News & Events
Historic Preservation Month 2014 Tour schedule To celebrate May is Historic Preservation Month, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will offer a series of four guided walking tours of the Back Bay Fens. The tours will focus on the history of the park and its unique structures, gardens and landscape. Participants will hear the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed a foul marsh into parkland and the subsequent changes to the landscape over the last century. Tours begin and end at the Shattuck Visitor Center, a historic building designed by H.H. Richardson to serve as a gatehouse in Olmsted’s sanitary improvement project. The 90-minute tours are free and open to the public.
Photography exhibit at the Shattuck Visitor Center April 4 – June 26 Photographer Joseph Weiler’s exhibit, “Central Park: Olmsted and Vaux’s First Park” is on view at the Shattuck Visitor Center Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 4 pm and selected hours Monday through Friday when the the room is not in use (call for times). A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held Sunday, May 4, 1-4 pm. View the exhibit online.
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America A new film produced by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey, a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy hosted the Boston premiere of a new Olmsted documentary to a sold-out crowd at the Museum of Fine Arts on April 23. Producer Lawrence Hott introduced the 60-minute film and took questions from the audience after the screening. Among Boston and Brookline notables appearing in the film (and attending the screening) include Margaret Dyson, Boston Parks and Recreation; Betsy Shure Gross, Co-founder, National Association for Olmsted Parks; and Keith Morgan, Director of Architectural Studies, Boston University. The film will air on PBS in June. Read more
Winter programs to keep the mind and body moving!
- Emerald Necklace docents lead a series of talks and tours at the Shattuck Visitor Center. Programs are free and open to the public.
The Conservancy is hiring!
- Green Team and Youth Leadership Program jobs.
A Thank you Party for Parks Commissioner Pollak
- Wednesday, Feb. 26 | 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM | $10 | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel |
RSVPJoin us to say thanks to the longest-running Parks Commissioner in Boston’s history, Toni Pollak – who’s not afraid to get her feet wet! Commissioner Pollak stayed to assist with the Mayoral Transition, but is excited to make her own transition and move on to a new challenge. Her work for the city includes many years in the Environment Department and then almost twelve years as Boston Parks Commissioner.
- The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Vol VIII: The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890
- December 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Doors open at 6:00 pm
- Books available for signing and purchase.
- Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum | 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale
- Fee: $10 | Students: Call 617.384.5277 to register for free. Register.
- A lecture and panel discussion in celebration of this newly-published landscape design resource.
- Program: Welcome, Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
- Introduction to The Papers, Charles Beveridge, Series Editor
- Interesting Aspects of Volume 8, Ethan Carr and Amanda Gagel, Editors
- Panel Discussion moderated by Ted Landsmark, President, Boston Architectural College
- Panelists: Margaret Dyson, Boston Parks and Recreation; Erin Gallentine, Brookline Parks and Open Space; Patrice Kish, Massachusetts, Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Sponsored by Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Friends of Fairsted, and National Association for Olmsted Parks in collaboration with the City of Boston, Parks and Recreation Department, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Town of Brookline, Parks and Open Space Division.
- DOT Public Meeting: Boston Ramps Study
- Dec 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Boston Public Library | CO5/6 on the Concourse Level
- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is conducting the Massachusetts Turnpike – Boston Ramps Study. The study is evaluating eight potential build alternatives in addition to the no-build alternative. Four of the alternatives will involve construction of new ramps along the Turnpike in the Back Bay and four of the alternatives will involve reconfiguration of the Bowker Overpass through the Charlesgate. Read more.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Put the Rose Garden to Bed
- December 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
- Help prepare the garden for the winter. Gloves, tools and instruction provided.
- Sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 15th Anniversary Run-Walk Challenge: 2000 miles!
- 50 Run/Walk challenge participants got to know the park in a new way as they completed 15 specially designed routes in and around the Necklace over the past 3 months. Run/Walk Challengers gathered at the Visitor Center on Oct. 2nd to celebrate their accomplishments, meet Great Runs author, Mark Lowenstein and receive their 15th anniversary tote bag and Great Runs book of their choice. Congratulations to all and stay tuned for the next Challenge. .
- Strong turnout for Parks Forum >
- More than 300 people crowded the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on August 15 to hear the mayoral candidates talk about parks and open space. Presented by the Boston Park Advocates, the Forum was moderated by Derrick Jackson, columnist for the Boston Globe, and Ted Landsmark, president of Boston Architectural College. Read more about the Forum.
- Olmsted Award of Excellence Presented to Longtime Park Advocate Sarah Freeman
- Award announced at 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 14.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy presented the Olmsted Award of Excellence to Sarah Freeman of the Arborway Coalition for her many years of volunteer service on behalf of the parks and parkways of the Emerald Necklace. Emerald Necklace Conservancy president Julie Crockford announced the award at the Conservancy’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 14 at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. Read full story>>
- Emerald Necklace Parks Champions Announced
- Awards presented at the 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 14th.
Nominated by their park peers, these award recipients are most often described as the “unsung heroes” of the parks. Their connection to and with the park is deep and longstanding and they have dedicated much time and energy in activities that improve, enliven or protect the parks.
- Congratulations to the Park Champion Award recipients:
- John Blackwell (posthumous) Arnold Arboretum
- Isabella Callanan (posthumous) Riverway
- Christine Cooper and John Iappini Jamaica Pond
- Sarah Freeman Emerald Necklace Parkways
- Walter Little and Dan Richardson Franklin Park
- Arlene and Hugh Mattison Olmsted Park
- Freddie Veikley Back Bay Fens
- Muddy River Restoration Project Update
- October 2013 Read the latest update to stay up to date on the construction schedule.
- Updated Bottle Bill
- March 2013 | The Updated Bottle Bill (UBB) has a record amount of support in the State Legislature with 95 Legislators signing on as co-sponsors (75 in the House and 20 in the Senate). This represents a 10% increase in the House since last session, as well as a majority of freshman representatives. The increase in support is an indication of the momentum that the bill will have this legislative session according to the bill’s chief sponsor in the House, Representative Hecht.
- The Bottle Bill has garnered public support over the years as the most effective way to increase recycling and decrease litter in public spaces. With your continued support it could very well become a reality in this year’s legislative session!
- The Emerald Necklace Conservancy would like to thank all those who contacted their legislators in support of the bill as well as the members of the Boston & Brookline delegations who signed as co-sponsors for the Updated Bottle Bill. A special thank you goes out to Cynthia Creem, chief sponsor in the Senate! More information.