Friends of Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Pond Project

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com
Web site: www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

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Honor Olmsted's Bicentennial with us!
April 26, 2022, 6:30 PM, Free
Jamaica Pond, Boston




2022 is the year Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture and creator of the Emerald Necklace, turns 200. Join us on Tuesday, April 26, as we celebrate his bicentennial at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse with treats, toasts and local legend Gerry Wright portraying the man himself! Coming together for this momentous occasion, we will honor neighborhood leaders in parks access and advocacy with organizing partners Olmsted 2022.  Lovers of green space, community wellness and local history will not want to miss this event, plus grab your own slice of birthday cake!

Gerry Wright, founder of Olmsted 2022, will recognize local partners at the birthday event for their outstanding support of the community and public space:
  • Kent Jackson, Director of Education, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Kent is an experienced program administrator and a seasoned educator who has successfully created, developed, directed, facilitated and evaluated environmental education, nature connect and leadership programs for more than 20 years. Kent has previously worked with The Appalachian Mountain Club, Eagle Eye Institute, The Trustees of Reservations and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

  • Patrice Kish, Chief of Design and Engineering, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Patrice Kish has been involved in preserving Massachusetts’ significant cultural resources from Boston to the Berkshires for over 30 years.  She began her career in preservation when she joined the Department of Environmental Management, now the Department of Conservation and  Recreation (DCR) in 1987 as staff for the Olmsted Program, the nation’s first statewide program to restore public landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm.

  • Carol Miranda, Director, Community Connections Coalition/Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida
Carol focuses her time to anti-poverty initiatives. Carol works with low income families in the community providing family support, community engagement and school readiness. In addition, Carol’s program provides a weekly mother’s support group, a father’s support group, and grandparents raising grandchildren groups. Carol also created The Family Exchange Boutique, a physical space located inside of the Mildred C. Hailey Development, which offers free, gently used, household items and clothing. Carol engages families and connects them with opportunities and resources in collaboration with other community partners. Carol Miranda graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's Degree in human Services.
 
  • Corey Stallings, Program Director, South Street Youth Center
Corey Stallings joined the South Street Youth Center (SSYC) as Program Director in
February 2015 with 20 years’ experience in youth development, program management and fundraising. At SSYC Corey developed the South Street Clubhouse. He secured funding for an up-to-date computer-learning lab and reinforced skills development by engaging Youth Leaders as peer educators. He creates innovative digital media programs that engage students intellectually and artistically while providing a platform for exploring individual artistic visions as well as issues of racial, economic, and social justice. He collaborates with business and community leaders to create entrepreneurial opportunities for SSYC youth. South Street Youth Center’s programs include: entrepreneurship, photography, graphic design, video production, audio engineering, culinary arts, general arts, college prep and tours (nationally), health equity and social justice, annual 5k Fun Run, and Girl Scouts. Corey is also on Boston Children's Hospital Collaboration for Community selection committee. Awards include Adobe Lead Educator, Olmstead Healthy Community Award (Friends of Jamaica Pond), Community Service Award (William B. Evans, Boston Police Commissioner), and Community Service Award (Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley). Corey sits on the board of The Centre for Faith, Arts, & Justice, as well as Community Service Care Inc.

  • Performance
Award-winning storyteller and JP resident Diane Edgecomb along with Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain will open Olmsted's 200th birthday party with a story and music entertainment created for this special event. Well known locally for their annual Story and Music journey, Edgecomb and Chamberlain tour throughout the US with their unique blend of story, music and song.

For Olmsted 2022, this delightful program weaves a Shaker Hymn celebrating the healing power of nature with a native Iroquois creation myth on how this land – Turtle Island – came to be, a vocalized/sung poem of sunrise is then complemented by a beloved Ukrainian folktale and melody adapted to include iconic nature elements of the Emerald Necklace celebrating this living community of nature and people. The Ukrainian folktale, The Mitten, was specially chosen for this 200-year birthday celebration of Frederick Law Olmstead to honor the difficult times we live in as well as to honor Gerry Wright, long-time interpreter of Olmsted's visionary life. Gerry’s long and important history with the Ukrainian people includes helping to establish the Boston/Kyiv Sister City Association which focused on the wonderful parks in both cities. Learn more about Diane Edgecomb: www.livingmyth.com



2022BirdWalkImages

Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Spring Bird Walks in Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Franklin Park is an urban hotspot for migratory birds and 218 bird species have been documented within the park. Join us as we explore Scarboro Pond and Hill searching for warblers, vireos, woodpeckers, and other birds. This is a beginner bird walk and all are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Franklin Park Coalition, Brookline Bird Club, and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club. Information for participants: Please bring binoculars, if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available, provided by Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and wearing a hat with a brim. Expect to walk 1-2 miles on paved paths. The nearest restrooms are at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. Meeting location: Meet by the tennis courts next to the Shattuck Picnic Grove on Circuit Drive. Street parking available and accessible via bus and subway (Forest Hills stop on Orange Line). Information: Justine Hanson justinehanson@gmail.com. Justine Hanson is a Brookline Bird Club board member and works in bird conservation; and Michael Bryant aka "Nature Man Mike" is a professional photographer, instructor and hosts international bird photography tours. naturemanmike@gmail.com

Sunday, April 24, 7:00 -9:00 AM
Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
All (suitable for children 4 - 18 years)
Members $10 Nonmembers $13
Join us to observe resident birds and migrants at a unique urban habitat that is a favorite stomping ground for many bird species. Local bird enthusiasts will help us find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. Birders of all levels will enjoy these guided walks. Binoculars and guidebooks will be provided, if needed. Host: Naturalist Correne George. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org


Sunday, April 24, 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Olmsted Park Bird Walk - Leverett Pond to Ward’s Pond and return:
8 AM Meeting place: Parking lot for Daisy Field. Olmsted Park on Willow Pond Roadbetween Pond Avenue and the Jamaicaway.
 Information: info@brooklinegreenspace.org or Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com Sponsors: Brookline Green Space Alliance, Brookline Bird Club, Emerald Necklace Bird Club

Saturday, April 30, 8:00 – 10:00 AM.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A two hour walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Main gate on off the Arborway, parking along the Arborway. 8:00 AM.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com

Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m
Spring Bird Walks in Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Franklin Park is an urban hotspot for migratory birds and 218 bird species have been documented within the park. Join us as we explore Scarboro Pond and Hill searching for warblers, vireos, woodpeckers, and other birds. This is a beginner bird walk and all are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Franklin Park Coalition, Brookline Bird Club, and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club. Information for participants: Please bring binoculars, if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available, provided by Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and wearing a hat with a brim. Expect to walk 1-2 miles on paved paths. The nearest restrooms are at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. Meeting location: Meet by the tennis courts next to the Shattuck Picnic Grove on Circuit Drive. Street parking available and accessible via bus and subway (Forest Hills stop on Orange Line). Information: Justine Hanson at justinehanson@gmail.com. Justine Hanson is a Brookline Bird Club board member and works in bird conservation; and Michael Bryant aka "Nature Man Mike" is a professional photographer, instructor and hosts international bird photography tours. naturemanmike@gmail.com


Saturday, May 7, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
New Brook Farm, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA
Free to the Public
Join a Mass Audubon Teacher Naturalist as we partner with the New Brook Farm for a spring bird walk. We will learn a bit about the history of the Brook Farm and explore the woods for returning spring migrants such as warblers and song birds. The trail is generally wide and flat. We will cover approximately 3 miles.
Please meet in the parking lot at the Baker Street entrance to Gethsemane Cemetery, 670 Baker St, West Roxbury - opposite 'The Old Print Shop' building. Register online or call 617-983-8500 to register by phone. Information: Boston Nature Center bnc@massaudubon.org


Saturday, May 7, 8:00 – 10:00 AM.
Bussey Brook Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
The Arboretum Park Conservancy, Arnold Arboretum and the BBC are sponsoring this two hour walk in the Bussey Brook area of the Arboretum. The walk is suitable for beginning birders as well as those more experienced. Meeting Location: South Street gate to the Arboretum, on South Street, where there is limited parking. Also accessible from Forest Hills T Station path from Washington Street 8:00 AM. Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com


Sunday, May 15, 7:30 AM
Please join us for FCA’s annual "Birds of the Back Bay Fens"
Guided Bird Walk with Stephen Baird, Emerald Necklace Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond. Location: Back Bay Fens park in Boston's West Fenway neighborhood. Meet at the Japanese Bell outside the Kelleher Rose Garden (by the footbridge across from the Museum of Fine Arts). Thrill to the sight and sound of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring.  All levels welcome.  Bring binoculars. http://www.fenwaycivic.org

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
A two hour walk suitable for beginners as well as more experienced birders. See the arboretum website http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu for directions or to download a checklist of birds. Meeting Location: Peters Hill Gate on Bussey Street, park along Bussey Street at 8:00 AM.  Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 522-0157 rgmayer38@gmail.com

Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m
Spring Bird Walks in Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Franklin Park is an urban hotspot for migratory birds and 218 bird species have been documented within the park. Join us as we explore Scarboro Pond and Hill searching for warblers, vireos, woodpeckers, and other birds. This is a beginner bird walk and all are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Franklin Park Coalition, Brookline Bird Club, and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club. Information for participants: Please bring binoculars, if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available, provided by Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, dressing for the weather conditions, and wearing a hat with a brim. Expect to walk 1-2 miles on paved paths. The nearest restrooms are at the Franklin Park Golf Course Clubhouse. In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. Meeting location: Meet by the tennis courts next to the Shattuck Picnic Grove on Circuit Drive. Street parking available and accessible via bus and subway (Forest Hills stop on Orange Line). Information: Justine Hanson at justinehanson@gmail.com. Justine Hanson is a Brookline Bird Club board member and works in bird conservation; and Michael Bryant aka "Nature Man Mike" is a professional photographer, instructor and hosts international bird photography tours. naturemanmike@gmail.com



Celebrating the 198th Birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted

Click on image to view the video or click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnZ2NIQVi_Y

Since 2010, Gerry Wright and members of Community Service Care (CSC), Inc.
have been working on programming to honor the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted,
the father of landscape architecture.
This video was created to celebrate what would have been his 198th birthday
in anticipation of his 200th birthday on April 26, 2022.
 Olmsted 2022 is a program under CSC aimed at
protecting and preserving our parks and public spaces.
Visit the Olmsted 2022 web site for more details on the 200th Birthday Celebration at
http://olmsted2022.org/

Olmsted Birthday Party Postponed, But Project Plans Move Forward
by Lauren Bennett • May 8, 2020
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2020/05/08/olmsted-birthday-party-postponed-but-project-plans-move-forward/



Osprey in the Emerald Necklace Parks




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Osprey are usually seen in the Emerald Necklace and Boston during migration. A pair has been nesting at Moswetuset Park in Quincy just off of Quincy Shore Drive and Squantum Streets the past few years. The pair are often seen fishing the Neponset River. I suspect the Osprey I photographed at Scarboro Pond (Franklin Park) and Jamaica Pond the past few summers are from this same nesting site. Always a wonder to watch them hover before the dive for a sea bass...



  Protect Jamaica Pond's Watershed from Development

We respectfully request the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people.
  • Native Americans and people through the ages have enjoyed the beauty of the waters and hill.
  • Jamaica Pond was the water reservoir for Boston up to the 1850s, and it is still an emergency water source.
  • Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • The Jamaica Pond Project have provided education programs and environmental stewardship for over five decades.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
  • Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.


Media Stories and Background

A large 12.5 acres of undeveloped woodlands on Hellenic Hill which overlooks Jamaica Pond was put on sale in January 2011.  The big money pressures will be immense to maximize the development of these lands.

Jamaica Plain Gazette
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/
JP Observer: Pond view in danger until the public owns it. March 29, 2013 By Sandra Storey
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/jp-observer-pond-view-in-danger-until-the-public-owns-it/
Real estate today: Hellenic Hill preservation efforts continue. March 29, 2013 By Rebeca Oliveira
http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2013/03/29/real-estate-today-hellenic-hill-preservation-efforts-continue/
Hellenic Hill preservation talks begin by David Taber May 13, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4825
Preserving Hellenic Hill letter by Michael Frank, Chairman Jamaica Pond Association
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4728
Major developer bids on Hellenic Hill by John Ruch March 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4641
Hill preservation possible by David Taber February 18, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4611
Arroyo vows Hellenic Hill land will be preserved by David Taber February 4, 2011
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4589
Hellenic Hill land hits market by David Taber January 21, 2011
 
http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4567

Jamaica Plain Patch
Perceived Threat to Jamaica Pond Prompts Outpouring
In a public forum to discuss Hellenic College's controversial decision to sell its pond-side land, there was an outcry for public purchase and preservation of the 12.5 acre green space.
By James LaFond-Lewis
http://jamaicaplain.patch.com/articles/perceived-threat-to-jamaica-pond-prompts-outpouring


Boston Globe Boston.com
Jamaica Plain group asks Orthodox archbishop to save land overlooking Jamaica Pond
By Joseph Leahy, Globe Correspondent
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/jamaica_plain/2011/02/jamaica_plain_group_asks_ortho.html

Boston Bulletin
Residents rally to save Jamaica Pond by Patrick Rosso May 12, 2011
http://www.bulletinnewspapers.com/



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