Jamaica Plain is a diverse, tight-knit neighborhood with serene Green spaces. Trails loop around Jamaica Pond and through the vast Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, both links in the Emerald Necklace chain of parks. Family-owned restaurants, indie shops and snug bars dot Centre Street. Latin American eateries are clustered around Hyde Square. Forest Hills Cemetery, noted for its landscaping, dates from 1848.
Jamaica Plain, often referred to in the 19th century as "the Eden of America," is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city of Boston. The community contains or is bordered by a number of jewels of the Emerald Necklace park system designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted:
- Olmsted Park: from Route 9 at the Riverway south to Perkins Street, including Leverett Pond, Willow Pond, and Ward's Pond
- Jamaica Pond: has 60 acres of surface area and is the largest and deepest body of fresh water in Boston
- Arnold Arboretum: is a 265-acre world-renowned plant collection maintained by Harvard University
- Franklin Park: is a 527-acre park (the largest in the city) and holds the Franklin Park Zoo (the largest zoo in New England), White Stadium and the William J. Devine Memorial Golf Course.
These parks are connected by parkways, each of which is also part of the Emerald Necklace. From south to north these are the Arborway, the Jamaicaway, and the Riverway. Forest Hills Cemetery, a 275-acre "garden cemetery”, and hundreds more acres of cemetery that stretch along Walk Hill Street offer more green space to the area. *wikipedia.org
Students in Jamaica Plain are served by Boston Public Schools (BPS). BPS assigns students based on preferences of the applicants and priorities of students in various zones. The English High School located in Jamaica Plain is one of the first public high schools in America.
Buses connect Jamaica Plain with Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and suburban Dedham, Westwood and Walpole to the south, and the rest of Boston by street routes. Forest Hills Station is a major transportation hub and is within walking distance of the Arnold Arboretum and Forest Hills Cemetery.
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