JP resident named top Emerald Necklace volunteer

Jamaica Plain resident Gerry Wright has been named volunteer of the year by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy (ENC), the nonprofit friends group for the Emerald Necklace park system.

Wright will be honored at the ENC’s Nov. 12 annual meeting featuring a keynote address by Ned Friedman, director of the local Arnold Arboretum.

Wright is the founder of Friends of Jamaica Pond and the “Olmsted 2022” project, an effort to spur environmental programs to coincide with the 200th birthday of Emerald Necklace designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Wright also frequently portrays Olmsted in one-man shows and local events.

Friedman will speak about “The Emerald Necklace: Urban Gems of Landscape and Biodiversity.”

The annual meeting will be held Tues., Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. (with a 5:30 p.m. reception) at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. RSVPs are requested at 617-522-2700 or

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