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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:

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 official public hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov. For events and community meetings, check out the City calendar.

Upcoming events

Events
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Jan 16

Doherty-Gibson Playground community meeting

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Jan 16

Smith Park Community Meeting

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Feb 4

McKinney Playground Community meeting

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.

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