Emerald Necklace

Boston, bejeweled in green

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In 1878, Frederick Law Olmsted created contiguous green spaces across Boston’s cityscape. He connected existing gardens to new parks and greenways, creating a seven-mile string of natural beauty. The Emerald Necklace is as functional as it is lovely. Mainly, it has provided centuries of recreation for residents and an ecosystem for urban wildlife. Each park has something to offer, but the whole chain is perfect for walking, jogging or cycling.

Follow the green trail from the north to south through the city: Boston Common, the Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.

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