Jamaica Pond

By - 11/9/15 - 8:17 am
Old culvert under Perkins Street into Jamaica Pond

With water levels in Jamaica Pond fairly low, and no recent rain, you can take a look into the culvert that runs from under Perkins Street into the north end of the pond. And what you see is how they built things to last back in the 19th century, when somebody built the culvert for the brook that runs from the smallish Sargent's Pond on the other side of Perkins into Jamaica Pond.

By - 11/8/15 - 6:54 pm

Hillary took in a late-afternoon concert on the shores of Jamaica Pond today.

Crit, meanwhile, watched a guy play electric guitar - while riding a skateboard down Brighton Avenue in Allston: Read more.

By - 11/8/15 - 12:10 pm
Squirrel with some kind of food near Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain

A squirrel that had found what looked like a large wad of dough near Jamaica Pond yesterday scampered up a tree and thought he'd get to eat his prize in peace, only to have a nosy photographer with a zoom lens stand there taking pictures of him.

By - 10/5/15 - 9:01 pm
Sunset over Centre Street in West Roxbury

People were getting their phones out along Centre Street in West Roxbury this evening to take photos of the sunset.

And people everywhere else were looking up as well: Read more.

By - 9/11/15 - 10:46 am

Firefighters and police are at the north end of Jamaica Pond, where a passerby noticed a body in the water near Perkins and Chestnut streets, around 10:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly retrieved the body; now police are investigating who the man was and how he wound up there. NECN reports police do not suspect foul play.

By - 8/12/15 - 4:25 pm

Levels of a toxic microorganism in Jamaica Pond have receded below dangerous levels, and the city today lifted its ban on any activities that might bring you or your pet into contact with pond water or pond scum. Read more.

By - 7/30/15 - 3:59 pm
Young bald eagle in Jamaica Plain?

There was this large bird sitting at the very top of one of the dead branches poking out from the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon. I thought it was a young bald eagle at first, but folks who actually know what they're talking about (both here and on Facebook) said no, that's an osprey.

Read more.

By - 7/29/15 - 8:39 pm

Results from Monday testing of Jamaica Pond water show cyanobacteria levels more than three times higher than the maximum considered safe for people and their pets, the Boston Public Health Commission reports. Read more.

By - 7/23/15 - 7:37 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports that water samples taken Monday from Jamaica Pond show blue-green algae counts are higher than the amount allowed for water activities by people and pets. Read more.

By - 7/21/15 - 10:13 am
Giant white fish of Jamaica Pond

As I walked around Jamaica Pond this morning, I spotted the Leviathan: The fabled giant white carp of Jamaica Pond. It moved at a stately pace along the bank (near that weird bench you can't actually sit on) before slowly turning and moving into deeper water.

By - 7/21/15 - 10:04 am
Warning sign about blue-green algae at Jamaica Pond

The city posted these signs all around Jamaica Pond yesterday after confirming a bloom of toxic blue-green algae - warning people to stay away from the water and keep their dogs far away as well.

The scum seemed particularly bad right around the boathouse and gazebo: Read more.

By - 7/20/15 - 8:50 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission today banned boating and fishing at Jamaica Pond and warned residents to stay away from the water, because of a massive bloom of blue-green algae. The commission says: Read more.

By - 7/20/15 - 8:02 am

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports on stubbornly high mercury levels in fish across the ponds and lakes of New ENgland, including Jamaica Pond:

On Boston’s Jamaica Pond one recent sunny afternoon, Shu Bao Chen of Boston tied bait to a hook as one of his two young girls dangled a fishing pole over the still water. He said he was unaware of the state’s blanket advisory that no children under 12 and no women of childbearing years should eat any fish from freshwater bodies in Massachusetts.

By - 6/25/15 - 4:58 pm

The mayor's office today announced the city is installing sunscreen dispensers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond; Boston Common; Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park.

The dispensers, first proposed by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), make Boston "the first major city in the Northeast" to offer free sun protection to residents and visitors. The city Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change to install the dispensers.

By - 6/3/15 - 8:08 am
Great white fish of Jamaica Pond

Call him Ishmael. Michael Silverman reports the presence of a great white fish, at least two feet long, in Jamaica Pond - which, of course, was once circled by a fabled white squirrel.

By - 5/28/15 - 11:25 pm
Pink sky over Jamaica Pond

Alex Jones enjoyed the sunset over Jamaica Pond this evening.

By - 5/24/15 - 3:58 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

Boston spotted turtles enjoying the sun at Jamaica Pond today.

By - 5/6/15 - 11:51 am
Charlie Baker at Jamaica Pond

Shamus Moynihan was on hand this morning as Charlie Baker made his first appearance as governor at the annual restocking of Jamaica Pond. Read more.

You'll notice that while he has appropriate footwear on, he's staying well away from the big box o' fish. You may recall that the first time Deval Patrick attended a restocking, he grabbed the biggest fish of them all and promptly got slapped around by the mini-leviathan.

By - 4/19/15 - 6:55 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

"A nice day for turtles" at Jamaica Pond, DR reports.

By - 4/3/15 - 11:05 pm
ice on Jamaica Pond

From the road, Jamaica Pond still looks very much like a giant field of ice. But get out of the car and walk around and you'll see water around the edges - along with ducks, geese and even the odd fisherman enjoying the new liquid.

On the north side of the pond, a drainage pipe pouring into the pond has created a sort of river that has split the ice from one side of the pond to the other:

Water in Jamaica Pond

A seagull hangs out on the ice, near the "river:"