Located in the Northeastern United States, the Emerald Necklace is a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways.
About the Emerald Necklace
Boston’s park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted between 1878 and 1896. Later coined the Emerald Necklace, this 7-mile-long chain of parks, parkways and waterways includes the Back Bay Fens (and Charlesgate Park), the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park. The system spans over 1,000 acres and accounts for half of the City of Boston’s park acreage.
The Emerald Necklace is one of the nation’s earliest examples of green infrastructure— using organic materials such as stone, earth and plants to help absorb water and filter pollutants. This innovative, interconnected system of waterways and parkland not only improved the sanitation of a rapidly-expanding Boston but also formed a linked series of parks, allowing residents to enjoy a once-polluted and unwelcoming part of their city.
The Necklace was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Olmsted Park System in 1971, while the Fens and Franklin Park are Boston Landmarks. In 1996, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy was created to protect, restore, maintain and promote the park system. Today, with the help of local agencies and stewardship groups like the conservancy, the Emerald Necklace continues to serve its purpose of flood protection and water management for more than a dozen neighborhoods in Boston and the surrounding areas.
Fenway Victory Gardens by Evan Bradley
Shared SpacesSpotlight on…Boston’s Emerald Necklace
Crowds enjoy Boston’s Emerald Necklace in honor of OlmstedOn Saturday, September 24, Boston’s Emerald Necklace Conservancy, in partnership with co-organizers at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (FLONHS)...
News from Emerald Necklace ConservancyPruning in the Emerald Necklace Boston’s Emerald Necklace, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and stewarded by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy,...
A Humanities Class in Boston Explores Olmsted and His LegacyAdjacent to the Emerald Necklace in Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology recently marked Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday by launching...
Olmsted & the Olmsted Firm
Arnold Arboretum Celebrates 150!The Sesquicentennial was a time to explore the history of the Arboretum. In a special lecture presented on March 29,...
Spotlight on…the Arnold ArboretumOne of the landmark commissions in the storied career of Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has...
The Arnold Arboretum is the nation’s first—and now oldest—public arboretum. It is home to a living collection of 16,000 accessioned plants mapped across 281 acres of rolling landscape in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston.