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

For information on our hearings and meetings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.

Upcoming events

Events
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Aug 18

Mayor’s Cup Pop Warner Jamboree

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Aug 18

Summer fitness series: Yoga in Charlestown

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Aug 18

Summer fitness series: Carnival fit in Jamaica Plain

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Aug 18

Summer fitness series: Pound in Allston

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Places to visit

Places to visit
Back Bay Fens
Emerald Necklace

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

King's Chapel
Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds

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

Rivermoor III
Urban Wilds

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

Stay Connected

Get information about news, events, and construction projects in the Boston Parks.

Latest news

News
Boston Common Master Plan
Aug 7

Public input sought on the Boston Common Master Plan

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Franklin Park Children's Festival returns August 20
Aug 1

Boston Children's Festival returns August 20

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Jul 30

ParkARTS hosts neighborhood concerts through August 5

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Jul 30

Artists in Residence Children’s Workshops continue through August 16

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George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses

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