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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.

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.

Visit our permitting site

Parks and Recreation
Contact
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 our hearings and meetings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.

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.

Announcements

George Wright golf course
Apr 4

City of Boston golf courses offering online booking for tee times

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A photo of the Franklin Park pathways in Roxbury
Apr 4

Mayor Walsh announces 2017 Coffee Hour Series

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Boston Swan Boats at the Public Garden lagoon
Apr 3

Mayor Walsh opens swan boats on April 15

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Apr 3

Mayor's Cup Street Hockey Tournament coming April 18 - 20

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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

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Apr 24

Boston Parks And Recreation Commission Hearing

Image for Back Bay Fens Westland Avenue Gateway community meeting
Apr 24

Back Bay Fens Westland Avenue Gateway community meeting

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Apr 25

Smith Playground Community Meeting

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Apr 25

Noyes Playground Community Meeting #2