Public Service Announcement – Return to the Pond


Mark your calendars
. Jamaica Pond parkrun will be returning home to Jamaica Pond permanently. Effective December 7th.

We would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to our friends at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The folks at the Arb made it all possible to use their space on a Saturday morning! We were so lucky to be able to spend the summer running a single 5k loop through the lilacs, conifers and willow trees.

We had many compliments on how much you all enjoyed the course and having an opportunity to explore new green space in the city of Boston! (Let's not talk about undulating aspects of Bussey Hill!).

Over at Jamaica Pond, the Boston Parks & Rec Department invested $5 million in significant renovations. Read all about it here.  Expect newly paved paths, landscaping and improved drainage. Thank you to everyone involved in this massive project. We are so excited to return.


Some of our parkrunners went to the unveiling of the Jamaica Pond paths. Recognise a few familiar faces? How about Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh (left), and City Councillor Matt O'Malley (squeezed in-between the apricot sandwich).

For the newbies of parkrun
You are going to LOVE the Jamaica Pond parkrun course.  A flat, 2-lap course, along the waterside now awaits, featuring the good ole turnaround point for high-fives and loud cheers.

The course is out-and-back, meaning that the start and finish is in the same location. Meet at the top of Pinebank Promontory (adjacent to Moraine St x Jamaicaway). The parkrun flag will be visible from the road, along with the colourful punnets on the finish chute.

Hopefully all that training around Bussey Hill will help you all to crush the finish section as you go up "that hill" and through the finish.



  • Thursday, November 28th: 9AM, 2nd ANNUAL Jamaica Pond PARKRUN TURKEY TROT @ Jamaica Pond | Read all about it here.
  • Saturday, November 30th: 9AM, Arnold Arboretum (our final run at our temporary course!)
  • Saturday, December 7th and onward: 9 AM, Jamaica Pond

Jamaica Pond parkrun 1st Birthday Party Run!


Come to our 1st birthday party!  You are all invited!

Jamaica Pond parkrun is celebrating its 1st birthday on Saturday March 30th at Pinebank Promontory.  Over 3,900 runners, walkers and strollers have crossed the finish line - that's more than 7500 laps around the Pond so far!

  • Expect running, walking and cheering
  • Laura and Dan on the megaphone
  • Ann providing a raucous First Timer Briefing
  • Birthday Cake!

Bring your barcode... Bring some food to share... Tell your friends, and get ready to parkrun party!


Event information:

DAY: Saturday March 30th, 2019

LOCATION: Pinebank Promontory (Morraine St x Jamaicaway), Jamaica Pond


  • Course set-up: 8.30am
  • First Timer Briefing: 8.50am
  • Run start: 9am
  • Post-run party on Pinebank Promontory


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