Jamaica Pond Parkrun Moving to Arnold Arboretum Starting This Weekend

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Starting June 8th and every week thereafter the Jamaica Plain Parkrun will take place at the Arnold Arboretum.


The Jamaica Pond path that Jamaica Pond Parkrun uses as its course has played host to runners, walkers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts for more than 100 years now. So maybe it comes as no surprise that from time to time, the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation has to perform some upkeep so it remains smooth, beautiful, and welcoming for future generations.

That’s the situation for JPparkrun right now. You may have even noticed the construction equipment and fencing that’s been popping up lately. Luckily, there’s no shortage of green space in Boston. So, we worked with our local City Councilor Matt O'Malley to find a new temporary home for JPparkrun while the construction crews do their thing at the pond, and wound up in none other than the Arnold Arboretum.

‘The Arb,’ as locals call it, is a park that has it all: wide-paved streets, a surprisingly large network of trails, impressive hills (you can even catch a glimpse of the Boston skyline from Peters Hill), a beautiful grove of lilacs, and a whole lot of history. The core team at JPparkrun has managed to stuff all of these amazing aspects into one spectacular free, timed 5k every Saturday at 9 am. The Arboretum will be our summer home starting June 8th, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Here are some details about our new location:

What is the new route?
The route is one lap on asphalt and trail terrain. The start is located near the Visitor's Center. Run marshals will be posted along the course to ensure all our runners keep on track.

Will my parkrun still count towards my milestone goals?
YES! Parkrun will continue to be free, timed and 5k.

How do I register?
Head to www.parkrun.us/register.

Wait! I have more questions!
Contact us at jamaicapond@parkrun.com.

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