Olmsted Park

Olmsted Park was designed as a chain of picturesque freshwater ponds, alternating with attractive natural groves and meadows. The park has the second-largest area of historic forest in the Emerald Necklace, with 17 acres of forest cover.

The park has three major ponds: Leverett, Willow and Wards. Babbling Brook, a watercourse, connects them. There are six historic pedestrian bridges, along with multi-use bike and pedestrian paths and stone headwalls, all sheltered from the city by woodland areas.

The park, which forms the broader segment of the Muddy River improvements, is part of the linear park system connecting the Back Bay Fens and Jamaica Pond.
The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, John Charles Olmsted, and Charles Eliot. 

Learn more about the history of Olmsted Park.
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