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, 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:
Winter Fitness Series
Everyone is welcome at our classes, no matter your fitness level.
Boston Parks Parcel Priority Plan
Take part in our survey!
The plan is a long-term planning effort to enhance Boston's network of resilient community parks.
Boston Common Master Plan
We want to create a Common that will serve residents and visitors, all while protecting this special place.
We use funds to support historic preservation, affordable housing, and parks and open space.
Franklin Park Master Plan
Stay up to date on the Franklin Park Master Planning process!
Parks projects across the City
These projects will improve access, equity, and excellence in public open spaces.
Places to visitPlaces 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.
Stricter measures in place for social, physical distancing to curb COVID-19 impact
Animal Care and Control coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: Boston Parks and Recreation
George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses
The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of residents and non-residents alike.