Urban Wilds: Roslindale
The Urban Wilds Initiative seeks to protect the City's publicly-owned urban wilds and thereby ensure access and enjoyment of natural treasures to present and future Boston residents.
This small wetland and forested upland area is sandwiched between the playing field of a local elementary school and a housing development along Hilburn and Seymour Streets. As a result of these adjacent development projects, a considerable amount of the wetland has been subject to fill and dumping. A fence currently surrounds the site preventing access. The upland portion of the site contains the foundations of a building that once perched above the wetland. As a functioning wetland, this area provides flood storage, water filtration, and wildlife habitat. The area is highly degraded and overrun with invasive species and native wetland plants, such as cattails. But, a decent canopy of oaks, red maple, and elm do persist. Birds extensively utilize the site for nesting and feeding purposes. However, in its present, fenced condition, the wetland provides little benefit to the neighboring community.
The Eldon Street I urban wild is located to the east of the Arnold Arboretum and is roughly bordered by Hazelmere Road, Weld Street, Robken Road, Selwyn Street, and the Eldon Street II Urban Wild. The area is generally surrounded by the backyards of abutters; however, several obscure entrance points do exist into the urban wild. In an area of low topography, the Eldon Street urban wild serves primarily as a catch basin for the area's stormwater and is thus dominated by a forested wetland habitat. The area has been overrun by non-native, invasive species, especially multi-flora rose and buckthorn. At one time, a boardwalk permitted entrance into the wetter sections of the wild from Eldon Street. However, the overwhelming presence of multi-flora rose now makes this entry impossible.
Boston Conservation Commission and private
The Eldon Street II Urban Wild is located to the east and contiguous with Eldon Street I. The site is bordered by Walter Street, Selwyn Street, and Coniston Road. Like Eldon Street I, this area is surrounded by the backyards of abutters. However, two vacant lots do provide access into the urban wild. Although containing some higher topography than Eldon Street I, this urban wild still serves primarily as a catch basin for the area's stormwater, and is dominated by a forested wetland habitat.