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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, 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.

Notice on event applications

At this time, we won't accept requests to reserve public athletic fields or parks for special events that take place after February 1, 2017. Even if you file a request, we will ignore it.

The reason we can't take applications is because we're moving to a new reservation system. If you want to make a reservation for the spring or summer, please come back to our site on February 1 when the new system is live.

Parks and Recreation
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Public hearings and meetings

For information on Parks and Recreation Department hearings and meetings, please visit the public notices section of

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.


check presentation
Dec 21

$400,000 state grant to help fund Harambee Park improvements

Parks and Recreation
Dec 5

Troops for Fitness offers exercise in Boston parks

Parks and Recreation
Exercise with Troops for Fitness

Exercise with Troops for Fitness

The Troops for Fitness program offers free, year-round exercise workshops and classes taught by US military veterans in City parks. Learn more about the program.

Upcoming events

Outdoors Rx Family Play Party Snow Shoeing
Feb 21

Outdoors Rx Family Play Party