Emerald Necklace

  • Emerald Necklace Visitor Center

    The Emerald Necklace Master Plan

    Across the United States, the 1970’s and 1980’s marked a resurgence of interest in Olmsted and his landscapes. Activists in Boston and Brookline realized the unappreciated treasure that Olmsted had bequeathed to his adopted home – the six-mile linear water-park and Parkways now known as The Emerald Necklace.

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  • This 1882 photograph shows the dredging of the northern basin of the Fens, which was necessary to provide storage for floodwaters. (Boston Park Commission Report, 1883.)

    Restoring Olmsted’s Vision

    “We want a ground to which people may easily go after their day’s work is done, where they may stroll for an hour, seeing, hearing, and feeling nothing of the bustle and jar of the streets.”
    – Frederick Law Olmsted, 1870

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  • Emerald Necklace: Historical Photo Map

    Emerald Necklace: Historical Photo Map

    The historic photographs on this map show the Muddy River as Olmsted intended: a salt water march and pleasure route of parkways. The pictures range from 1895 to 1906 and are from the Library of Congress. Journey back in time and imagine Boston and Brookline at the dawn of the 20th Century…

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