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The name covers a lush serpentine park framed by cultural landmarks, an essential link in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of Boston parks & gardens.




The Back Bay Fens sound uninviting, but actually this unappetizing name designates a pretty park that is an important link in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, a chain of green parks, copses, and waterways for the residential districts of Boston from the Boston Common and Public Garden, through the Back Bay and Roxbury to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (map).

The Fens are the southward and westward continuation of the Emerald Necklace, joining the western end of Commonwealth Avenue.

Even though the Fens are bounded by busy streets—The Fenway and Park Drive—the Fens provide welcome greenery views to the people living in the stately stone and brick residential buildings that frame the parkland.

Just west of the northern end of the Back Bay Fens is famous Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

On the opposite (east) side of the northern end of the Fens is the Boston Conservatory of Music.

At the southern extent of the Fens are Boston's renowned Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Simmons College, Emmanuel College and Wheelock College.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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