Friends of Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Pond Project

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030
Gerry Wright, Founder and President
Telephone: 617-524-7070
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Spring Bird Walk
Sunday, April 21st, AM, Free
Olmsted Park Daisy Field Parking Lot

Willow Pond Road between Pond Avenue and the Jamaicaway
Info: Bob Mayer, Jamaica Plain, 617.515.7304

This 90-minute walk led by local birding expert, Bob Mayer, will focus on migrating
warblers and other spring species in Leverett, Willow and Ward's Ponds
and adjacent woods of the Emerald Necklace Olmsted Park. 
Suitable for beginning as well as more experienced birders.
The walk is co-sponsored by Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, Brookline Bird Club
and Emerald Necklace Bird Club (Friends of Jamaica Pond) +

(Images © Stephen Baird Nature's Zeitgeist 2024)

Celebrating the 198th Birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted

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Since 2010, Gerry Wright and members of Community Service Care (CSC), Inc.
have been working on programming to honor the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted,
the father of landscape architecture.
This video was created to celebrate what would have been his 198th birthday
in anticipation of his 200th birthday on April 26, 2022.
 Olmsted 2022 is a program under CSC aimed at
protecting and preserving our parks and public spaces.
Visit the Olmsted 2022 web site for more details on the 200th Birthday Celebration at

Olmsted Birthday Party Postponed, But Project Plans Move Forward
by Lauren Bennett • May 8, 2020

Osprey in the Emerald Necklace Parks

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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...

  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.
  • 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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Frederick Law Olmsted

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