Public and Private Partners

The extraordinary 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace are owned and cared for by the joint efforts of Boston, Brookline, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These public agencies hold the parks in trust for the public, ensuring the parks are open to everyone, everyday, year-round.

Boston Parks & Recreation manages most of the Necklace’s parkland, which accounts for more than half of the department’s total park acreage. In the 1990s, BP&R under the leadership of late Parks Commissioner Justine Mee Liff helped spearhead the renewal of the Olmsted-designed parks and the founding of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. | (617) 635-PARK

Brookline Parks and Open Space manages the western sides of Olmsted Park and the Riverway. Brookline has the unique distinction of having added to the acreage of Olmsted Park in the late 1990s by converting a redundant road into a fully landscaped, dual path system to separate walkers and bikers. | (617) 730-2088

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has “care, custody and control” of the Emerald Necklace Parkways, which are managed as scenic, pleasure vehicle roadways and protected under the Massachusetts Historic Parkways Initiative.
www.massmgov.dcr | 617.626.1250

Arboretum Park Conservancy (617) 542-8552
The Arborway Coalition (617) 276-5093
Arnold Arboretum (617) 524-1718
Boston Bikes (617) 635-2275
Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness (617) 534-2647
The Boston Committee, Garden Club of America (617) 730-8122
Boston Cyclists Union (617) 620-1989
Boston Natural Areas Network (617) 542-7696
Boston Nature Center of MA Audubon (617) 983-8500
Boston Parks & Recreation Department (617) 635-4505
Boston Park Rangers Department (617) 635-7383
Boston Water & Sewer Commission (617) 989-7000
Brookline Greenspace Alliance(617) 277-4777
Brookline Parks and Open Space Division (617) 730-2088
Brookline Recreation Department (617) 730-2069
Colleges of the Fenway (617) 632-2729
East Coast Greenway (919) 797-0619
Emerald Necklace Greenway Project (617) 522-1382  Contact Jeffrey Ferris
The Fenway Alliance(617) 437-7544
Fenway Civic Association (617) 278-4341
Fenway Community Development Corporation (617) 267-4637
Fenway Garden Society/Fenway Victory Gardens (857) 244-0262
Franklin Park Coalition (617) 442-4141
Franklin Park Zoo / Zoo New England (617) 541-5466
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (617) 566-1689
Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit
Friends of Jamaica Pond (617) 524-7070
Friends of Leverett Pond (617) 232-6083
Friends of the Muddy River (617) 566-9720
Friends of the Public Garden(617) 723-8144
Garden Club Federation of MA (781) 237-0336
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum(617) 566-1401
Jamaica Hills Association(617) 522-3326
Jamaica Pond Association (617) 522-1392
Livable Streets Alliance (617) 621-1746
MASCO: Medical, Academic and Scientific Community Organization, Inc. (617) 632-2310
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (617) 626-1250
Museum of Fine Arts Boston (617) 267-9300
National Association for Olmsted Parks (202) 223-9113
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park (617) 265-4084

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115


9:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday (May-October):
11:00am – 4:00pm