Jamaica Pond

By - 12/13/13 - 7:00 pm
Tobogganing in Franklin Park

The BPL has posted lots of photos of Boston in the snow in the old days, such as this postcard showing tobogganing at Franklin Park sometime in the early years of the 20th century.

Back in 1941, the city still used one-horsepower plows on the Common, as Leslie Jones showed:

By - 10/20/13 - 9:58 am
2013 Lantern Parade in Jamaica Pond

Steve Garfield took in the annual lantern parade around Jamaica Pond last night.

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By - 6/11/13 - 9:53 am

FasterHorses recounts what happened as he was panting on the pathway following a particularly hard run around Jamaica Pond yesterday:

A girl (walking) who I had passed about 50 yards back caught up to me. She signaled for me to take off my headphones and said, "I don't know who you are, but I just wanted to say that you're awesome and I want to give you a high-five. I always want a high-five when I run, so here's a high-five."

By - 2/26/13 - 5:01 pm

Late this afternoon, Boston firefighters and EMTs rushed to the Jamaica Pond boathouse, off of which a man took a plunge into the ice-covered water after his dog did likewise, a day after a woman and her dog had to be rescued from the icy depths. Both man and beast got themselves out and left the scene before emergency responders could ask any embarrassing questions.

By - 2/25/13 - 4:55 pm

Boston EMS tweets the woman was taken to a local hospital this afternoon to be checked out after firefighters and police managed to get her out. The dog was also recovered alive, Alex Jones tweets.

By - 1/27/13 - 6:55 pm

Geese on the move on Jamaica Pond

We spent a some time on the north side of Jamaica Pond today, watching the geese (and some ducks and one seagull) flocked around the one remaining patch of open water on the pond (what looks like open water near the boathouse in the photos below is actually ice):

By - 9/16/12 - 4:04 pm

A color-conscious citizen complains about a brownish light pole on the path around Jamaica Pond:

Doesn't match color of every other streetlight around the pond. It's not black.

By - 8/31/12 - 8:37 am

Jamaica Plain Patch reports.

By - 7/3/12 - 9:08 am

Tree go boom

Andy Dean spotted this downed tree this morning on the Perkins Street side of Jamaica Pond.

By - 10/23/11 - 12:18 pm

Lanterns

Leslee took in the lantern festival at Jamaica Pond last night. The lantern parade continues today, starting at 6 p.m.

By - 10/19/11 - 6:23 pm

Ron Newman gets e-mail from the Forest Hills Educational Trust that the cemetery has put the kibosh on the trust's once annual Nov. 2 celebration of the Mexican ritual.

JP fans of the mystical will instead have to content themselves with this coming weekend's Lantern Festival at Jamaica Pond.

By - 9/15/11 - 11:20 am

Walk/Don't walk

At the brand-new crosswalk installed by the DCR on the Jamaicaway at Jamaica Pond, Carol Garfield ponders how, exactly, the state wants her to get across the road.

By - 8/21/11 - 12:20 pm

No-sided bench

Steve Garfield chronicles the return of Matthew Hincman's bench, which makes periodic pondside appearances.

2006 Hincman interview.

By - 8/19/11 - 9:57 am

Sunset fishing

Courtney Sacco captured the scene at Jamaica Pond the other evening.

By - 7/24/11 - 5:38 pm

Yellow keep-out sign

Steve Garfield reports the city recently replaced the white no-bicycles signs on the Jamaica Pond path that bicyclists routinely ignored with bright yellow no-bicycles signs.

By - 6/3/11 - 7:30 pm

Roving reporter Carl Lichenstein checks in from the path around Jamaica Pond:

I was walking by the pond today and on the Brookline side a nasty stench alerted me to check the shoreline for the source. Was shocked to see at least 100 dead fish washed up.

By - 5/15/11 - 2:49 pm

The new Jamaicaway crossing at Jamaica Pond is making progress with all the curbing installed. Now you can see how it's going to look when completed.

We'll be watching for the crossing lights next.

By - 4/26/11 - 6:27 pm

The Friends of Jamaica Pond hold a meeting on Wednesday to figure out ways to keep 12.5 acres of land on Hellenic Hill from ever being developed - possibly by convincing state and city officials to buy the land.

Earlier this year, Hellenic College, which owns the land, listed it for sale. The college took the listing down, but said it is still thinking about selling off the land.