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Parks and Recreation

We create and maintain clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in more than 2,300 acres of park land throughout Boston.

Our department is responsible for 217 City parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, two golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and three active cemeteries, urban wilds, four High School Athletic Fields, and approximately 125,000 trees, all covering 2,346 acres, 1,000 of which comprise the historic Emerald Necklace. We are also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees.

Online permitting system

You can reserve public athletic fields or parks for special events, including weddings:

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Contact
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston MA  02118
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Winter Weather in Boston Parks

After a snow event, our priority is to clear the abutting sidewalks around our 331 properties first. We then clear interior pathways on a case-by-case basis. We balance the needs of pedestrians who pass through the interior of our parks with the protection of our trees and plantings. Many species can be damaged by ice melt products and snow removal equipment.

Upcoming events

Events
Boston Parks Winter Fitness series
Jan 22

Winter Fitness series: Barre

Jan 28

Franklin Park Master Plan Community Workshop #1

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Feb 4

McKinney Playground community meeting

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Apr 25

2020 Monterey Hilltop Urban Wild cleanup

More City events

Places to visit

Places to visit
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Emerald Necklace

The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.

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Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds

We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.

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Urban Wilds

The Urban Wilds form an essential part of the City's open space system.

Latest news

News
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Mayor Walsh, Friends of the Public Garden sign agreement to strengthen care for Downtown parks

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Martins Park Sign

Martin's Park honored for resiliency, accessibility, and innovation

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26th annual Mayor's Cup Youth Hockey Tournament now underway

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Franklin Park Preservation Award

Franklin Park wins Boston Preservation Alliance Stewardship Award

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More Parks news

George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses

The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of residents and non-residents alike.

Golf course information