Thank you for your interest in the Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL) project!

6/21/19 NewCAL Project Update – The turnout was amazing at the Community update meeting last night! Thank you all so much for attending. Your feedback is so important to this process. Copies of the complete 06/20/19 presentation and the complete list of City owned parcels, have been uploaded to the website.

5/10/19  NewCAL Project Update – As part of the Planning and Site Selection Process, please review the following documents: NewCAL Project Status and MBTA Bus Routes Map City of Newton.

UPDATE: The next Community Update meeting is scheduled in the Fall – on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00PM. 

Note from Josh Morse (Public Buildings Commissioner, Public Buildings Department, City of Newton):

“The NewCAL project architect, Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA), is no longer in business. Recognizing how important a design team is to our project and stakeholders, we have moved expeditiously to secure a top notch firm to continue all the great work which has been done to date. Interestingly, the City of Newton has already vetted a number of architectural firms through our Designer Selection Committee to be available as needed when projects arise, and one of those firms is Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. (BH+A) who has extensive experience in the design and construction of senior and community centers. The City of Newton therefore has already begun the process of interviewing BH+A for the purpose of picking up where SBA left off. A few of their recent relevant projects include: Scituate Senior Center, Needham Senior Center, Randolph Senior/Community Center, Cohasset Senior Center, Kittery Senior/Community Center, Shelbourne Senior/Community Center and the Sharon Senior/Community Center.

More examples of their relevant work can be found on the BH+A website

We will be working with our Designer Selection Committee and BH+A in the coming weeks to complete our due diligence and, if appropriate, an on-boarding process.

With all this happening, we want to postpone the NewCAL community meeting originally scheduled for this Thursday, April 25. We look forward to moving NewCAL to the next phase of design, and continuing to engage with the community. We will continue to update everyone as the process unfolds, and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

The turnout was amazing at the Community update meeting which took place on March 14, 2019! For those who were unable to attend, a copy of the presentation has been posted and is available for viewing. Also, under the “Presentations” tab are the two (2) additional documents which were distributed at the meeting (Additional Information and Proposed Program). Notes from the Community meeting are posted and can be found under the “Community” tab. 

Senior Services Department Mission Statement

‘To optimize quality of life for older adults and those who support them through the welcoming, respectful and meaningful opportunities that engage and value older people, and empower them to remain independent and to be important assets in our community.”

Parks and Recreation Department Mission Statement

“The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will provide traditional and innovative Recreation, Leisure and Cultural Activities in a quality environment for all residents of Newton, as well as managing the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of the natural resources of the City.”

January 2019 UPDATE: NewCAL Project Vision Statement

The City of Newton’s goal, as an age friendly community, is to build a large, well equipped, comfortable Center to meet the unique interests and needs of older adults, both those currently using the Senior Center and many others who are not. The Center will foster a special sense of community and belonging for this growing group. This facility will be designed to optimize the quality of life for Newton’s older adults and those who support them, through welcoming, respectful and meaningful opportunities that engage, value, and empower older adults to remain independent and important assets in our community.

When spaces within this facility are not programmed for older adults, the goal is to offer well managed, quality and enriching community and multigenerational experiences for all residents of Newton.


1. The Center will be designed to promote and support the Mission Statements of the Senior Services and Parks and Recreation Departments.

2. Spaces within this facility will be clustered and programmed to preserve the wonderful sense of community that exists in the current Senior Center.

3. The Center will be age friendly, welcoming to everyone, and will be designed and programmed to meet the unique needs of seniors as well as the broader community.

4. The Center will ensure safety and accessibility both inside and outside the facility through thoughtful design and operation.

5. The Center will promote social equality and maximize access to programs and services to those who are unserved or underserved.

6. The facility will be environmentally conscious, strive to be carbon neutral, and will leave a legacy of responsible design and operation.

Community Update Meetings

Update meetings have been scheduled for every three months, with the first meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019. All meetings will be at 7:00PM at the Newton Education Center at 100 Walnut Street in Room 111 (ground floor). Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows: 

June 20, 2019 September 19, 2019  December 19, 2019 March 19, 2020 June 18, 2020

THOUGHTS? QUESTIONS? Email the project team at newcal@newtonma.gov with any questions, comments or concerns or to sign up to receive future correspondence about this project. 

Remember to visit this site frequently to keep up with the latest meeting dates, design and presentations.

Note: For information about other area Senior Centers and Senior/Community Centers, please click on this link.

The new facility will be a community asset, so we are looking for feedback from the entire community!