Once again, Jamaica Plain has demonstrated how much our community cares about our parks and open spaces by embracing an opportunity to partner with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to help revitalize and create greater access to the Arborway Hillside portion (Casey Overpass to Centre Street rotary) of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.
Every dollar raised by the community is being matched by the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Fund and then doubled by DCR. Since the window of opportunity for this grant was only two-and-a-half weeks, the immediate and generous response of so many neighbors, organizations and institutions has been particularly gratifying.
Partners include: Arboretum Park Conservancy, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston Nature Center, Earthworks, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Emerald Necklace Greenway Project, Faulkner Hospital, Franklin Park Coalition, Hyde Square Task Force, JP Trees, Jamaica Hills Association, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Public Service Committee, Jamaica Pond Association, St. Rose Street Neighborhood Association, Yale Terrace Neighborhood Association, Zoo New England, our city and state elected officials, DCR Staff and members of the Arborway Coalition and the Jamaica Pond Project. Special thanks to the Jamaica Plain Gazette for one of the earliest contributions and for its ongoing coverage. This project, when implemented, will benefit Jamaica Plain, its visitors and future generations.
We thank and appreciate all participants.
Sarah Freeman, Arborway Coalition
Gerry Wright, Jamaica Pond Project