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Jamaica Pond, Boston

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#4 of 10 in Nature in Boston
Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The pond and park are in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, close to the border of Brookline. It is the source of the Muddy River, which drains into the lower Charles River.USGS 2005
The pond has an area of about 68 acres (28 ha), and is 53 feet (16 m) deep at its center (MassWildlife map), making it the largest body of fresh water in Boston, and the largest natural freshwater body in the lower Charles River watershed. It is ringed by a 1.5 mile walking path, and is an extremely popular destination for Bostonians for walking, fishing, rowing, and sailing. Around Halloween each year, the pond serves as the site for The Lantern Parade. Participants dress in their Halloween costumes and walk around the pond.

The pond once served as a reservoir for the City of Boston and the Town of West Roxbury, and it supplied ice in the winter to Boston and beyond.

According to the USGS, the name Jamaica derives from an Indian name meaning "abundance of beavers".
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  • "Beavers" are easier to imagine here in Boston, in contrast to being named for some idyllic place in the Caribbean (which this most certainly is not). But it is a spectacular 53 foot deep "kettle...  more »
  • Nice park and pond close to our kids apartment in Jamaica Plain. We often go there for walks around the pond, the path is nice, they have events year round, and it has a pleasant/relaxing...  more »
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  • Jamaica Pond is a great place to run, walk, or have a picnic. It is also a place were lots of people walk their dogs, so it is definitely dog central. Also it is a perfect place to watch the sunset. It is beautiful all year round!
  • Been coming here for nearly 10 years. Great park to walk, run, or just sit and enjoy the scenery.

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