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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, including our design and construction bidding process.

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:

parks Permitting

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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
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Oct 1

Parks fitness: Afrobeats Dance with Afrobeats Dance Boston

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Oct 2

Parks fitness: Virtual HIIT training with Ella

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Oct 3

Parks fitness: Virtual bootcamp with G-Fit

CANCELED: 2020 Gladeside Urban Wild cleanup ">
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Oct 3

CANCELED: 2020 Gladeside Urban Wild cleanup

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
Trees in the City of Boston

City of Boston seeks partner to design first urban forest plan

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Phase II of mounted training begins for six Park Rangers

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New leadership at Animal Care and Control

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Pics in the Parks snaps parks into focus

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More Parks news

George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses

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

Golf course information