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Emerald Necklace Greenway
Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts

The Vision

Once upon a time you could walk from the Charles River to Franklin Park along a continuous linear park...Not today...As we approach the new century it is time to reconnect the Emerald Necklace.

The Map

This map shows existing breaks in the Emerald Necklace Greenway, with pointers to suggestions for their remediation.

The Arborway

In January, 2003, Rizzo Associates presented the first steps toward a masterplan for the Arborway section of the Emerald Necklace, from Kelly Circle at Jamaica Pond to Shea Circle at the edge of Franklin Park. It is available as a 104-page, 4,207,189-byte PDF document.


In October 2000, the first bikelanes in Boston were painted on Perkins St. in Jamaica Plain were it crosses and parallels the Emerald Necklace.

The Poster

The Emerald Necklace Greenway poster is a work of art by Paul Normandia, with advocacy information on the back side.


Both the National Park Service Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline and the Boston Park Rangers lead informative tours of portions of the Emerald Necklace.

1999 Festival

September 19, 1999, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the reclaimed parkland in front of the Landmark Center on Park Drive in Boston.

2001 Festival

May 13, 2001, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, by the Francis Parkman monument and along Francis Parkman Drive behind Jamaica Pond in Boston.

Other Groups

Here are some of the other groups which are working to improve the Emerald Necklace.
Last updated August 3, 2007 by Doug Mink

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