The Arnold Arboretum is a key link in the Emerald Necklace, a 7-mile-long network of parks and parkways that civic visionary Frederick Law Olmsted laid out for the Boston Parks Department between 1878 and 1896.
The parks that make up the Emerald Necklace – Boston Common, The Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, The Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond Park, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park – extend from the Charles River to Dorchester and span over 1,000 acres of parkland, representing half of the City of Boston’s park acreage. The Emerald Necklace is the only remaining intact linear park designed by Olmsted, America’s first landscape architect.
The Arnold Arboretum is managed through a public-private partnership between the City of Boston Parks and Recreation and Harvard University. As a public park and a research institution, the Arnold Arboretum has also established valuable partnerships with local and regional parks, gardens, and environmental organizations, including:
Arboretum Park Conservancy
Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition
Boston Nature Center
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Forest Hills Educational Trust
Franklin Park Coalition
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site