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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, 2 golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and 3 active cemeteries, urban wilds, 4 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.

News and announcements

Poster for the Disco Band Stardust
Jul 21

Disco Night at City Hall Plaza August 10

Mayor's Office
Jul 18

Mayor's Cup Youth Tennis Tournament Registration Deadline July 26

Parks and Recreation
Tavares Band Photo
Jul 15

Tavares Dance Party Coming to City Hall Plaza August 3

Parks and Recreation
Garden Contest
Jul 1

Mayor Walsh holds annual Garden Contest

Parks and Recreation
George Wright golf course

George Wright and William J. Devine Golf Courses

The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of City residents and non-residents alike.

Upcoming events

Image for Shakespeare on the Common: Love's Labour's Lost
Jul 26

Shakespeare on the Common: Love's Labour's Lost

Image for KIPP Academy Boston and Lynn
Jul 27

KIPP Academy Boston and Lynn

Image for Launch Exhibition
Jul 27 Launch Exhibition

Image for Boston Licensing Board - Petitions
Jul 27

Boston Licensing Board - Petitions

BOS:311 service requests