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Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 update: Please review our service changes page. We have information on how the public health emergency has affected Boston parks.

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.

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Contact
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Public hearings and meetings

For information on our Parks and Recreation Commission hearings and tree removal hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.

Upcoming events

Events
Mar 1

Parks winter fitness: Virtual Dance Fit

Mar 2

Parks winter fitness: Virtual salsa

Mar 2

Ryan Playground Design Meeting #2

Mar 3

Mission Hill Playground drop-in session #2

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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Boston Parks and Recreation Commission ratifies Roberts Playground naming

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Boston Parks celebrate Women’s History Month

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The personas for our Parks project.

Design decisions: Revamping the Parks homepage

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Mayor's Cup Street Hockey Tournament starts April 20

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