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

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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.

A grant from the state will fund the crosswalk from the Cabot Estates, and a grant from the city will fund the new path and landscaping.

The community is being asked to provide ideas, questions and specific areas of concern. There will also be discussion about planning timelines and opportunities for community participation.

Members of the South Street Youth Center who participated in a recent environmental education program will speak about preserving The Hill, also known as Hellenic Hill, which is on the west side of the pond. The Hellenic College owns a major part of the hill, while the city and state own the rest of the hill,.

There are six presenters scheduled for the agenda: State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez; State Rep. Liz Malia; Leo Roy, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation; District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley; Chris Cook, commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department; and members of the the South Street Youth Center Group will discuss the campaign to preserve Olmsted Hill.

The event is also co-sponsored by Olmsted 2022 and the Friends of Jamaica Pond.

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