Boston Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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Affectionately known as "J.P.,” Jamaica Plain is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city—surrounded on three sides by large tracts of forested and much-loved open space. With bucolic Arnold Arboretum, picturesque Jamaica Pond, expansive Franklin Park, and historic Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain is an outdoor oasis. Still, don’t let all the natural beauty obscure J.P.’s abundance of architectural intrigue. The neighborhood hosts a number of spectacular “Painted Lady” Victorians on Sumner Hill. Stately mansions line Jamaica Pond and nearby streets. These days J.P. hosts wealthy “hip” suburbanites returning to the city, plus a large Hispanic and Caribbean population. The Plain part may simply refer to the abundance of flat, arable land that was once used for farming and grape growing. Today it’s used for recreation and rejuvenation, as you’ll discover on this walk through Boston’s green heart.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Affectionately known as "J.P.,” Jamaica Plain is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city—surrounded on three sides by large tracts of forested and much-loved open space. With bucolic Arnold Arboretum, picturesque Jamaica Pond, expansive Franklin Park, and historic Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain is an outdoor oasis.

Still, don’t let all the natural beauty obscure J.P.’s abundance of architectural intrigue. The neighborhood hosts a number of spectacular “Painted Lady” Victorians on Sumner Hill. Stately mansions line Jamaica Pond and nearby streets. These days J.P. hosts wealthy “hip” suburbanites returning to the city, plus a large Hispanic and Caribbean population. The Plain part may simply refer to the abundance of flat, arable land that was once used for farming and grape growing. Today it’s used for recreation and rejuvenation, as you’ll discover on this walk through Boston’s green heart.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Jamaica Plain
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Boston Jamaica Plain

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