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.
New permitting system
We switched to a new system to reserve parks in the City of Boston. With the new 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.
Boston Children’s Festival comes to Franklin Park August 22
The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission creates park rules. They also review construction within 100 feet of a park or parkway to assess and reduce impacts. View the Enabling Legislation.Current members
|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|