Jamaica Pond Dock Rehabilitation Meeting on Jan. 30th

Community members are invited to discuss the rehabilitation of the Jamaica Pond dock in a public meeting on Jan. 30th. The Jamaica Pond dock is behind the boathouse and is used as a launching point for boats. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will provide a brief presentation at the meeting and then the community is welcome to give feedback on the presentation and the design process. Construction of the new dock is scheduled to start this spring.

New Pedestrian Walk, Path Around Pond Being Discussed at Celebration of Jamaica Pond Park Meeting

Two grants that will fund the creation of a new path around Jamaica Pond and a pedestrian walk from the Cabot Estates into Jamaica Pond Park will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday night. The grants will also provide funding for landscaping. The Jane Addams-Ellen Swallow Richards-Harriet Tubman Institute is presenting a Celebration of Jamaica Pond Park on Thursday, Jan. 18th at the First Church in Jamaica Plain (6 Eliot St.) at 7 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Twins Veronica (left) and Victoria, 9, light lanterns in preparation for the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade on Oct. 18, 2014. The girls are involved in Spontaneous Celebrations’ La Piñata program, a traditional music and dance group directed by Rosalba Solis.

34th Annual Jamaica Plain Lantern Parade Oct. 21st & 22nd

One of the greatest JP traditions is the annual Lantern Parade around Jamaica Pond. Children, adults (and dogs!) gather to enjoy music, food and drink, design their own lanterns, and then walk around the pond with their glowing creations. People are welcome to gather at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse from 5:30 to 9 pm. The parades starts at 6 pm on both Saturday, Oct. 21st and Sunday, Oct.

Red Algae Bloom in Jamaica Pond? No. But If There Were, What About Dogs?

Jamaica Plain News was recently contacted by a reader who said she had been approached by a Boston park ranger at Jamaica Pond and warned of possible red algae blooms and the effect they may have on dogs. Red algae blooms, or red tide as they are commonly called, may release toxins and cause harm to humans and animals. But thankfully, as of June 16, officials report there did not appear to be a red algae bloom at the pond. "We have not identified red algae, but usually in past cases with algae blooms, the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife have tested," said Ryan Woods, director of external affairs for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Woods added that swimming is not allowed at Jamaica Pond. But it is common to see dogs cooling off in the pond, so we inquired what dog owners should do if their pooch swims in a water source affected by red algae. "For some dogs, the algae can pose a problem, particularly if they tend to drink the water while swimming in it.