This linear system of parks and parkways was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to connect the Boston Common, which dates from the colonial period, and the 1837 Public Garden along the Muddy River and Leverett, Willow, Ward's and Jamaica ponds through the Arnold Arboretum to the great country park — Franklin Park.
From Boston Common to Franklin Park, it is approximately seven miles by foot through the parks.
Emerald Necklace parksParks
Hear the echoes of 350 years of the most extraordinary history of America's oldest park.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
The Mall's 32 acres were designed in the French boulevard style by Arthur Gilman in 1856.
The Riverway provides scenic relief for commuter on foot, on bicycles, and on the parkways.
Much of the park is heavily wooded, but Leverett Pond, forming the western border, presents a beautiful vista.
Bostonians flock to Jamaica Pond for concerts, children's programs, theater performances, rowing, sailing, fishing...
The Arboretum is a living museum dedicated to the study and appreciation of woody plants.