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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Celebrating Olmsted 2022
Honoring the legacy of Betsy Shure Gross
Save Jamaica Pond and the Hill
“Passages to Yosemite” Olmsted Play National Tour

Dec. 6th, 2015, 3-5 PM, Free
First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian-Universalist
Centre Street and Eliot Street (By the Monument), Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
Wheel Chair Accessible

Honoring Supportive Partners:
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Friends of Fairsted
First Church U.U. of Jamaica Plain

Help Preserve & Protect Jamaica Pond:
Join the Olmsted 2022 Community Campaign Team
to Save Hellenic Hill

Info: 617-524-7070
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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...

Wild Turkeys: Details HERE

The fastest animal on earth has made a remarkable recovery from near extinction by DDT.  Read the story HERE

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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