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By adamg - 10/16/20 - 10:50 am
Planking the prank bench at Jamaica Pond

Since its installation in 2006, Matthew Hincman's bench near the Jamaica Pond boathouse has perplexed people: What's the proper way to sit on it? Geovanie Radcliffe shows us somebody's finally figured it out.

By adamg - 7/17/20 - 11:58 pm
Comet Neowise as seen from Jamaica Pond

Ed Grzyb got several photos of Comet NEOWISE tonight from the shores of Jamaica Pond. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 9:53 pm
Two people fishing at Jamaica Pond at twilight

Mark Smith captured the action at Jamaica Pond late this afternoon.

By adamg - 6/23/20 - 10:02 pm

Parkman Drive is once again open to cars, seeing as how there's no longer any need to provide extra space for walkers and joggers around Jamaica Pond, or something. In any case, DCR said it was removing the barriers tonight.

By adamg - 6/14/20 - 11:39 pm

According to posters in the Jamaica Pond Facebook group, there are now at least two koi in Jamaica Pond, one orange and one white, and that's not a good thing because they can grow fat and sassy, as they eat and uproot underwater plants and contribute to algae blooms through their waste.

By adamg - 4/29/20 - 9:03 am

No, Kristen Johnson isn't a spy with a passcode. She just happened to get to Jamaica Pond early this morning, before the maddening crowds of counter-clockwise joggers, and so spotted a deer out for some foraging: Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 8:14 pm
Jamaica Pond sunset

Michael Spicher watched the sun go down over Jamaica Pond this evening.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 6:23 pm
Closed Parkman Drive

Peter Cheung shows us Parkman Drive closed to traffic so that the non-motorized set can have more room to socially distance. DCR shut the road for the weekend and may keep it car-free for the duration of the emergency; they'll make an announcement on Monday.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:56 am
At Jamaica Pond, stay six feet apart and to the left

Councilor O'Malley's proclamation on proper pond etiquette in the time of coronavirus.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley probably thought he was ending all the confusion about how to space walkers and joggers out around Jamaica Pond when he declared the other day that everybody should a) walk around the pond clockwise and b) stay to the left, because, you know this is JP, ain't nobody on the right here. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 10:46 am

In the Before Times, some people would walk or jog clockwise around Jamaica Pond while others would go counter-clockwise. As long as people didn't keep their heads down, it worked out fine and life was good. But now, with infections concerns at a fever pitch, some folks are wondering: Should people all walk or jog in the same direction, to reduce the odds of getting coughed or sneezed on by somebody coming the other way and increase that social distancing to at least six feet at all times? And if so, which direction?

By adamg - 3/2/20 - 7:32 pm
Eagle at Jamaica Pond

This big bird was sitting in a tree on the Parkman Drive side of Jamaica Pond shortly before 5 p.m. He, or she, attracted quite an audience for a few minutes before deciding to fly away.

By adamg - 2/23/20 - 10:34 pm

It was so warm that a couple people waded into Jamaica Pond - in swimsuits.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 6:03 pm
Black duck at Jamaica Pond

Say, we don't get many black ducks at Jamaica Pond (and at these prices, we can see why, woo hoo!).

By adamg - 12/14/19 - 4:32 pm
Jamaica Pond in the fog

While Dorchester Bay was rolling across Morrissey Boulevard, Jamaica Pond was disappearing into the fog, as a roving UHub photographer discovered this afternoon.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 6:30 pm
Pied-billed grebe in Jamaica Pond

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen spotted a pied-billed grebe at Jamaica Pond yesterday.

You can tell a grebe (you just can't tell it much) because they're a bit smaller and not as black as the coots that frequent the pond this time of year.

Also at Jamaica Pond today, Stephen Baird photographed a bald eagle soaring overhead.

By adamg - 10/20/19 - 10:25 pm
Small Orange Line cars at Jamaica Plain lantern festival

Rev. Laura Everett got a look at the newest Orange Line cars at the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade this evening.

By adamg - 10/13/19 - 3:17 pm
A heron in Jamaica Pond

This afternoon, this heron was quietly minding its own business on the Parkman Drive side of Jamaica Pond, slowly wading along the shore looking for a bite to eat, with that Groucho Marx gait herons have, when another heron landed on the water about 15 feet away. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/19 - 2:32 pm
Jamaica Pond sailboat knocked over by the wind

If the sailboats at Jamaica Pond were candlepins, the role of the ball today would be played by the wind, Travel New England reports.

By adamg - 9/28/19 - 1:49 pm
Sign about the drilling radishes that will be planted along Perkins Street

A Boston Parks and Recreation project around Jamaica Pond that has focused mainly on replacing the crumbling asphalt walkways that ring the park also includes work to improve the plantings there. Along the Parkman Drive and Perkins Street sides, workers have uprooted decades of weeds and put down new soil and, in several areas, grass seed. Read more.

By adamg - 8/15/19 - 8:00 pm
Turtle at Jamaica Pond

This turtle climbed up on the oversized bathtub drain at the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon to get some sun, but then seemed to want to figure out if it could balance on it using just its shell.

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