Here For You

Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace Parks, including the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park, remain open

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy understand the critical importance of park access and the physical and mental health benefits of spending time outside. To help you access and use the Emerald Necklace parks safely outdoors or from the comfort of your home, we’ve compiled a list of resources and tips – and we remind you to wear a face covering and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from other individuals in the parks when enjoying time outdoors.

With 1,100 acres of parkland – that’s more than 800 football fields – the Emerald Necklace is here for you.

Park users should follow social distancing guidelines and adhere to recommendations from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Remain at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Wear a cloth face covering while outdoors
  • Wash hands and/or utilize hand sanitizer before and after going outside
  • Stay home if you feel sick

It’s a great time to spread out and discover new places in the Emerald Necklace. Greenspaces like Franklin Park, Olmsted Park and the Back Bay Fens provide ample space to walk and explore while observing a six-foot social distancing radius. Learn more these parks and our historic park system, from the field or in your home, using our online resources:

  • Our mobile tour guide at contains information and history on more than 50 locations within the Emerald Necklace parks, park-by-park tours, seasonal tours and more – all available from your mobile device!
  • Digital, ready-to-print copies of our full Emerald Necklace map and maps of each Emerald Necklace park are available for download.
  • Follow us on social media via the Conservancy’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

    We’ve also been hard at work creating new activities and compiling resources to connect and educate park users to the Emerald Necklace and the natural world around. With options ranging from environmental science lessons to a symphony based on the parks themselves, there’s something for everyone to learn and explore. Check back weekly for new activities!

    Your support of our parks matters today more than ever. Please consider a gift to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy during this critical time to ensure the health, vibrancy and safety of these valuable green spaces for all. Make a gift to our Emerald Fund today.

    The presentation of these resources is made possible with generous support from The Caroline Loughlin Fund and a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

    Tree care alert! Piles of potential firewood at the golf course parking lot - will be there till Monday. Free for the taking. Thanks to @EmNecklaceBos and the Liff Fund for keeping #FranklinPark trees healthy.