Around the City: Jamaica Pond
Posted on: July 29, 2016

Boston is filled with beautiful, natural areas that offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, but you need a bit of local know-how in order to find them. Jamaica Pond is one such spot, and it makes a great place to have a picnic, go for a run and otherwise get away from it all on a warm summer’s day.

jamaica pond photo
Photo by eviltomthai

Jamaica Pond is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, and it’s also a part of the city’s “Emerald Necklace” of parks.  The park was first founded way back in 1892, and even despite its numerous changes, its natural essence is still much the same as it was back then. Today, there is a 1.5-mile paved path that winds its way around the pond, creating a wonderful place for walking, jogging or riding bikes for exercise.

The pond itself spans 68 acres, and its “kettle” shape was formed by glacial activity. Its average depth is approximately 25 feet around the edges and 53 feet deep at the center, which makes for great fishing with the proper licenses. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife stocks the pond with fish every year, and visitors can even rent rowboats and kayaks at the on-site Jamaica Pond Boat House. If you’re not familiar with sailing, you can even take lessons through the Courageous Sailing Center.

floating lanterns photo
Photo by jongela19

Aside from its great everyday activities, Jamaica Pond is also home to annual events like the yearly Lantern Parade. This family-friendly parade is held every October, and it features community residents parading around the lake at sunset with handmade lanterns, true to Dutch tradition. Approximately 4,000 residents take part in the Lantern Parade each year, and it is a truly stunning sight to see. With so much development in the city, this locale offers a respite from the hustle and bustle, providing its lush and verdant green space for your enjoyment.