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


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Parks and Recreation

The public health situation is rapidly changing. We will update this post as new and relevant information becomes available. The health and safety of park users is our top priority.

We are in regular contact with Boston Public Health Commission for information and guidance. Please visit the City's coronavirus website for the latest information.

Parks and Recreation hearings

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our Tree Removal and Parks and Recreation Commission hearings are being held online:

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Latest updates

Parks Facilities

Park facilities, including athletic fields, courts, splash pads, and playgrounds are OPEN as of July 13, 2020 as part of the City of Boston’s Phase 3 Reopening. Park users are advised to:

  • wear a face covering
  • remain 6 feet away from others, and
  • follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission.

Recreation and Events


Outdoor events are limited to 50 people or fewer, by permit only. Events of 50-100 attendees subject to approval by the City of Boston special events committee.

Youth and Adult Sports

For lower contact sports, games are allowed in addition to practices,  conditioning and skills drills, and lessons for these sports:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Tennis and pickleball
  • Sailing
  • Track and field
  • Skateboarding 

For higher contact sports, ONLY practices, conditioning and skills drills, and lessons in groups of fewer than 25 people, are allowed (no games). These include:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate frisbee


Regularly scheduled, organized activities — such as games, practices, conditioning and skills drills, and lessons — require a permit.


Youth players are allowed one chaperone per child. No spectators are allowed for adult sports.


Facility lights will be turned on based on the location’s permitting schedule.

To report enforcement issues, please call Boston Police. For maintenance issues, please contact 617-635-7275 or 3-1-1.

Design and construction bidding


Parks and Recreation Department bid documents are now available at 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor Boston MA 02118 on a normal schedule. Bid openings will continue to be held virtually via ZOOM video call. To limit the amount of people, interested parties will not be able to access the building for bid openings.

Upcoming Bid Openings
  • No bid openings scheduled at this time.

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