Parks and Recreation
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:
Boston Common Master Plan Open House #2
January 15, 2020
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!
Help Boston Common glow for the holidays
With your support, more than 60,000 lights will illuminate Boston Common, with another 25,000 in the Public Garden.
Parks projects across the City
These projects will improve access, equity, and excellence in public open spaces.
Winter Fitness Series
Everyone is welcome at our classes, no matter your fitness level.
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.
Mayor Walsh, Friends of the Public Garden sign agreement to strengthen care for Downtown parks
26th annual Mayor's Cup Youth Hockey Tournament now underway
George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses
The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of residents and non-residents alike.