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Betsy Shure Gross

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Betsy Shure Gross until we are able to commission a full entry.

Conservationist and activist, Betsy Shure Gross.

Betsy Shure Gross’s love of nature and open spaces led her to restore a local treasure: the last surviving linear park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Shure Gross began her career in nature conservancy by helping restore Edgewood Park, which she had loved as a child growing up in New Haven. When Shure Gross and her husband relocated to Brookline, Massachusetts, she turned her energies to the Emerald Necklace, a chain of parks and waterways from Boston Common to Franklin Park, organizing residents and city government to take responsibility for restoring it. She helped found the National Association for Olmsted Parks, coordinating a national conference that brought together environmental activists and historic preservation professionals. Their joint efforts resulted in a massive restoration program in Massachusetts. Shure Gross also helped pass the Community Preservation Act of 2000, which helps communities protect open space, historic sites, and affordable housing.

Betsy Shure Gross’s was honored at the 2001 Women Who Dared event in Boston.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Betsy Shure Gross." (Viewed on November 29, 2023) <>.


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