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<p>Jamaica Pond was scraped from the earth by glaciers and preserved as a park by Frederick Law Olmsted. The spring-fed pond is Boston's largest and purest body of fresh water.</p>
<p>Among the events held here is the <a href="http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/events.html">Lantern Parade</a> each October, in which thousands of people bring homemade and store-bought lanterns and walk around the pond.</p> <p>Walkers, often with dogs in tow, make heavy use of the path around the pond. The state stocks the pond with trout for anglers. <a href="http://www.courageoussailing.org/">Boat rental</a> is offered during the summer. Please note that private boats, canoes, etc. are forbidden.</p> <p>Among the groups who advocate for the pond are the <a href="http://www.friendsofjamaicapond.org/jamaicapond.html">Friends of Jamaica Pond</a> and the <a href="http://www.emeraldnecklace.org/">Emerald Necklace Conservancy</a>.</p> <p>For public transportation: Take the 39 or 41 buses along Centre Street and get off at Parley Avenue (39) or Lakeville (41).</p>
507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-5061
  • Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk
  • Accessible: yes
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