There are a total of 16 playgrounds in Jamaica Plain managed by either Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) or the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. So how accessible are all of them? The 16 playgrounds have varied features including age-based play structures, splash pads, spray decks, athletic fields, swings, a sandbox, and more. Currently, DCR is assessing opportunities to make improvements at their agency-managed playgrounds across the Commonwealth. In Jamaica Plain, DCR manages nine sites that include playgrounds, spray decks, benches, gardens, and sport courts.
The South Street Mall is in the midst of a facelift that includes new basketball hoops , LED lighting, and the installation of a drinking fountain. The courts are being resurfaced and repainted to include a total of six pickleball courts as seen in the graphic below. The two tennis nets and two basketball hoops will remain at the mall, said Liz Sullivan, Director of External Affairs and Marketing for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The lights are being upgraded to LED, and a drinking fountain that includes a bottle filling option has already been installed. Sullivan said the courts should be completed early April, and then the city will come back early May when the weather allows for the court painting.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host its biennial fundraiser virtually and honor Mayor Marty Walsh with its 2020 Olmsted Award of Excellence. The award will be honoring the Walsh administration’s significant capital investments in the Emerald Necklace, representing historic funding for parks according to a press release. The fundraiser is being hosted tonight (October 14). “Mayor Walsh’s tenure has seen unprecedented capital commitments to Boston’s parks – $114 million has been spent by the Boston Parks Department on 170 construction projects and $60 million allocated to the 1,100 acre Emerald Necklace, the largest-ever capital funding for Boston Parks. These projects include Improvements to Jamaica Pond Pathways and Perimeter, Liff Park restoration, Olmsted Park enhancements, projects funded by the Community Preservation Act and many more.
Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods in southwestern Boston have the highest tree canopies in the city. Generally speaking, the tree canopy is the part of the city shaded by trees. The city recently released a tree canopy assessment for 2014-2019. This year's worth of analysis is from high-quality, high resolution LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) images captured during airplane flyovers of Boston, according to a press release. Boston's Parks and Recreation Department commissioned the report to understand which areas have the most potential for increased tree cover, and analyze how the city's canopy cover has changed.
The city is celebrating the $4.7 million in improvements to the pathways and perimeter to Jamaica Pond on Nov. 23 -- and if you haven't seen it yet -- check out the photos. Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating the culmination of the Jamaica Pond Pathways Project at noontime. The improvements include increased accessibility, new benches, new trees, new exercise equipment, upgrades to pathways and entrances, as well as improved drainage to protect water quality. During the ceremony the Jamaica Pond Boathouse will be named in honor of Christine Cooper.