News & Events
- 15th Anniversary Run-Walk Challenge: 15 Routes / 3 Months / 40 Miles
- In celebration of our 15th Anniversary we have partnered with Mark Lowenstein, author of the Great Runs series of books, to create the Emerald Necklace Challenge – a challenge to run or walk the entire Emerald Necklace with connections to surrounding areas. Mark has custom designed 15 routes that take you through the parks and neighboring communities and green spaces. You can start the Challenge anytime, but you must finish on or before September 29th in order to receive your Challenge Gift Bag. Register/More information.
- June Tours Highlight History and Gardens of the Fens
- The spectacular gardens of the Fens will be a highlight of the Sunday afternoon tours during the month of June. Led by Emerald Necklace docents, the guided 90-minute walks through the Back Bay Fens will include stops at the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Fenway Victory Garden, the oldest WWII-era victory garden in continuous operation in America. Participants will hear how the Fens was transformed from a foul and polluted mudflat to a scenic salt marsh to the parkland of today. Tours are free. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.
- Sundays in June: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
- Meet at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway
- New Saturday Hours at Shattuck Visitor Center
- Thanks to support from the Mission Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Trust, Inc., the Shattuck Visitor Center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 12 -4 pm, in addition to weekdays, 9 am – 5 pm.. The expanded weekend hours will continue through October. Visitors can talk with an Emerald Necklace docent, borrow a bird kit, pick up a map or event schedule and view a rotating display of materials including historic photos and information about the Muddy River Restoration Project.
- 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
- May 2013 Read the 90-Day Look Ahead 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.