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
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Health Advisory: Jamaica Pond Remains Closed
Due to Confirmed Toxic Algal Bloom.
Update July 29, 2015

Health Advisory: Jamaica Pond Remains Closed Due to Confirmed Toxic Algal Bloom: 

Algae blooms may last for weeks in the summer, or may disappear quite quickly. On Monday, July 27th, staff from Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) took water samples from Jamaica Pond for analysis, which was completed on Wednesday, July 29th.

Blue-green algae blooms can produce toxins that may make people and pets sick. Toxins may be present within the algae cells or in the water. Jamaica Pond is temporarily closed to water activities.

During the closure, park visitors shall not:
  • Swim, fish, boat or engage in other recreational activities on or in the water.
  • Allow dogs to swim in or drink the water.
The results of this sampling indicate that algae levels exceed the state-established 70,000 cells/milliliter. Massachusetts Department of Public Health analysis of the sample taken on July 27th shows cyanobacteria levels of 240,000 cells/mL, above the DPH guideline level of 70,000 cells/mL threshold.

The Boston Public Health Commission will continue to review state sampling results for the presence of a algae bloom in Jamaica Pond over the coming weeks. Water sampling will occur at least weekly while the algae bloom persists, and for several weeks after it is no longer visible. DPH recommends that the recreational water advisory not be lifted until two consecutive weekly samples show algal cell counts below the safe limit of 70,000 cells/milliliter of water.

For more information, call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-530-0186.

PDF Brochure on Algae Blooms by Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Environmental Health

Washington State Department of Ecology web page on Blue-Green Algae Blooms and Toxins

Frederick Law Olmsted
Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man

one-man play by Gerry Wright

August 9, 2015
Yosemite Theater
Yosemite National Park

Follow Fred!

Frederick Law Olmsted is on his way to Yosemite!  Well at least Gerry is!
To follow ‘Fred’ and to get updates on “Olmsted’s Passage to Yosemite” and back, please follow along at:

These posts will be coming directly from Gerry Wright himself as he visits National Parks and Historic Sites inspired by the visionary
Frederick Law Olmsted. The passage will culminate with a presentation of the 1865 Olmsted Report on the
Yosemite and Mariposa Grove at the Yosemite National Park.

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.
  • 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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