Historical Society Leading (Real Life) Walking Tours of Stony Brook, Hyde Square, Jamaica Pond and More

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is leading four real life walking tours during the next four weekends. The hourlong tours are on Saturdays . The tour schedule is as follows: Stony Brook; Hyde Square; Green Street; and Jamaica Pond. JPHS has had to adapt their tours to modern pandemic times. "Luckily, the tours are all outside and that also makes things safer.

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DCR Playgrounds, Spray Decks and Fitness Areas Now Open to Public

Summer weather is here and now we can all go to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spray decks, playgrounds, and fitness areas, after the agency announced they're all open for public use. The reopening is part of Phase II of the state's reopening plan. According to a press release, DCR will conduct "periodic cleanings of spray decks, playgrounds and fitness areas." Signage has also been posted to provide guidance to visitors on proper use. There are nine DCR-run playgrounds/spray decks/fitness areas in Jamaica Plain:

Amory Playground (Amory Street)
Anson Spalding Street Playground (Spalding Street)
Boynton Hall Street Playground (Hall Street)
Corporal Joseph E. Johnson Playground and Spray Deck (Green Street)
Everett Street Playground (Everett Street)
Lorber Family Playground (Jackson Square)
Mission Hill Deck Playground (Tremont Street)
New Minton Street Playground (New Minton Street)
Stony Brook Playground and Spray Deck (Lamartine Street)

The Johnson Spray Deck also recently got a facelift with picnic benches and soft padding replaced the hard concrete by the spray fountains.

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JP Historical Society Launches Walking Neighborhood Tour Series

Twenty-three years ago the then president of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Rhea Becker, had an idea. Why not conduct a series of walking tours during the summer months as a way to highlight the rich history of JP for people? The JPHS has been conducting historic walking tours of Jamaica Plain tours ever since. From the four tours that debuted on the schedule in 1995, the offerings have now expanded to include seven different tours. Each tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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Snow Melter Toils Away at Arborway Yard

Barletta Heavy Construction used a Canadian made snow melter to evaporate tons of snow removed from tracks by the MBTA. The melted snow is pumped into  Stony Brook  which flows northeasterly in a 7 foot brick culvert under the busyard. Credit: Richard Heath

For snow-weary residents, it can be a beautiful sight: Piles and piles of the stuff being melted away. That's what's happening right in Forest Hills as crews work the snow melter at the Arborway Yard. Here are a few photos.

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Map from Aug. 11, 1969 Boston Globe showing proposed Southwest Expressway

Learn How JP Stopped I-95

Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Thursday, Aug. 28. Walking Tour of Stony Brook: The JP Historical Society's season of free walking tours is winding to a close, with just one month of them left. On Saturday, take the Stony Brook tour, where you'll learn about how the community rose up in the 1970s to stop a highway being built right through our neighborhood.

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