FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND
36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
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Public Meeting Series - Improved Multi-Modal Safety and Access to Emerald Necklace Parks in Jamaica Plain
Notice for a series of three upcoming public meetings - hosted by the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Senator Michael Rush - with the goal of engaging area residents and stakeholders in addressing issues around improved multi-modal safety and access to the Emerald Necklace Parklands in Jamaica Plain, while reinforcing the parklands’ historic character. Please note the specific subject area to be discussed at each meeting:
Tuesday, September 15
Centre Street from the VFW Parkway to Murray Circle
Wednesday, September 23
The Arborway, between Eliot Street and South Street, including Kelly Circle and Murray Circle
Thursday, October 1
Perkins Street and Parkman Drive
All meetings will take place at the Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center, 125 Arborway, Boston 02130.
We hope you can join us at these meetings and encourage you to share this notice with others who might be interested in attending them. Thank you.
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.
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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