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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.

New permitting system

We switched to a new system to reserve parks in the City of Boston. With the new system, you can reserve public athletic fields or parks for special events, including weddings.

Visit our permitting site

Parks and Recreation
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 hearings and meetings, please visit the public notices section of

Upcoming events

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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.

Stay Connected

Get information about news, events, and construction projects in the Boston Parks.


The Annual Faneuil Hall Holiday Tree Lighting in Quincy Market, Downtown Boston.
Nov 13

City to celebrate Boston Common tree lighting on November 30

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Nov 3

Mayor Walsh to light Columbus Park Trellis on Monday, November 20

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Nov 3

Copley Square tree lighting on Monday, November 27

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Nov 2

City grants $2 million towards Jackson Square Recreational Center

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More resources

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The Boston Park Commission was established in 1875 by legislative act to oversee the creation of the City's park system, beginning with the Emerald Necklace.

The authority of the commission is set forth in:

The commission's responsibilities include:

Further, the commission reviews construction or alteration of all buildings and structures within 100 feet of a public park or parkway (Municipal Code Section 7.4-11).

Current members
Name Title Appointed Term ends
Christopher Cook Commissioner March 3, 2014  
Elisa Birdseye Associate Commissioner January 29, 2016 January 28, 2020
Anne L. Connolly Associate Commissioner July 31, 2017 January 17, 2021
William Epperson Associate Commissioner May 4, 2017 January 1, 2021
Maria Fitzpatrick Associate Commissioner July 8, 2015 July 7, 2019
David Queeley Associate Commissioner May 4, 2017 January 17, 2021
Sanjay Saini Associate Commissioner July 8, 2015 July 7, 2019
Want to contact the commission?

Please contact Carrie Marsh: or 617-961-3074.