Friends of Jamaica Pond, Environmental Education Advocacy Stewardship Boston

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370

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History and Annual Park Keeper Award

Nature's Class Room: Environmental Education Projects

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Yoga at Jamaica Pond with Adriana Karina
Mats that will be available for participants to use

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Summer on the Emerald Necklace
Concerts at 6 pm | Movies at 7:30 pm | Playspace opens for one hour before each event

Bring a picnic, spread a blanket or set up a chair and enjoy free music and movies on a summer’s evening with family and friends at two scenic locations in the Emerald Necklace. Come early to enjoy an hour of lawn games and fun activities for the young and young-at-heart in the Knucklebones playspace!
Details at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy HERE

At Pinebank, Jamaica Pond
Co-sponsored by Boston Parks and Recreation
Co-hosted by Friends of Jamaica Pond

Sunday, July 10  |  Boston Landmarks Orchestra Ensemble
A summer staple and fan favorite, the BLO is always a
crowd pleaser.
5 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

Sunday, July 17  |  Tóth Brothers Jazz Trio
Hear a fresh approach to jazz influenced by the brothers’
Hungarian and Trinidadian heritage.
5:00 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

Sunday, July 24  |  Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Enjoy the big, bold sounds of this 80+ piece ensemble.
5 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

Sunday, July 31  |  Sterling Rhyne
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Rhyne offers a unique
blend of jazzy soul, R&B and easy listening.
5 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

At Allerton Overlook, Olmsted Park
Co-sponsored by Brookline Parks and Open Space

Sunday, August 7 | Boston Opera Collaborative
Boston’s brightest young talent present an evening of songs and arias that celebrate the power of the human voice.
5 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

Sunday, August 14 | Henry Acker Gypsy Jazz Trio
Henry, an 11-year old guitarist, is joined by his father and uncle for some jazz in the spirit of Django Reinhardt.
5 pm Knucklebones playspace | 6 – 7:30 pm Concert

Movie Nights at the Sugar Bowl, Jamaica Pond

Movie nights feature classic films the whole family will enjoy, and a supervised playspace of fun and games for the young and young-at-heart.

Thursday, August 18 | Movie Night featuring Lilo & Stitch!
6:30 pm Knucklebones playspace
7:30 pm Lilo & Stitch

Thursday, August 25 | Movie Night featuring Frozen!
6:30 pm Knucklebones playspace
7:30 pm Frozen

Jamaica Pond Nature's Classroom

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...

ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer Invasive Beetle Discovered
at Arnold Arboretum July 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced that the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area will go state-wide as of Monday, November 17, 2014. The quarantine area previously covered only Berkshire and Essex County.

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To report a possible sighting of Emerald Ash Borer or EAB tree damage, visit

  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.
  • Friends of Jamaica Pond and 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
JP Observer: Pond view in danger until the public owns it. March 29, 2013 By Sandra Storey
Real estate today: Hellenic Hill preservation efforts continue. March 29, 2013 By Rebeca Oliveira
Hellenic Hill preservation talks begin by David Taber May 13, 2011
Preserving Hellenic Hill letter by Michael Frank, Chairman Jamaica Pond Association
Major developer bids on Hellenic Hill by John Ruch March 4, 2011
Hill preservation possible by David Taber February 18, 2011
Arroyo vows Hellenic Hill land will be preserved by David Taber February 4, 2011
Hellenic Hill land hits market by David Taber January 21, 2011

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

Boston Globe
Jamaica Plain group asks Orthodox archbishop to save land overlooking Jamaica Pond
By Joseph Leahy, Globe Correspondent

Boston Bulletin
Residents rally to save Jamaica Pond by Patrick Rosso May 12, 2011

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