So often I hear friends talking about how they don’t take advantage of where they live. Be it New York, Florida or right here in Boston. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way between work obligations, trips away from the city and just plain being busy. But recently Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I made time to enjoy what’s steps from our front door—Boston’s Emerald Necklace.
The Emerald Necklace is a series of parks that winds through the city and is just lovely most any season of the year. Filled with walking paths, water features, bridges and open space, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day, or week, at the office.
We were in “The Riverway” park which is accessible by the Green “D” Line from the “Longwood” stop. It’s a quiet place that’s great for families, dogs and joggers alike.
The day we were there it was also a great place for ducks. And geese. Apparently the park’s designer, Frederick Olmsted, designed each park as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle not only for people but for birds too.
Olmsted believed strongly in democracy and thought that parks could be a meeting grounds for people of all classes and backgrounds. And, ya know, I think I agree with him. The Emerald Necklace boasts much beauty throughout the city. Perhaps we’ll find time to explore another park this weekend. And I suggest you do the same.