Check Out The Improvements to Jamaica Pond Thanks to The Pathways Project

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.

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City to Replace Pagel Field Turf After JP Youth Soccer Petition

Pagel Field on Hyde Park Avenue is one of the most used fields in Boston, and that use has made the artificial terrain unsafe, according to an online petition. In response to the petition, the city will be doing a full turf replacement. "The artificial turf on the field desperately needs to be replaced. It is significantly worn down and there are health and safety concerns with children playing on a field in such a state of neglect. Replacing the surface with new turf will provide a safer and better soccer experience for children in our community," reads the change.org petition.

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Free Watercolor Workshop for Kids at Jamaica Pond on June 9; Materials Provided

The popular ParksARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops are back, with an upcoming event for budding artists ages nine and up at Jamaica Pond on June 9th. Juleen Jones, who has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art, and owns a custom painting business called The Artist Touch, is the featured instructor. Child artists of all skill levels are welcome to create "greenspace-inspired masterpieces" and all materials will be provided. This is a free event led by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Holly and David Bruce. The JP workshop is the first of six workshops across the city.All classes are held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. weather permitting.

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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.

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