 10 

Office suppUes, 14 06 

Spring water, 12 35 

Rent of tjrpewritej, 10 50 

Illustrated lecture, 10 00 

Copy cloths, 9 00 

Typewriter repairs 8 96 

Photographs and slides, 8 57 

Office repairs, 7 93 

Mailing tubes, 6 85 

Leather hand bag, 6 50 

Shades 5 27 

Hat tree, 3 38 

Rubber stamps, 1 45 

$44,899 90 

Blue Hills Parkway: — 

Labor $2,164 90 

Teaming, 664 14 

Keep of horses, 697 89 

$3,526 93 

Watering 2,220 71 

Lighting 2,542 94 

General supplies, 653 21 

Labor and suppUes, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 200 00 

Repairs 15 00 

Lighting offices 11 67 

Water rates, 11 17 

Stationery and printing, 10 31 

9,191 94 

Amounts carried forward $54,091 84 $133,367 67 



90 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Amount brought ionoard 954,091 84 $133,367 67 

Middlesex Fells Parkway: — 

Labor, $6,974 11 

Teaming. 1,973 48 

Keep of horses. 550 15 

$8,497 74 

Watering, 2,978 00 

Lighting 6,013 26 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work. 998 91 

General supplies. 996 91 

Repairs. 185 77 

Telephones, 85 51 

Water rates 32 66 

Stationery and printing 30 10 

Lighting offices. 15 95 

Landscape Architects: — ! 

Services $15 23 ! 

Expenses 65 | 

15 88 

Express 5 65 

19.856 34 

Mystic Valley Parkway: — j 

Labor $3,336 90 j 

Teaming 636 38 j 

Keep of horses 256 31 

$4,229 59 

Watering 1,733 68 

Lighting 2,662 54 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work. . . ' 1,996 18 j 

General supplies, 493 99 ! 

Telephones 84 35 

Repairs, 5 80 ! 

11,206 13 

Revere Beach Parkway: — 

Labor $8,225 81 

Teaming, 172 88 

Keep of horses 866 77 

$9,265 46 

Watering 4,883 41 

Lighting 5,508 16 

General supplies, 751 16 

Block pavement 407 40 

Repairs, 296 25 

Trees 125 65 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 98 25 

Stationery and printing, 86 95 

Water rates, 6 00 

21,427 69 ; 

1 

Neponset River Parkway: — ' 

Labor, $624 00 I 

Watering 415 32 

Lighting 448 76 

General supplies 73 13 

Landscape Architects, expenses, .... 3 00 

1,564 21 

Amounta carried forward $108,146 21 $133,367 67 



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Amounts brought forward $108,146 21 $133,367 67 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 

Labor $2,272 08 

Teaming, 55 00 

Keep of horses, 557 12 

$2,884 20 

Watering 809 31 

Lighting, 944 34 

Park seats, 450 00 

General supplies 446 43 

Stationery and printing, 7 42 

Landscape Architects, services, .... 3 70 

Travelling 3 15 

Express 1 75 

5.550 30 

Fresh Pond Parkway: — 

Labor $673 50 

Teaming, 76 50 

Keep of horses, 66 55 

$816 55 

Watering, 499 38 

Lighting 448 76 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth 

work 199 99 

General supplies 147 45 

Shrubs 84 45 

Repairs, 12 64 

Stationery and printing, 5 34 

2,214 56 

Furnace Brook Parkway: — 

Labor $1,679 37 

Teaming 147 27 ' 

Keep of horses 3 15 

$1,829 79 

Watering 518 85 

Lighting 1,166 68 

General supplies, 718 49 

Snow plow, 130 00 

4 363 81 

Lynnway: — 

Labor $5,801 90 

Keep of horses 32 95 

$5,834 85 

Watering. . * 1,102 35 

Lighting 837 70 

General supplies, 241 30 

Trees 52 90 

Stationery and printing, 4 17 

8,073 27 

Apportionment CJommission, one-half, 838 67 

129,186 82 

Balance $4,180 85 



92 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



Nantasket Beach Maintenance. 

Appropristion, Dec. 1, 1906, to Dec. 1, 1G07 $21.000 00 



Expenditures, 



Labor $4,094 03 

Teaming, 101 60 

Keep of horses, 83 65 

$4,279 18 

Police: — 

Pay rolls $11,059 06 

Equipment 736 60 

11,795 66 

Watering, 1,215 70 

Lighting 1,728 32 

General supplies 1,258 54 

Nantasket Avenue repairs, 627 00 

Rent, superintendent's house, 399 96 

Water rates, 315 50 

Telephones 120 05 

Loam 60 00 

Repairs, 29 45 

Express 8 70 

Stationery and printing 4 65 

Freight, 3 35 

21,845 96 

Balance $54 04 



Wellington Bridge Maintenance. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1906, to Dec. 1, 1907 $5,192 40 

Expenditures. 

Labor $2,479 34 

Watering 141 48 

Lighting, 897 50 

General supplies, 410 44 

Power for draw 260 00 

Telephones 68 88 

Water rates 14 52 

Stationery and printing 12 51 

$4,264 67 

Apportionment Commission 742 40 

5,007 07 

Balance $184 33 



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93 



Metropolitan Parks Expense Fund. 



Balance Dec. 1, 1006, 

Reoeiptfl. Dec. 1, 1006, to Dec. 1, 



1007, 



Expenditures* 

Police: — 

Horses $1,400 00 

Police signal desk, 083 00 

Motorcycles, 078 01 

Text books, bandages and examinations, 181 60 

Fines repaid to Newton Police Court, . 130 00 

Rent and care of armory for drill, 100 00 

Transporting prisoners 58 07 

Legal expenses, 60 00 

Speed gauge, 43 76 

Medical advice, 25 00 

Miscellaneous expenses, 15 40 

Blue HiUs Reservation: — 

Repairing buildings $76 31 

Water rates 42 35 

Middlesex Fells Reservation: — 

Animals added to oollectioa, $160 00 

Shrubs 128 85 

Repairing buildings, 147 20 

Trees 30 60 

Water rates, 32 75 

Gleaning cesspool, 00 

Revere Beach Reservation: — 
Bath-house: — 

Pay rolls $17,447 84 

Alterations and repairs, 5,010 70 

Fireproofing walls, 3,000 00 

Bathing suits 2,021 40 

Lighting 1,703 55 

Plumbing 1,663 00 

Coal 1,106 70 

Engine room, .... 1,015 40 

Towels 625 00 

Architects 587 80 

Electrical work, .... 525 55 

Stockings 352 60 

Life saving station, 345 00 

Telephone ssrstem, 334 00 

Valuable envelopes, 208 52 

Ice, ^ 208 00 

Lumber 218 81 

Findings, 108 40 

Tickets 104 05 

Soap 100 07 

Paint 170 76 

Medicines and attendance, . 138 57 

Disinfectant, 134 10 

Doors ^31 35 

Toilet paper 130 77 

Hardware 122 01 



$70,080 41 
00.530 01 

$160,611 32 



$3,000 84 



118 66 



526 30 



AmounU carried forward. 



$38,866 11 



$4,644 80 $160,611 32 



94 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amount$ bnnight forward. 

Bath-house — Con. 

Plastering 

Fire hose, .... 
Stationery, .... 

Baskets 

Bathing caps, 

Key bands, .... 
Furniture, .... 
Water rates, .... 
Caps and bands, employees, 

Acids, 

Mirrors, 

Brass checks, 

Clothing 

Telephones, .... 
Drinking fountain, . • 

Blankets, .... 
Transom, .... 

Polish, 

Fire extinguishers. 

Brushes 

OU 

Brooms, 

Frames, . . ' . 

Extra work in children's room, 

Cheese cloth, .... 

Castors, 

Toys for children's room, . 
Plugs, etc., .... 
Examination electric wiring, 

Mantles, 

Rugs, 

Key blanks 

Employees' badges, 

Towel rack, .... 

Twine, 

Stamp ink 

Numbering lockers, 

Electric iron 

Soda 

Superintendent's expenses, . 
Paint remover. 
Watch clock dials. 
Wringers, .... 

Stencils, 

Hangers, .... 

Feather dusters, . 

Iron rails, .... 

Tide cards 

Gauge glasses. 

Step ladders, .... 

Matches, .... 

Pails 

Electric heater, 

Plumber's friends, 

Electric fan, .... 

Water 

Car fares 

Window shades and cords, . 
Push buttons, etc., 

Amounts carried forward^ 



S38.866 11 


120 00 


92 00 


89 45 


76 46 


75 00 


73 84 


67 27 


62 40 


58 00 


53 64 


50 72 


45 00 


44 75 


35 48 


32 50 


31 94 


31 70 


30 00 


29 65 


28 84 


27 00 


26 05 


25 00 


23 00 


22 50 


21 37 


20 82 


20 64 


20 00 


19 47 


16 20 


16 20 


13 90 


12 75 


12 50 


12 00 


12 00 


11 50 


11 20 


11 10 


10 50 


10 45 


10 30 


10 25 


9 18 


8 80 


8 70 


8 SO 


8 10 


8 00 


7 25 


7 00 


6 00 


6 00 


6 00 


5 60 


4 60 


4 31 


4 23 


$40,493 72 



S4.644 80 $169,611 32 



$4,644 80 $169,611 32 



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95 



AmourUs brought forward, . $40,493 72 

Bath-house — Con. 

Mop handles 4 00 

Watch oil 3 75 

Brushes 3 00 

Photograph supplies, ... 2 93 

Damages to watch, ... 2 76 

Valuable checks, .... 2 61 

Planting, 2 50 

Cement, ...... 2 26 

Batteries, 1 89 

Combs, 1 75 

Brass globes, 1 70 

Express 1 51 

Coin wrappers, .... 1 50 

Charcoal, 1 20 

Starch, 1 20 

Oiler 1 06 

Dipper, 75 

Glass funnels, .... 50 

Pins 45 

Tumblers, 41 

Moth balls, 40 

Steel spring, 26 

Tags, 23 

Rubber stamp, .... 20 

Miscellaneous, 11 56 

$40,544 07 

Gasolene tank, 180 40 

Protecting sand, 168 20 

Dory 92 00 

Stony Brook Reservation: — 

Water rates, $6 00 

Repairing buildings, 3 23 

Beaver Brook Reservation: — 
Lavatory $25 60 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation: — 

Repairing buildings, $210 00 ' 

Water rates, 11 50 



$4,644 80 $169,611 32 



40,984 67 



9 23 



26 60 



221 50 



Charles River Reservation: — 
Riverside Section: — 

Addition to headquarters building, $1,754 15 

Planting, 934 20 

Rent, superintendent's house, .... 360 00 

Gasolene laimch and engine, 800 00 

Band stand, 210 00 

Wagon, harness, etc., I74 80 

Furnace, Seavems house 123 00 

Architects, 166 15 

Water rates, 71 85 

Boom, Upper Falls 62 15 

Changes in boat house, 43 20 

Repairing buildings, 41 80 

Saddle, 36 50 

Engine supplies for launch 27 26 

AmourUa carried forward $4,805 06 $46,885 80 $169,61132 



96 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



4.835 12 



380 50 



244 88 



97 34 



Amounts brought forward $4,805 06 $46,886 80 $1(59,611 32 

Hauling launch, 25 00 

Side lights for launch, ...... 5 06 

Speedway Section: — 
Aaphaltoilene $380 50 

Neponset River Reservation: — 

Repairing buildings, $199 27 

Water rates 45 61 

Mystic River Reservation: — 

Repairing buildings, $66 34 

Water rates, 31 00 

Lynn Shore Reservation: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $71 96 

Expenses, 1 15 

$73 11 

Riprap ^6 88 

Part cost of automobile, 693 00 

Stacey Brook repairs 12 01 

Advertising sale of buildings, . . 15 40 

Blue Hills Parkway: — 
Substation, $1,693 62 

Middlesex Fells Parkway: — 
Loam; $82 00 

Mystic Valley Parkway: — 
Water rates, $11 00 

Revere Beach Parkway: — 

Tarvia $912 33 

Labor, 224 44 

Stone, 164 50 

Neponset River Parkway: — 

Fence, Hemenway Pond, $517 25 

Repairing buildings, 203 42 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 
Bath-house: — 

Payrolls $3,850 51 

Laundry work, .... 486 32 

Towels, 208 33 

Ck>al, 173 75 

Lighting, 116 30 

Telephones, 82 58 

Corrugated matting, ... 78 24 

Paint, 72 57 

Stockings 66 00 

Hardware 53 20 

Oval electric balls, ... 61 00 

Architects, 50 00 

Uniforms, 44 20 

Water rates 38 05 

Lumber, 37 31 

Repairs, 37 30 



1.300 40^ 
1,593 62 

82 00 
11 00 

1.301 27 
720 67 



Amounts carried forward, 



$5,433 66 



$56,462 60 $169,611 



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97 



Amounts brought forward. 



$5,433 66 



156,452 60 $169,611 32 



Bath-house — Con. 

Engine room, .... 34 86 

Key bands 33 05 

Hose 31 00 

Bathing caps, .... 30 00 

Toilet paper, 29 60 

Disinfectant 29 30 

Flags 26 15 

Sockets, 23 76 

Oil 22 75 

Medicines and attendance, . . 15 15 

Gasolene, 14 92 

Findings, 12 50 

Fuses, ....... 11 77 

Stationery 10 49 

Paint brushes, . . 10 25 

Brooms, 9 50 

Electric stove, .... 6 16 

Feather dusters, .... 5 42 

Tide cards, 5 10 

Cleaning cesspool, ... 5 00 

Brushes and combs, ... 4 76 

Soap, 4 00 

Dials 4 00 

Meter rent, 4 00 

Field glass 3 30 

Gold bronze, 2 90 

Pails, 2 50 

Wringer, 2 33 

Rubber gloves, .... 2 25 

Shinola, 2 00 

Cups 1 15 

Brass nozzles, . . . ^ . 1 15 

Polish ' . 1 00 

Dipper, 80 

Shoe brushes 77 

$5,837 28 

Planting, 300 00 

Part cost of automobiles, 200 00 

Work on shrubs, 50 00 

Drinking fountain, 34 90 

Nantasket Beach Reservation: — 
Bath-house: — 

Pay rolls, $5,088 40 

Coal 1,246 00 

Bathing suits, .... 468 50 

Water rates 405 82 

Towels, 160 00 

Stockings, 141 90 

Paint, 94 47 

Stationery, 91 92 

Lighting, 68 76 

Uniforms and badges, ... 55 67 

Engine room, .... 68 70 

Ice 48 56 

Soap 44 63 

Repairs, 39 00 

Medicines and attendance, . . 36 47 

Laundry, 31 95 



6,422 18 



AmourUs carried forward. 



$8,059 74 



$62,874 78 $169,611 32 



98 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. * [Jan. 1908. 



Amounts brought 


foru 


ard. 




$8,059 74 


Bath-house — Con. 




Hardware, .... 


28 09 


Disinfectant, . 








27 60 


Duck coats, . 








27 00 


Telephones, . 








27 00 


Caps and bands, 








24 00 


Tickets, . 








21 60 


Key bands, . 








20 82 


Findings, 








18 44 


Hose, . 








15 50 


Bathing caps, 








15 00 


Stamp ink. 








12 00 


Rubbers for castor 


9, 






9 00 


Labor on piping, 








9 00 


Brooms, . 








8 55 


Express, . 








7 24 


Bathing checks, 








5 78 


Towel crash, . 








4 59 


Postage stamps, 








4 00 


Acme sprayers, 








3 73 


Pails, 








3 30 


Clothes Une, . 








2 78 


Palish, . 








2 50 


Paint brushes. 








2 49 


Oil. . 








1 65 


Hair brushes. 








1 50 


Dust pans. 








1 08 
18.363 88 



162,874 78 $169,611 32 



Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $212 99 

Expenses 13 44 

226 43 

Labor, on Nantasket Avenue. .... 1,063 45 

Repairs to buildings 2,372 67 

Freight on gravel 576 14 

Plumbing 317 40 

Board walk. Wharf Avenue 236 46 

Painting, buildings 215 36 

Range 179 50 

Electric wiring, caf^ building, .... 69 00 

Inspection of electric wiring, 15 00 

Drain pipe rental, 6 00 



13,631 29 



76,506 07 



$93,105 25 



Metropolitan Parks Trust Fund. 



Balance Dec. 1, 1907, 



$978 74 



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