Celebrating 200 Years of Parks, Conservation,
Public Health and Social Justice

Betsy Shure Gross
Telephone:  617-733-3703
Email: betsyshuregross@gmail.com

 Gerry Wright
Telephone: 617-524-7070
Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

A program of Community Service Care, Inc. a non-profit, tax exempt organization

State Representative
Jeffrey Sánchez

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 PM, Free
Footlight Club, 7A Eliott Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

RSVP EventBrite ticket HERE

Telephone: 617-524-7070 Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

Olmsted 2022, A.R.T. Institute and Friends of Jamaica Pond

Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club Winter Bird Walk
Sunday, December 9th, 9 am - 10:30 am

A 90-minute walk in Olmsted Park will focus on waterfowl and other winter species in the ponds and adjacent woods of Leverett, Willow and Wards Ponds. Led by Bob Mayer, a longtime birder, photographer, and docent and field study guide for Arnold Arboretum and Mass Audubon. Suitable for beginning birders as well as more experienced birders. The walk is co-sponsored by the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Bird Club. Meeting Location: Parking lot for Daisy Field, Olmsted Park on Willow Pond Road. RSVP: info@brooklinegreenspace.org Questions: Bob Mayer rgmayer38@gmail.com

Celebrate Olmsted's 196th Birthday!

Sunrise Walk with Olmsted

Thursday, April 26, 2018, Time: 6:00 AM, Free

Jamaica Pond Parkman Memorial
West Side of Pond , Francis Parkman Drive and Perkins St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Telephone: 617-524-7070 Email:

Olmsted 2022, Friends of Jamaica Pond and Olmsted Park Boston

Shattuck Hospital in Franklin Park is being relocated, and the State’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) recently approved a 99-year lease for supportive housing (housing for the chronically homeless) on the Shattuck campus.

Secretary Scudder, Secretary of Health & Human Services, will hold a public meeting to give an overview of the hospital relocation and the 12-month planning process for the Shattuck campus.

Health & Human Services info website:

DCAMM project proposal attached below.  DCAMM website:

The public is urged to attend and voice their concerns and ideas about the plans impact on Franklin Park and the community.

Frederick Law Olmsted 2016 Appearences

Walk with Olmsted
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11 AM, Free

Shattuck Visitors Center
125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

September 24th

April 18th

April 26th

Frederick Law Olmsted 2015 Appearences

Follow Fred!

Frederick Law Olmsted is on his way to Yosemite!  Well at least Gerry is!
To follow ‘Fred’ and to get updates on “Olmsted’s Passage to Yosemite” and back, please follow along at:

Olmsted National Historic Site, New York State House, Niagara Falls

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lincoln House National Historic Site

(Click on images or text for Dispatches)

These posts will be coming directly from Gerry himself as he visits National Parks and Historic Sites inspired by the visionary Frederick Law Olmsted. The passage will culminate with a presentation of the 1865 Olmsted Report on the Yosemite and Mariposa Grove at the Yosemite National Park.

August 9, 2015

Yosemite Theater
Yosemite National Park


(Click on Images for Larger Version of Play Program
or Click HERE for printable PDF)

Niagara Falls Public Library
July 18, 2015, 1 PM

Milton Historical Society
May 21, 2015; 7 PM
Neighborhood Club of Quincy

A Walk with Mr. Olmsted through the Back Bay Fens
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 522.2700

Join Frederick Law Olmsted, as portrayed by Gerry Wright, and an Emerald Necklace docent as they lead a walk through the historic landscape of the Fens. Learn how Mr. Olmsted transformed the area once described as, “The foulest marsh and muddy flats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts,” into the first link in his chain of parks we know today as the Emerald Necklace.
Hear the story of a remarkable life from the man himself!

April 26:
 Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitor Center
Olmsted Birthday Celebration 1:00 PM

Friends of Jamaica Pond Boat House
Olmsted Birthday Celebration

April 16th: 4:00 PM
Colleges of the Fenway
Annual Muddy River Symposium
Wheelock College

April 15th: 7:30 PM
Belmont Historical Society
Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Avenue, Belmont, Massachusetts
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be served
Olmsted Play

April 8th:
Jamaica Pond
Antioch University New England
Field Trip of a Sustainability and Environment Course
Olmsted Walking Tour

April 6th:
Plymouth, MA
Olmsted Play
Plymouth Open Space Committee
"Preserving Natural Plymouth"

Protect Jamaica Pond's Watershed from Development
We respectfully request the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people.
  • Native Americans and people through the ages have enjoyed the beauty of the waters and hill.
  • Jamaica Pond was the water reservoir for Boston up to the 1850s, and it is still an emergency water source.
  • Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
  • Friends of Jamaica Pond and the Jamaica Pond Project have provided education programs and environmental stewardship for over five decades.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
  • Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
  • Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.

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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED:  Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man

one-man play by Gerry Wright

Gerry Wright has researched, written and produced a one-man show honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. The play provides insights into Olmsted's passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War, and as the landscape architect for New York City's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the US Capitol grounds, along with multiple plans for colleges, communities and private estates.  Olmsted was a key pioneer in the movement to preserve land as national parkland, both at Yosemite and Niagara Falls.

Olmsted's life story, from "vagabond," to dry goods salesman, sailor, traveler, journalist, author, publisher, executive (including a goldmine in California), to becoming the father of landscape architecture in America is both inspiring as history and reason for continued commitment in the 21st century.

The Olmsted play has been presented at the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Boston’s 375th Anniversary Parade, Brookline’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, plus numerous communities of the Commonwealth; along with performances in Volgoda, Russia; in New York City for the 150 year anniversary of the legislation for Central Park; Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, Kentucky; and in Asheville, North Carolina.

Expanded Program Details, Videos, Photographs, Reviews  HERE

Performance at Maryland Humanities Council "Chautauqua" in July 2010 "Beyond Boundaries" by Gerry Wright as Frederick Law Olmsted at Germantown Campus of Montgomery College Video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r97ljW26EtQ

Video clip excerpts from performance at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline on August 31, 2003.
DVD high resolution versions of the entire performance available upon request.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU-GzAaztiI

Gerry Wright
Telephone: 617-524-7070
Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

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