Name: Deforest Street Urban Wild – Hyde Park
Ownership: Boston Conservation Commission (transferred from Neighborhood Development)
Size: .91 acres (9 parcels)
Deforest Urban Wild is a small urban wild perched high atop Hyde Park’s Grew Hill. It is particularly valuable as a wildlife corridor given its proximity and connectivity with adjacent open space – notably the George Wright Golf Course and Stoney Brook State Reservation. With direct public access off of Deforest Street, it features a wild meadow atop a forested hillside that commands scenic views of the Blue Hills State Reservation in winter.Despite some encroachment and past dumping, the site also provides a visual reprieve in this otherwise thickly settled area. Members of the immediate neighborhood formed a friends group and successfully lobbied for the conservation of this land.