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.
Online permitting system
You can reserve public athletic fields or parks for special events, including weddings:
For information on our Parks and Recreation Commission hearings and tree removal hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.
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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.
Parks Department summer sports centers extended to August 28
Pics in the Parks: Challenge 8 - Light and shadows
Pics in the Parks: Challenge 7 - Reflection
George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses
The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of residents and non-residents alike.