What’s Living in Jamaica Plain Like?
The Emerald Necklace Park System is the pride and joy of the area, serving as the central hub for community activity, the biking/hiking trail culture and the extraordinary small wildlife that lives in the area. Olmstead Park, Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum are the four major subsections of the park system. Arnold Arboretum houses a world-class plant collection that is sponsored by Harvard University, and Jamaica Pond is the deepest freshwater body in Boston.
The area is well served by public transportation. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rail and bus services run through Jamaica Plain, and the Forest Hills Station Needham Line stop is here as well. There is also plenty of free parking around the area for cars as well as bikes, and most of the better-populated areas have parking spots that are designated specifically for Jamaica Plain residents by local ordinance.