Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century designed the Emerald Necklace park system, incorporating vast green spaces, woodlands, waterways, parkways and structures. His vision survived remarkably intact despite periods of neglect and substantial changes; for this we are fortunate and grateful. However, we share with government the responsibility of insuring that it is properly maintained.
Heartfelt thanks to the Jamaica Plain Gazette and more than 60 of our good neighbors who contributed generously toward the upcoming restoration of the deteriorating historic stone wall located across the Jamaicaway from Jamaica Pond. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Office of Public Private Partnerships) will match these funds raised, dollar for dollar, with funds designated for such projects on state (Department of Conservation and Recreation) property. This restoration will enable present and future generations to continue to appreciate and enjoy this piece of the park.
This project is a shining example of neighborhood associations (Jamaica Pond Project, Jamaica Pond Association, Jamaica Hills Association, Arborway Coalition), local businesses and individuals and organizations (Emerald Necklace Conservancy, New Boston Fund) collaborating towards a common goal. Although the names of the participants are too numerous to list individually, each will receive a letter thanking them for their generosity. Let us hope that 2007 brings additional activities of this nature. With gratitude…