Here For You

Boston and Brookline’s Emerald Necklace Parks, including Charlesgate Park, the Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park, are open for you.

We at 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 enjoy the Emerald Necklace in person or from the comfort of your home, we’ve compiled a list of resources and tips.

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

In accordance with guidelines from the CDC, Park users who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Stay home if you have been exposed to or have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

When visiting buildings within the Emerald Necklace, please adhere to the site’s guidelines on social distancing, masking and occupancy.

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, explore and spread out. Learn more about 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.

    We are excited to welcome you back to the reopened Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway!

    Visit us Weds-Friday from 9:30-5:00 to learn about the Necklace, pick up a free map or use our public restrooms. Hours will be expanding, so check for updates at