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Charlesgate Park, located at the intersection of Boston’s Back Bay, Fenway and Kenmore neighborhoods, was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as the beginning of the Emerald Necklace and as a critical link to connect the Emerald Necklace, Charles River Esplanade, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.


We hope you’ll join us to learn about the park’s history, as well as present restoration efforts designed to repair park access issues, improve the water quality of Muddy River and create new park amenities.

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Tours of Charlesgate Park

Two Sessions 1:00pm and 4:00pm

(Rain Date Saturday May 8, same times.)


Registration is required, and space is limited due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and site limitations. Please sign up online here.


Both the 1PM Tour and the 4PM Tour:  SOLD OUT!  

Please email Jamie Santuccio at to join the wait list.

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a tour of Charlesgate Park, the start of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, to learn about the park’s history and today’s revitalization efforts to repair park access, improve the water quality of Muddy River and create new park amenities. The tour will be led by Parker James, co-founder of the Charlesgate Alliance. Registration required - attendance limited due to COVID-19 social distancing.

The mission of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all. The Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs that enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape, waterways and parkways. To steward the Emerald Necklace’s 1,100 acres of parkland extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester, the Conservancy collaborates with its partners on advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access and promoting park stewardship through volunteer and youth programs.