Parks and Recreation
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.
Places to visit
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.