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Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 update: Please review our service changes page to see how the current public health emergency has affected Boston parks.

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:

parks Permitting

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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 Parks and Recreation Commission hearings and tree removal hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.

Upcoming events

Events
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Apr 18

Dog licensing and low-cost rabies clinic - South Boston

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Apr 23

2020 Fairy House Festival

Mayor's Cup Street Hockey Tournament
Apr 23

Mayor's Cup Street Hockey Tournament - POSTPONED

2020 Return of the Swans
May 1

2020 Return of the Swans

More City events

Places to visit

Places to visit
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Emerald Necklace

The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.

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Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds

We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.

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Urban Wilds

The Urban Wilds form an essential part of the City's open space system.

Latest news

News
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Stricter measures in place for social, physical distancing to curb COVID-19 impact

Public Health Commission
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Animal Care and Control coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Animal Care and Control
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates: Boston Parks and Recreation

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Registration open for Parks Department Summer Sports Centers

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George Wright and William J. Devine golf courses

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

Golf course information