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Franklin Park
Glen Ln & Circuit Dr, Boston, MA 02121

This 527-acre park is among the largest open spaces in Boston. It is part of the Frederick Law Olmsted's EmeraldMore Necklace of parks. The park has miles of walking paths, a cross country course, tennis courts, baseball fields and, oddly, stone ruins. It is also home to an 18-hole public golf course and the Franklin Park Zoo. Here is an interactive map of the park's many features.

For public transportation: From the Orange line exit at Green Street or Forest Hills stations or take the 16 bus, which goes through the center of the park.

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.

City of Boston Parking Facility #32
492 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This city lot provides scarce off-street parking for the neighborhood. There are 33 parking spots and three of themMore are handicapped spots.

It is directly across from the Curley School. It is next to a small park on one side and the sidewalk of Centre Street on the other.

Parking Clerk -- City of Boston
1 City Hall Sq Rm 224, Boston, MA 02201

If you're having trouble finding the parking clerk's office in City Hall, just make your way to the second floor andMore look for the longest lines. The office manages all parking permits and tickets for the city through its multiple service windows at City Hall and, on any given day at any given time, the wait can be serious.

The parking clerk adjudicates all fines and fees from parking tickets, so appeals are handled through the office too.

Full explanations of how to obtain a residential parking permit, how to get a special occupancy parking permit (for delivery trucks) and how to challenge or pay a ticket are available at the parking clerk's website.

The site also offers e-mail alerts for street sweeping in a particular neighborhood and a search function for towed cars.

Adams Park
Washington St & Cummins Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131
Adams Park hosts a harvest festival, a tree lighting ceremony, a farmers market and summer programs andMore concerts. 
South Street Park
54 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
South Street Park provides open recreational space for residents throughout the Boston area. This park provides variousMore athletic fields, including a basketball court and tennis court. The space also houses landscape architecture and public art for visitors to appreciate. 
Franklin Park Villa Co-Op
131 Morton St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Located on a quiet, wooded block close to Franklin Park and the Arboretum, Franklin Park Villa is a subsidized 61-unitMore cooperative housing development for Boston's elderly. The building features 24-hour security; six of the one- and two-bedroom units are handicapped-accessible.
City of Boston Parking Facility #7
352 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This 24-space public parking lot provides scarce off-street parking in the Hyde Square-Jackson Square area of JamaicaMore Plain. There is a two-hour limit on spaces and one handicapped space.
Public Parking Co
3694 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This parking facility is conveniently located across the street from the Forest Hills MBTA station. There's no overnightMore parking, but the rates are reasonable: $6 per day. Payment is accepted in cash only.
Parks and Recreation Department - City of Boston
1010 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for managing more than 2,200 acres of park land in the cityMore including parks, playgrounds, city squares, monuments, athletic fields, cemeteries and golf courses. In addition to maintenance and enhancement projects, it is responsible for overseeing the use of each space. Individuals or groups wishing to reserve parks or athletic fields must apply for a permit either by mail, phone or by visiting the Department's Massachusetts Avenue office. For details on obtaining a permit or a schedule of public events hosted by Parks and Recreation, visit the department's website.

Free parking is hard to find on Mass Avenue.  The Nos. 10 and 8 buses stop directly in front of the building, while the closest T stop is Andrew Station on the Red Line, a .8-mile walk.

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