“So, What should be the dream? Our dream? I want to be able to say I will meet you “upstream” or “downstream” of the Muddy River– in our Necklace. I want to see these 1100 acres gain their rightful place as the truly world-class park that Frederick Law Olmsted envisioned.
The Emerald Necklace we strive for will be a 21st century vision of the 19th century park, but if it holds Olmsted’s promise of providing those “feelings of enhanced freedom” to the users, and the sustainability principles he forwarded, we can ensure a park and a green future for Boston of which we can all be proud.
I am counting on all of you, each of you, to do your part.”
-Janet Atkins, in her acceptance of the Olmsted Award of Excellence
An Emerald Evening
Thank you to all who joined and supported the Emerald Necklace Conservancy as we celebrated the many achievements of Janet Atkins. As the Conservancy marks 20 years of restoring and improving the Emerald Necklace for all, we are deeply grateful to everyone who helped make An Emerald Evening special.
Honoring Janet Atkins
Janet’s years of dedication to the Emerald Necklace include service on the Conservancy Board; co-chairing Party in the Park, the Conservancy’s high-profile annual fundraiser; assisting in the restoration of the Kelleher Rose Garden and Fountain; launching the Olmsted Tree Society and Emerald Necklace Tree Inventory to ensure stewardship of trees in the Emerald Necklace; and introducing key initiatives to encourage new donor involvement in and support of the Conservancy. Janet brings strategic vision, wisdom and experience to all her work on behalf of the Conservancy and Boston’s parks, helping build organizational capacity and further the Conservancy’s mission, to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all.
We are grateful to benefit from Janet’s passion and commitment to our parks, and, in honor of Janet, all proceeds from ticket and sponsorship sales to An Emerald Evening will support the Conservancy’s ongoing work of tree care and capital improvements in the Emerald Necklace parks, education programs for youth and adults, year-round activities that engage the local public with these historic parks, and more.
The Olmsted Award of Excellence
The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization who demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks. The award was presented to park supporter and advocate, Sarah Freeman, in 2013, former Governor Michael Dukakis in 2014 and Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board President Ben Taylor in 2016.