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Frederick Law Olmsted saw parks and public places not as passive platforms, but as the fundamental ingredient of community and civic life. Olmsted Now honors this idea by building a public, radically inclusive program. YOU are welcome.

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Olmsted Now is committed to working in solidarity with diverse communities that already enjoy Olmsted landscapes, and to actively expand access to them.

Olmsted Now was initiated by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Fairsted, the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site at the site of his Brookline firm “Fairsted.” Since then, the effort has focused on Boston neighborhoods and welcomed nearly a hundred partners from organizations around Greater Boston.



Olmsted Now is not a single person, date or program. It is a collaborative process to build partnerships across disciplines, communities and missions in pursuit of public spaces that are truly for all. It is a bicentennial that advances Olmsted’s vision with a program as diverse as Greater Boston and as welcoming as a shaded city park on a hot day. Ultimately, it promises to create a more equitable, verdant and healthy city for everyone.

Your support makes it all happen. Olmsted Now is only possible when like-minded individuals, foundations and corporate donors commit to and invest in Olmsted’s values: unity and community, shared health and shared power. Join us to help mark an important American legacy and build for the next 200 years of transformative experiences in public parks.


*Via the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is the fiscal agent for Olmsted Now. Your donation is tax-deductible in the United States to the full extent allowable by law. The Conservancy’s tax ID is 04-3414988.

Olmsted Now is made possible by Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted), with generous support from Paul and Katie Buttenwieser, National Collaborative for Health Equity, Kate and Ben Taylor, Ashley and Jamie Harmon, Verizon, Brooke and Jeff Cook, Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Four Lucky Dogs, Marjorie and Nicholas Greville, Hastings Family Foundation, Sarah Freeman, Highland Partners Charitable Fund, Lois R. Kunian, The Caroline Loughlin Fund, The Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation, the “Come Together” Fund of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board and other individuals, organizations and businesses. Additional support for Emerald Necklace Parkfest is provided by the Urban Connections Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Trillium, Colleges of the Fenway, Focus Real Estate, Bluebikes, Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, Inc., Boston Red Sox, Faithful Flowers, Reed Hilderbrand, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cervone Deegan & Associates at Coldwell Banker, Charlesgate Alliance, Longwood Collective, Roxbury Tenants of Harvard Association and Harvard Medical School. The Conservancy is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is the fiscal agent for Olmsted Now. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.


Help make the Olmsted Now experience diverse, engaging, inclusive and fun. Join a Task Force, spread the word, translate a text for our multilingual community, staff an event, be a sounding board or help with specific projects.



Please take appropriate steps to protect your health and the health of others by following the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Brookline Parks and Open Space guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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