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.
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.
Nathaniel Smith, who lives in Jamaica Plain, limns the joys of an early morning run through the Emerald Necklace:
I run around Jamaica Pond, then down around Wards Pond and Olmsted Park. The park system is great, with sidewalks, ponds, and unpaved wooded paths, and while very popular it feels like a private moment when I run at 7am.... Read more
The Herald reports on the hundreds of fish poured into Jamaica Pond yesterday.
At least, the first time around. J.L. Bell reposts part of a memoir from a British officer assigned to colonial Boston in 1774 and 1775, who much enjoyed skating on Jamaica Pond until:
[T]he Yankees were constantly exercising [i.e., training for war], and became more and more insolent, so much so that the officers did not think it safe to go into the country... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette delivers a stinging report.
As we watched the guy at the base of the gazebo at Jamaica Pond, he caught a fish, which he promptly unhooked and tossed back in. The kidlet, clearly a Girl of Action, was puzzled by the concept of catch and release -... Read more
Boston Fireman reports the Boston Fire Department rushed to Jamaica Pond around 12:30 p.m. today when a boat overturned. The kids were rescued first; adults still hanging onto boat.
NotWhitey posts a newspaper account of a giant skating festival on Jamaica Pond (skating on the pond? Well, yeah, they also used to have skinny dipping in the summer for men) that had to be called off when Curley himself noticed the ice about to give way.
Alex Howard moved to Washington this past summer. He likes his new home, but still pines for Boston - and compiles a list of all the things he misses (50 categories!), including:
... Jamaica Pond. Whether it was fishing, sailing, rowing, cycling, running, reading or enjoying an amble in the annual Lantern Parade, this kettlehole pond was always a joy to visit. ...... Read more