Community Connections
Arts and Theater
Gardening and Nature Conservation
Schools, Libraries, and Learning Centers
History and Museums
Recreation and Sports Leagues

Community Connections

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council serves as an advocate and ombudsman for Jamaica Plain residents, organizations, and business people on issues relating to development, service delivery, and such other matters as may be brought to the attention of the members by the residents and members as affecting the Jamaica Plain community. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council makes decisions in the form of recommendations, resolutions, and/or proposals regarding those issues and communicate them to appropriate city officials and/or other appropriate agencies or parties. The Council meets the last Tuesday of the month at Curtis Hall Community Center.
Chairman Nelson Arroyo:

Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets

Established in 2002, this organization is dedicated to building our community, enhancing the Centre/South Street business district, and renewing our artistic and historic heritage.

Neighbors for Neighbors JP

Neighbors for Neighbors JP is a volunteer-run community organization that brings neighbors together and inspires activism. The goals are to socialize, organize, and make a difference.

A “virtual town,” this highly interactive website encourages residents to talk about JP news, events, and issues.

Places of Worship

A comprehensive list of nearby places of worship can be found on the Boston Public Library website.

Arts and Theater

Jamaica Plain Arts Link

Community Arts Activists links you to artist studios, coffeehouses, festivals, classes and other resources to serve artists and the community.

Jamaica Plain Artist Council

JPAC is the non-profit organization that puts on the Jamaica Plain Open Studios and other events in JP. It was formed to help organize the event and give some continuity from year to year. For more information or to become a board member or advisor for the JPOS, please contact us.

Jamaica Plain Open Studios are held late in September throughout Jamaica Plain. Over 150 artists open their studios in homes, barns and lofts or share their art work in group shows at area churches, restaurants and businesses.

Jamaica Plain Arts Council
PO Box 300222
Jamaica Plain 02130-0030

The Footlight Club

Nestled in a residential area near Jamaica Pond, The Footlight Club, America’s oldest community theatre, has performed every year since 1877. For over 120 years Footlight Club members have sustained the organization’s mission: To present the best in non-professional theater to a broad-based audience, and to preserve and maintain Eliot Hall as a community resource.

Gardening and Nature Conservation

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Conservancy’s mission is protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways of the Emerald Necklace park system as special places for people to visit and enjoy.

Jamaica Pond

Sometimes called “the jewel in the Emerald Necklace”, Jamaica Pond is a 60-acre kettlehole formed by an ancient glacier. Natural springs make this pond, which is up to 90 feet deep, the largest and purest body of water within Boston. Prior to being acquired as a park in 1894, an ice-cutting industry flourished here. Fishing, rowing, sailing, and walking and jogging are the primary activities today.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

The Arnold Arboretum was established in 1872. This 265-acre park, owned by the City of Boston and on long-term lease to Harvard University, displays world-renowned collections of shrubs and trees for education and research, including maples, crabapples, lilacs, rhododendrons, and conifers. The Arboretums offers exhibits, professional and adult education, and school programs to children. Twice a year, the Arboretum conducts a well-attended plant sale.

Franklin Park

The largest park in the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park is 500 acres in size. Olmsted designed this as a “country park” similar to New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park, which he also designed. One can experience much of the same rural ambiance today. Within the park are the zoo, an 18-hole golf course, 100-acre woodland, and a 7-acre pond.

Jamaica Plain Garden Club

According to club members: “We like to call the JP Garden club the most laid back garden club in Boston! In recent meetings we met in members’ yards to see their landscaping and planting ideas and took a couple of trips.”

Larz Anderson Park

This 64 acre estate bounded by Newton Street, Avon Street and Goddard Avenue, encompasses many benefits as a park including a commanding view of the City of Boston, an enclosed children’s play area, picnic areas, ball fields, and a figure-eight lagoon complete with the “Temple of Love” and the “Top of the Hill”, which are both used by many for wedding ceremonies. Picnic areas complete with charcoal grills are available for rent.

Arboretum Park Conservancy

The APC is a citizen voice for the Arnold Arboretum as a public park, independent of both Harvard and the Boston Parks Department.  APC’s goals are  to promote public access to the Arboretum generally and to increase the variety of visitor experiences. Visit to learn more.

Schools, Libraries, and Learning Centers

Joseph P. Manning School

The Joseph P. Manning School is an elementary school within the Boston Public School system.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library

12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain 02130
Established in 1872, our beloved library offers preschool, toddler, and after-school story hours and reading clubs for children, as well as a book discussion group and lecture programs for adults. To support efforts for a much-needed renovation and expansion of our library, join the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (forms available at the circulation desk) or contact the Friends by email at To learn more about the JHA’s involvement in this project, visit our Community Projects page.

The Clay Center for Science and Technology

Operated by Dexter and Southfield Schools, the Clay Center for Science and Technology is a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory and learning center. In addition to the observatory’s seven research-grade telescopes, this five story building contains sophisticated computer and science laboratories, a multi-media lecture hall, classrooms, dining, and meeting spaces, and a solar energy roof deck. Events and programs are available to the public.

History and Museums

JP Historical Society

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society sponsors occasional lectures and a regular weekly series of walking tours during the summer.

The Loring-Greenough House

Built as a country house and farmstead by Commodore Joshua Loring in 1760, the Loring Home served during the American Revolution as a commissary, hospital and headquarters for Colonial Troops. It was the family home for four generations of the David Stoddard Greenough family from 1780 until its conversion by the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club to a historic house museum in 1926.

Larz Anderson Auto Museum/Museum of Transportation

The museum cares for America’s oldest collection of automobiles. The collection highlights the rapid development of the automobile and related technologies and societal changes which filled the early years of the twentieth century. Enjoy the museum’s educational programs, exhibits, and popular outdoor events.

Recreation and Sports Leagues

Curtis Hall Community Center

20 South Street, Jamaica Plain 02130
Curtis Hall, part of Jamaica Plain Community Centers, has something for everyone aged 1 to 100. The center’s bilingual environment is welcoming to the entire community. Programs include the popular JP for Fours, playgroups, and a wide range of aquatics activities. Curtis Hall has a gym, pool, senior center, computer lab, weight room, dance studio, and conference room.
Contact: Martha Salamanca 617-635-5193

Boston Summer Sports

A variety of sport opportunities and summer camps information.

Courageous Sailing Center

Courageous Sailing Center, a self-sustaining educational program, is to provide a fun, safe, accessible environment that promotes positive life skills and values through the sport of sailing. Located on spectacular Boston Harbor, Courageous offers a variety of sailing programs for all ages. Youth classes are also offered on Jamaica Pond.

Community Rowing, Inc.

CRI on the Charles River offers programs for adults and youth (12 to 18 years old), at the beginner, recreational, and competitive levels.

G-Row (Girls-Row) Boston

G-Row Boston is the first rowing and relationship-building program designed specifically for girls in the Boston public schools.

JP Children’s Soccer

JP Children’s Soccer is a non-profit, parent and volunteer-run soccer league for children aged 3-1/2 to 6-1/2. Held at Jamaica Pond’s Pinebanks Field in the spring and fall, each soccer season lasts eight weeks.

Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League

The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League is an independent youth baseball league. Started in 1969 by a few fathers, the league has grown to serve 600 local children aged 6 to 15.


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