Back of the Hill

Ownership: Boston Conservation Commission 

Neighborhood: Mission Hill 


Back of the Hill Urban Wild is composed of a steep forested slope stretching from Huntington Avenue to Parker Hill Avenue. The only approaches to the wild are from the back of the elderly facility off Huntington Avenue and the end of Colburn Street, a private road owned by NSTAR Electric. NSTAR Electric also owns an adjacent portion of the hill located north of the city-owned conservation land. For years, NSTAR has debated the construction of a transmission station at the base of their land. The southern section of the wild abutting the elderly facility hosts a field of grasses and hedges. Earthworks Projects has strategically planted the lower section of this grassy area in order to prevent erosion near the elderly facility.