The White Squirrel of Jamaica Pond, circa August 2007

Video: White Squirrel Spotted at Jamaica Pond

In Jamaica Plain we love our white squirrels! Recently another one of the rare rodents was seen at their favorite local haunt of Jamaica Pond. Cari Brennen took this video of a white squirrel at Jamaica Pond in November 2019 and shared it with Jamaica Plain News. Through the years there have been a concentration of white squirrels seen at Jamaica Pond and in Boston Common. The white squirrel is usually a morph of an Eastern Grey Squirrel, according to untamedscience.com.

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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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The Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, a tradition hosted by community group Spontaneous Celebrations since 1984, attracts thousands of local residents and visitors from outside the neighborhood every year for a weekend of beautiful lights. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Jamaica Pond Boat House.

36th Annual Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades on Oct. 19 & 20

If you're new to Jamaica Plain you're going to want to check out this weekend's Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades. Hundreds of people of all ages (and dogs), some costumed and some not, will gather for pre-Halloween fun in the annual presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond. This year marks the 36th year of the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades that happen on both Saturday and Sunday. Before the parade, people gather by the Jamaica Pond Boat House, and hang their lanterns to display for all to enjoy the varied designs. The parades start at dusk on both Saturday and Sunday, as people walk around the pond holding their lanterns.

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Jamaica Pond Photo Walk

End your summer in style! Join the Conservancy and local photography organization @IGBoston for a guided tour and photo meetup on the shores of Jamaica Pond- filled with beautiful scenes for landscapes, portraits, and more. The walk will begin at 5pm on Saturday, September 21 at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Participants will circle the pond and unique locations nearby before returning to the Boathouse to capture the sunset. Don’t miss this chance to learn about and photograph one of Boston’s most beautiful green spaces!

21 Local Bands Performing at JP Music Festival on Sept. 7

Twenty-one local bands will be performing at the 9th Annual JP Music Festival this Saturday. The free festival will kickoff with a rendition of America the Beautiful at 11:55 am, and then the bands will takeover on two stages until 7 pm. The JP Music Festival is a great event for people (and dogs) of all ages. It's at the Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond, so there's lots of room to move around. There will also be food trucks, including The Bacon Truck, Bao Nation, Bon Me, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Daddy’s Bonetown Burgers, J.P. Licks, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.

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