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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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Franklin Park

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Community Meeting
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Franklin Park Pathways Improvements
Thurs, Jan 19 | 6 pm
Franklin Park Golf Club House
1 Circuit Dr, Dorchester
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite the public to the first community meeting for Phase V of ongoing improvements to the pathways at Franklin Park.
Snow date: 1/26

Winter Fun
REI’s “All Out” 2017
Sat, Jan 28 |10 am – 3 pm
At Daisy Field, Olmsted Park
We’re teaming up with REI for a day of winter activities. Try out gear and learn to snowshoe, navigate by compass, or cross-country ski. Refreshments. Classes are free. SIGN UP

Accepting applications now for Summer Employment

Green Team Program Assistant
Green Team Crew Leaders

An Emerald Evening
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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.


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.

An Emerald Evening

A special thank you to all who joined us and supported An Emerald Evening as we honored Ben Taylor with the Olmsted Award of Excellence. Photo: Ben Taylor with (L-R) Wendy Shattuck and Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek.
Olmsted Tree Society

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.

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.
Kelleher Rose Garden

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!

starhYouth Education is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

bcf_logoYouth Education is partially supported by a grant from the Brookline Youth Fund at the Brookline Community Foundation.