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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).

Spontaneous Celebrations
45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Spontaneous Celebrations is an organization that builds community spirit through the annual sponsorship and organizationMore of parades, fiestas and festivals. Beginning with the 'Wake Up the Earth' Festival in early May, through its 'Lantern Parade' on Jamaica Pond just before Halloween to the 'Tropical Festival' in February, Spontaneous brings joy and change one party at a time, year after year. The origins of the organization date from the first 'Wake Up the Earth' Festival in 1979. This festival was, in part, a celebration of the defeat of the proposed I-95 extension through many Boston neighborhoods, the spirit of the coalition that formed to defeat that highway lives on.
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