Thank you for your interest in the NewCAL project!

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

The turnout at the Community meeting last week was amazing! We received tons of feedback on the various sites, general comments, and potential names for the facility. As we are continuing to review and evaluate potential sites, we would love to collect more feedback. 

Site information is posted here.

Comments on any of these sites can be shared with the project team directly, via the Contact tab or by email at newcal@newtonma.gov.

Also, please mark your calendars for the next community meeting:

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00PM

Senior Center at 345 Walnut Street

We look forward to continue to collaborate with members of the community as we move toward finding the best location for NewCAL. 

Thank you! 


Video footage from Community meetings this past Fall can be viewed here:

October 24, 2019 community meeting video

(note: the 10/24/19 video link works with Google Chrome only, not other browzers)

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. 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. This will be an opportunity for residents to speak directly with the Public Buildings Commissioner regarding the NewCAL project.


NewCAL Project Information

Vision Statement and Guiding Principles

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Program and Design

Site Selection

Community Feedback

Presentations

Meeting Minutes

Supporting Documents


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

Thursday, January 16, 2020 – Community Meeting – Newton Ed Center, Room 111 – 7:00PM – NEW MEETING!


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!