Emerald Necklace Walk

Lace up the walking shoes and join us for the first-ever Conservancy-led walk through Olmsted’s masterpiece!


Enjoy a seven-mile walk on a spring day through Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace—from the Fens to Franklin Park— with Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek and some very special guests. Brief stops along the way will allow participants see recent park improvements and hear about the exciting things to come for the Emerald Necklace, considered by many to be one of the greatest park systems ever designed.

Starting at the Shattuck Visitor Center, the walk will traverse the Back Bay Fens to Charlesgate and continue along to the restored Muddy River, where the brand new Justine Mee Liff Park takes center stage overlooking the recently day-lighted river. From there, walkers will stroll the banks of the river along the Riverway, glimpsing, perhaps the turtles and herons that are frequent visitors. Iconic structures loom large in this park—the picturesque Round House, bridle path and granite bridges.

Next up is Olmsted Park with its scenic waterways and ponds and on to Jamaica Pond where we’ll stop for a lunch break at Pinebank Promontory before heading to the Arnold Arboretum for some flora sights and scents. The walk continues on to Franklin Park, which Olmsted himself considered to be one of his greatest achievements. Participants will enjoy vistas that transport the viewer back in time—Schoolmaster Hill, the 99 Steps and Ellicott Arch, to name a few.

Emerald Necklace Walk

June 3, 2017
8 am – 3 pm

Start: Back Bay Fens, Shattuck Visitor Center
End: Franklin Park, The Playstead (near White Stadium)
Length of walk: approx 7 miles
Free, space limited, reservations required

What to bring

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

Important info

  • Dress in layers
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This is a rain or shine event but will be cancelled for extreme weather.

For more information, contact Jeanie Knox, jknox@emeraldnecklace.org  or call 617-522-2700.