FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND
36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370
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Celebrate Jamaica Pond & Gerry Wright's 80th Birthday
Plus Over 50 Years of Stewardship
Gerry Wright, Janice Allen and the Inspirational Freedom Choir, Andy Holiner & Alice Johnson,
Sandra Storey, Diane Edgecomb & Tom Megan, Betsy Shure Gross, Ellen McGuire,
Thalia McMillon, Matt & Emily Wright, Special Guests and Public Officials
March 1st, 2015, 3-6 PM, Free
First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian-Universalist
Centre Street and Eliot Street (By the Monument), Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wheel Chair Accessible
Info: 617-524-7070 RSVP at EventBrite
Jamaica Pond Nature's Classroom
Fall and Winter Park Visitors: 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.
Fact Sheet Identification page:
To report a possible sighting of Emerald Ash Borer or EAB tree damage, visit
Save Jamaica Pond’s Watershed
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. We respectfully support the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston City Council, and Citizens to purchase these lands and conservation easements to:
- Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people since the beginning of time.
- 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.
- The underground springs have made Jamaica Pond one of the cleanest waters in the entire state.
- Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
- Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed.
- Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.Sign the Save Jamaica Pond's Watershed Petition Online at
Return completed printed petitions to
Friends of Jamaica Pond, PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(click on petition image to view and download larger version for printing)
Media Stories and Background
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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