1,100 Acres to Explore – And to Spread Out!

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

During this period of social distancing, we at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy understand the critical importance of park access and the physical and mental health benefits of spending limited 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 maintain the recommended distance of 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.

Check back weekly as we create and share more activities for children, families and park explorers.

Stay Healthy and Safe While Visiting the Parks

Park users should follow “social distancing” guidelines and adhere to recommendations from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Remain at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Wash hands and/or utilize hand sanitizer before and after going outside
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow
  • Limit time in public areas and avoid congregating in groups
  • Stay home if you feel sick

Exploring the Parks In Person or Online

We encourage you to spread out and discover new places in the Emerald Necklace during this time. 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 www.emeraldnecklace.tours 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.

The Parks are Here for You

In these uncertain times, our parks are the perfect places to exercise, meditate, recharge and enjoy a change of scenery. Learn more about the many benefits parks provide to people and the environment:

Support the Emerald Necklace at this Critical Time

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.

Shades of green are beginning to sneak back onto the scene. Welcome, springtime. || 📸: The Riverway by Instagrammer @teadubyaa || #EmeraldNecklaceParks