Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain is a part of Boston in Suffolk County with the zip code 02130 and is known by the locals as J.P. It borders the town of Brookline to the north, the Boston communities of West Roxbury and Roslindale to the west and south, and the Boston communities of Roxbury and The Fenway to the east. Its notable feature is the area’s mixture of an urban environment with beautiful open green space. The famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, designed the renowned Emerald Necklace stretching from Back Bay to Franklin Park running the length of Jamaica Plain. Most of the parks that create the Emerald Necklace are in Jamaica Plain. Olmstead Park consists of 58.81 acres of walking and bicycle paths, a small pond, and lush mature greenery. Jamaica Pond consists of 109.35 acres of mainly the scenic pond surrounded by a popular walking path and grassy beaches. Many find this area to be an urban oasis and frequent it often.

A few blocks beyond the Jamaica Pond lies the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, also a part of the Emerald Necklace. The 265 acre gated grounds are open to the public for walking and biking, but it is a research and educational institution. Within the grounds are fabulous plant collections labeled for easy identification. Large greenhouses offer a protected environment for specialty plants and research facilities. Many enjoy the educational opportunities from adult lectures and courses to guided tours of the grounds to a variety of programs for children. The entire City of Boston celebrates Lilac Sunday in June at the Arboretum along with other scheduled special events. Dogs are welcomed as long as they remain on a leash. It is a wonderful place to meet people, have a picnic, or just lie in the grass! For more information, you can contact the Arboretum directly at (617) 524-1718 or email: web@arnarb.harvard.edu.

Each of these areas is accessible by car or foot. The main thoroughfare that runs parallel to the parks is called The Jamaicaway, which connects to The Arborway. These multi-lane roads are lined with mature trees and handsome, large turn of the century homes. The Jamaicaway and Arborway are considered some of the more scenic roads in Boston. The neighborhoods surrounding these parks are very desirable and consist of beautiful homes. They also share their names for easy identification.

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