Parks and Recreation
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:
The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.
We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.
The Urban Wilds form an essential part of the City's open space system.
Three-year partnership to expand reach of Boston's community gardens
New grant to help implement local green stormwater infrastructure project
The Boston Park Commission was established in 1875 by legislative act to oversee the creation of the City's park system, beginning with the Emerald Necklace.
The authority of the commission is set forth in:
- oversight of land acquisition
- enforcement of design regulations
- naming of parks, and
- making of rules.
Further, the commission reviews construction or alteration of all buildings and structures within 100 feet of a public park or parkway (Municipal Code Section 7.4-11).
|Christopher Cook||Commissioner||March 3, 2014|
|Elisa Birdseye||Associate Commissioner||January 29, 2016||January 28, 2020|
|Anne L. Connolly||Associate Commissioner||July 31, 2017||January 17, 2021|
|William Epperson||Associate Commissioner||May 4, 2017||January 1, 2021|
|Maria Fitzpatrick||Associate Commissioner||July 8, 2015||July 7, 2019|
|David Queeley||Associate Commissioner||May 4, 2017||January 17, 2021|
|Sanjay Saini||Associate Commissioner||July 8, 2015||July 7, 2019|