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
with Music Poetry and Lore by
Gerry Wright, Janice Allen and the Inspirational Freedom Choir, Andy Holiner & Annie Philips,
Sandra Storey, Diane Edgecomb & Tom Megan, Betsy Shure Gross, Ellen McGuire,
Thalia McMillon, Matt & Emily Wright, Special Guests and Public Officials
First Annual Olmsted Park Keeper Awards
Presented by Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook & Frederick Law Olmsted aka Gerry Wright to:
The Boston Park Rangers, Charles Hauck (1969-2004), Christine Cooper, Alison Yoos, Bruce Smith, & Stephen Baird
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
Gerry requests: “Please No Presents: Thank you!”
Contributions to “Friends of Jamaica Pond” will be gratefully received.
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
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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