1. point: 1 of 7

    The Emerald Necklace Riverway Tour begins at the Longwood Center near the intersection of Longwood and Brookline. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). 

     

    The Longwood Center (2014) includes research lab and office and clinical uses on its nine floors. Tenants include Dana-Farber and Boston Children's Hospital. The  building has  ground floor retail/restaurant space and is  LEED certified. The building is owned by Alexandria,  a prominent developer in life sciences real estate in the US.

     

    When ready to proceed on the Tour, tap 'Next Point.' To return to the Tour Overview, tap 'Back to Tour.'

    Address:

    360 Longwood 

    42.339273601557714, -71.1079885696281
    76
  2. point: 2 of 7

    Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the 'father' of American landscape architecture,  the Longwood Bridge crosses the Muddy River to connect Boston and Brookline with two spans. The MBTA Green Line runs under the bridge through the Riverway and was given the color designation to match the park in 1965. Red was chosen because the line terminated at Harvard Station, green represented parks the subway passed, and blue represented the ocean. The Riverway section of the Emerald Necklace dates to 1886 and was designed to look natural despite being entirely constructed. 

    Address:

    Longwood between Chapel St and Riverway

    42.34047802400054, -71.11099800814281
    136
  3. point: 3 of 7

    The Green Line T Stop for Longwood provides a handicapped accessible ramp connection to the historic Emerald Necklace.

    Downtown is a twenty minute ride by rail. 

    Address:

    Chapel St north of Longwood Ave

    42.34161799106902, -71.11028722275387
    113
  4. point: 4 of 7

    The Bridge is located next to a stone gazebo "round house" and spans both a historic bridle path and the Muddy River all created by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800s as part of Boston's beloved Emerald Necklace. 

    Address:

    Riverway and Short Street

    42.34215723785539, -71.10878518570553
    103
  5. point: 5 of 7

    The Muddy River "daylighting" project (2017) re-opened parts of the river that have been covered over the years, installed larger culverts to improve water flow, and made other habitat and landscape improvements to the parklands surrounding the river between the Riverway and Avenue Louis Pasteur.  The naming of the parkland honors the late Justine M. Liff, who served as Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner from 1996 until her untimely passing in 2002. The project has successfully reconnected the Riverway to the Back Bay Fens section of Boston's historic Emerald Necklace.

    42.34452297316536, -71.10432162880898
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  6. point: 6 of 7

    The Riverway (a part of the Emerald Necklace) serves as the boundary between Boston and Brookline and boasts 34 acres of hiking and bicycle paths that meander along the Muddy River. Home to over 100,000 plantings, the park has many picturesque stone bridges including at Chapel St. and Longwood Ave. Throughout almost twenty years of work on the Emerald Necklace (1878-1896), Frederick Law Olmsted created special retreats — places for both active and passive recreation; green and open spaces offering relief and refreshment from the pressures and tensions of everyday life. Olmsted's work changed the landscape of America through such projects as New York City's Central Park and the U.S. Capitol grounds.

    42.3415523, -71.1079138
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  7. point: 7 of 7

    Short Street a pedestrian path connecting the Riverway-facing institutions to Brookline Avenue. The path lies between Winsor's Lubin-O’Donnell Center and the Simmons College Sports Center.

    Address:

    Short St and Brookline Ave

    42.34047462263987, -71.105932294995
    116

Emerald Necklace Riverway

distance: A mile
points: 7
type: Green space/Plaza

You will tour the Riverway section of the landmark Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Discover historic sites and hidden areas of the bucolic landmark while learning about the Riverway's past and present (1.26 miles). 

 

The Emerald Necklace Riverway Tour begins at the Longwood Center, or go ahead and skip to Point Two: Longwood Bridge. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). The designated tour route includes a set of stairs between points six and seven. For an accessible path, cross the Muddy River  on the accessible bridge before Point 6, exit through the T station, and return to the starting point via the Longwood Bridge. 

 

Tell us about your walking experience! walkingtours@longwoodarea.org

You will tour the Riverway section of the landmark Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Discover historic sites and hidden areas of the bucolic landmark while learning about the Riverway's past and present (1.26 miles). 

 

The Emerald Necklace Riverway Tour begins at the Longwood Center, or go ahead and skip to Point Two: Longwood Bridge. For real time turn by turn directions to the selected Point, use the Google Maps app link (mobile only). The designated tour route includes a set of stairs between points six and seven. For an accessible path, cross the Muddy River  on the accessible bridge before Point 6, exit through the T station, and return to the starting point via the Longwood Bridge. 

 

Tell us about your walking experience! walkingtours@longwoodarea.org