Welcome to the NewCAL project website!

What is NewCAL?

The Newton Center for Active Living is the name given to the project to address the facility needs of seniors in Newton.

Please join us:

Thursday, November 21, at 7:00PM

Community Meeting

Ed Center (100 Walnut Street) – Room 111

Note: This meeting will be recorded and posted on the project website.


If you were unable to attend the September Community meetings, video footage has been posted and can be viewed here:

September 19, 2019 community meeting video Part 1

September 19, 2019 community meeting video Part 2

September 23, 2019 community meeting video

Community meetings are opportunities for residents to hear directly from, and speak to, the project team. In addition, there are five meetings of various committees and commissions which will be opportunities to listen to our elected and appointed officials and speak with the project team about this important project. Additional Community and Committee/Commission meetings are listed below as well as on the project flyer.No votes are anticipated at any of these meetings, or at any meeting, until 2020. These meetings will be used to update interested parties, solicit feedback, and listen to the community.

In addition to the Community and Committee/Commission meetings, residents are welcome to join a “Chat with the Commissioner” every other Friday morning at the Newton Senior Center from 8am to 10am starting on 9/13 and running through this fall. This will be an opportunity for residents to speak directly with the Public Buildings Commissioner regarding the NewCAL project.


NewCAL Project Information

09/06/19 NewCAL Meeting Flyer

Vision Statement and Guiding Principles

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Program and Design

Proposed Program/Rooms/Spaces
Senior Center Visits 10/05/18
Senior Center Visits 08/17/18
Senior Center Visits Follow-Up Spreadsheet
Current Senior Center Program Analysis
Parks & Recreation Program Analysis by Facility
2018 12 04 Parks & Recreation Program DRAFT
2018 12 04 NewCAL Class Time Analysis per Day DRAFT 1
2018 12 04 NewCAL Questionnaire Analysis
2019 01 07 NewCAL Questionnaire Results
Preliminary Draft Albemarle Site Test Fit Options

Site Selection

Populated and Graded Matrix for Final Six Sites
Summary Conclusions for NewCAL: Six Sites Shortlisted
Summary Conclusions for NewCAL: Sites not Shortlisted
Albemarle Site Ranked as Top City Owned Location for NewCAL Project
145 Sites Spreadsheet
NewCAL Site Selection Criteria
Municipal Facilities
Armory Letter

Community Feedback

NewCAL Questionnaire/Narrative Responses (DRAFT)
NewCAL Fall 2018 Meeting Schedule and Map
Listening Session Comments
03/14/19 Community Meeting Notes
NewCAL Public Meetings Summary

Meetings and Presentations

06/19/18 Committee Meeting Update
09/13/18 EBC & ABC Joint Meeting
10/09/18 EBC & ABC Joint Meeting
10/23/18 EBC & ABC Joint Meeting
03/14/19 Community Update Meeting
04/09/19 EBC Working Group Meeting
06/20/19 Community Update Meeting
08/13/19 Working Group Meeting: Site Test Fits
09/16/19 Parks & Recreation Presentation

09/19/19 NewCAL Community Meeting Notes

09/23/19 NewCAL Community Meeting Notes

05/07/19 Designer Interview Presentation BH+A

05/07/19 Designer Selection Committee meeting minutes

Supporting Documents

NewCAL – A Deep Dive – A Working Group Member’s Perspective
MBTA City of Newton Bus Routes Map
NPS Space Rental Spreadsheets
Gymnasium Usage Spreadsheet
Gath Pool Admittance Report 2017
Gath Pool Revenue Report FY171819
Gath Pool Water Consumption Estimation 2018-2019
05/07/19 Designer Selection Committee meeting minutes


NewCAL 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.


NewCAL Guiding Principles

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.


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.”


NewCAL Meeting Schedule

Please note that all Community meetings are indicated in green and Committee/Commission meetings are noted in blue. Scheduled meetings are as follows:

Monday, September 9, 2019 – Finance Committee – City Hall, Room 222 – 7:00PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Design Review Committee – Library Trustee’s Room – 6:00PM
Monday, September 16, 2019 – Parks & Recreation Commission – City Hall, Room 211- 7:00PM
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Programs & Services Committee – City Hall, Room 211 – 7:00PM
Thursday, September 19, 2019
– Community Meeting – Newton Ed Center, Room 111 – 7:00PM
Monday, September 23, 2019 – Community Meeting – FA Day Middle School Auditorium – 7:00PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – Council on Aging – Senior Center – 7:30PM
Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Community Meeting – Newton Ed Center, Room 111 – 7:00PM

Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Community Meeting – Newton Ed Center, Room 111 – 7:00PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Community Meeting – Newton Ed Center, Room 111 – 7:00PM


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!