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36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
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"Learn and Burn"Walk
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Jamaica Pond Boat House
Jamaicaway and Pond Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This “Learn and Burn” walk at Jamaica Pond, presented by the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and Friends of Jamaica Pond, provides an opportunity to learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and this Emerald Necklace landscape while burning off calories from Thanksgiving dinner. The walk includes two 1.5 mile loops around the Pond, the first being faster-paced (after a short introduction) and the second a slower “cool-down” with more frequent stops to discuss and view the history and features of this Emerald Necklace landscape.
This walk is free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested. Rain or icy conditions will cancel the walk. To reserve a space, please email Mark_Swartz@nps.gov by Wednesday, November 23.
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Kipalu Yoga with Adriana Karina
Wednesdays, Oct 12 - Nov 16, 2016, 6:15-7:30 PM
Winter Bird Walk
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9 AM, Free
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This 90-minute walk will focus on waterfowl and other winter species in the ponds and adjacent woods of the Emerald Necklace. Suitable for beginning birders as well as more experienced birders. The walk is co-sponsored by the National Park Service/Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club (Friends of Jamaica Pond and Olmsted 2022).
Meeting Location: Parking lot for Daisy Field, Olmsted Park on Willow Pond Road, between Pond Avenue and the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
Info: Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain (617) 983-3330 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaica Pond Nature's Classroom
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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...
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.
Fact Sheet Identification page:
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.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
- 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.
- 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.
Sign the Petiton Online at:
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 Boston.com
Jamaica Plain group asks Orthodox archbishop to save land overlooking Jamaica Pond
By Joseph Leahy, Globe Correspondent
Residents rally to save Jamaica Pond by Patrick Rosso May 12, 2011
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