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Olmsted Park
Jamaicaway & Willow Pond Rd, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This green corridor of ponds, trails and playing fields is mostly in Boston, with 12 acres in More href="http://www.brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=759%3Apaos-pp-emerald-2&catid=647%3Apaos-park-pages&Itemid=965">Brookline. It is adjacent to Jamaica Pond.

The park includes Leverett Pond, Willow Pond and the Muddy River. Olmsted Park is part of Frederick Law Olmsted's 1,100-acre chain of nine parks, the Emerald Necklace. The space was originally named Leverett Park until the city renamed it for Olmsted in 1900.

Among the organizations that help care for the park are Friends of Olmsted Park and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

For public transportation: Take the 39 bus to S. Huntington and Bynner. It's a 12-minute walk toward the Jamaicaway to reach the park.

Jamaica Pond
507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Jamaica Pond was scraped from the earth by glaciers and preserved as a park by Frederick Law Olmsted. The spring-fedMore pond is Boston's largest and purest body of fresh water.

Among the events held here is the Lantern Parade each October, in which thousands of people bring homemade and store-bought lanterns and walk around the pond.

Walkers, often with dogs in tow, make heavy use of the path around the pond. The state stocks the pond with trout for anglers. Boat rental is offered during the summer. Please note that private boats, canoes, etc. are forbidden.

Among the groups who advocate for the pond are the Friends of Jamaica Pond and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

For public transportation: Take the 39 or 41 buses along Centre Street and get off at Parley Avenue (39) or Lakeville (41).