Jamaica Pond

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Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Plain, MA

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In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, some of Boston's wealthiest residents built summer homes to which they escaped from city life, when Jamaica Plain was still "the country." Later, an ice cutting industry developed. When the land was purchased by the city, the homes and icehouses were removed, and the area restored to what Olmsted described as "a natural sheet of water with quiet graceful shores . . ." Olmsted then saved much of the existing vegetation. Tree groupings, shrubs and pathways were added to frame the pond and enhance public use. 


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12/12/2017
Some times you don't want to go all the way into town
for a nice walk along the water. Bad weather in the forecast had us doing our walk at Jamaica Pond instead of going into the city to our usual walk at Castle Island. Parking can be tough but the...
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9/16/2017
Wonderful place for a relaxing walk
Jamaica Pond is beautiful in every season. Our first time was in the Winter and we would walk Beezee the beagle around the pond at least once a day. We were staying right across the street, so we...
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7/10/2017
So charming, so calming.
Every morning, early, or late afternoon, I breath in the wonderful air and the natural sites of Jamaica plain pond. I have learnt it was made by a glacier many moons ago. Early morning you...
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