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Parks and Recreation

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, 2 golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and 3 active cemeteries, urban wilds, 4 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.

Our department annually beautifies these park and open space areas with ornamental plantings of trees, shrubs, and flowers. We also schedule events and programs for the participation and enjoyment of the public.

Parks and Recreation
Contact
617-635-4505
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Announcements

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Aug 17

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights Continue Through September 23

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Harold Melvin's Blue Notes
Aug 12

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes Play City Hall Plaza August 24

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Sun flower test
Jul 29

Mayor Walsh announces 2016 Garden Contest winners

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Two Saxophonists Playing at an Outdoor Concert in the South End
Jun 28

Enjoy outdoor music with ParkARTS neighborhood concerts beginning July 12

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George Wright golf course

George Wright and William J. Devine Golf Courses

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

Upcoming events

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Aug 29

Movie Nights: “Monsters University”

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Sep 1

Movie Nights: “The Lego Movie”

Image for Movie Nights: “Minions”
Sep 9

Movie Nights: “Minions”

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Sep 16

Movie Night: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

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Latest news

Harold Melvin's Blue Notes
Aug 12

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes Play City Hall Plaza August 24

Parks and Recreation
Sun flower test
Jul 29

Mayor Walsh announces 2016 Garden Contest winners

Parks and Recreation
Poster for the Disco Band Stardust
Jul 21

Disco Night at City Hall Plaza August 10

Mayor's Office
Graphic Promoting the Dorothy Curran Concert Series
Jun 10

Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concerts Return July 13

Parks and Recreation