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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, 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.

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.


Boston Common
Sep 2

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights return to Boston Common

Parks and Recreation
Roxbury Rhapsody Mosaic Art
Sep 1

ParkARTS watercolor workshops return in September

Parks and Recreation
Garden Contest
Sep 1

‘Boston Blooms with Daffodils’ program returns in October

Parks and Recreation
Aug 17

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights Continue Through September 23

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