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Welcome to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

Boston and Brookline’s historic and vibrant park system

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Kelleher Rose Garden

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Emerald Necklace Conservancy

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Imagining Franklin Park

Thurs, Feb.16 | 6:30-8 pm
Franklin Park Golf Course Function Room
1 Circuit Dr, Boston, 02121
Presented by Imagine Boston 2030, Boston Parks & Recreation and Franklin Park Coalition.

Annual Meeting 2017
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Featuring Speak Out Lecture by John Francis, PhD
Wed, Mar. 22 | 6:00 pm
Mass College of Art and Design

Accepting applications now for Summer Employment

Green Team Crew Leaders

Art Exhibit at the Shattuck Visitor Center

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“Natural and Manmade Landscapes:Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.” Watercolor paintings by Thomas Loring.  Details
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Birding in the Emerald Necklace
Takes place in all the parks. Birding Kits are available at the Shattuck Visitor Center with binoculars, birding book in a knapsack. For more information about the birding kits call 617-522-2700. The Emerald Necklace Bird Club has organized birding activities.

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Annual Meeting 2017

Please join us on March 22 for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Speak Out Lecture,"Walking the Earth: Steps Toward Sustainability" by Dr. John Francis. The event is free and open to the public.

Community Preservation Act

Thank you, Boston voters, for supporting and passing the Community Preservation Act! Our parks will benefit from this important legislation that will create a dedicated funding stream for parks, affordable housing and historic preservation.
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Olmsted Tree Society

Pruning and Planting Fifteen Littleleaf Linden trees (Tilia cordata) were planted along Park Drive in the Back Bay Fens in June and safety pruning continues along the Emerald Necklace parkways.The Olmsted Tree Society (OTS) was established to make the preservation of the trees in the Emerald Necklace parks one of the Conservancy’s highest priorities.

Muddy River Restoration

Phase 1 of the Muddy River Restoration Project is completed with the daylighting of the river in front of the Landmark Center.
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Kelleher Rose Garden

The Kelleher Rose Garden sits just behind a yew hedge in the Back Bay Fens and greets visitors with a dazzling display of more than 1,500 roses along its garden paths and trellises. Adding to the drama is a reconstructed 1930’s-era fountain encircled by statuary. Open from mid-April through October.

Supporting our Youth Programs!

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