Soule Recreation Center
- Green Dog Park
- Multi-Sport Athletic Field
- SplashPad/Water Play Area
- Synthetic Turf Field
- Tennis Courts
- Size: 9.49 acres
- Protection: Article 97, NR, SR, LHD
- Precinct: 15
- Inventory Date: October 26, 2004, revised May 1, 2011
- Vicinity: Surrounded by Hammond, Heath and Woodland Streets and wooded area
About the Recreation Center
The site has a wooded area, a specimen beech tree (which played a deciding role in the location of the rear soccer field), an isolated land area subject to flooding, and an interesting geological history. In addition to puddingstone and other rock outcroppings, the soil content is unique with 11 feet of peat found in one of the fields. Robinson Field, located near the site of the original main house, has 1 soccer field. The property also houses the newly renovated Environmental Education Center. The center has seasonal public restrooms and holds environmental education programs, including our summer and school vacation nature camps. The entire recreation area includes 2 soccer fields, tennis courts, expanded play equipment for both toddlers and school age children, and a splash pad water play area.
In 1961, the town bought this property for recreational purposes. The main house burned in 1963. The carriage house continues to be used as the Soule Recreation Center. The Baldwin School playground is contiguous with the recreation area. The area was renovated in 1995 - 1996 with Urban Self-Help State funds. A design review process began in 2005 to replace the play equipment. In 2007, construction was completed on the new equipment, providing exciting new play opportunities for all ages, as well as a new water play area. In 2011, there was a complete renovation of Lower Soule Field, including the installation of a new synthetic turf soccer field, improved drainage, a new handicap accessible entrance plaza, seating areas, improved site plantings, and replacement of sidewalks and fencing. This renovation was thanks to a generous donation by the Brookline Soccer Club.
Deed / Title / Restrictions
The town acquired the property from Rivers School in 1960 with no restrictions. This property is located in the Chestnut Hill Historic District and is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.