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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.

Our department annually beautifies these park and open space areas with ornamental plantings of trees, shrubs, and flowers. We also schedule events and programs for the participation and enjoyment of the public.

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

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.


Oct 6

Troop for Fitness offers exercise in Boston parks

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camera picture
Oct 4

Pics in the Parks returns October 16

Parks and Recreation
Garden Contest
Sep 1

‘Boston Blooms with Daffodils’ program returns in October

Parks and Recreation
Sun flower test
Jul 29

Mayor Walsh announces 2016 Garden Contest winners

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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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Oct 27

Boston Parks and Recreation - Olmsted Park

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Oct 27

Parks and Recreation Department

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Oct 30

Pics in the Parks - Commonwealth Avenue Mall

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Nov 3

Tree removal hearing - South Boston