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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, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will update this post as new and relevant information becomes available. 

UPDATED: MARCH 29, 2020. NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

The health and safety of park users is our top priority. City of Boston parks remain open at this time. Most maintenance and operational functions continue, with reduced staffing levels. During this time we are asking the public to reach out by phone at 617-635-4505 or email at parks@boston.gov before visiting our offices in person.

Service Changes
  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing, group sports activities on fields and courts are temporarily suspended. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Street hockey
    • Tennis
    • Pickleball
  • Golf courses are closed. Golf course operations have been temporarily suspended.
  • Playgrounds and tot lots are temporarily closed.
  • Although parks remain open for "passive recreation" (such as walking or jogging) at this time, park users are advised to follow guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission:
    • Practice social distancing (remain at least six feet away from other people).
    • Wash hands, utilize hand sanitizer, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
    • Limit time in public areas and avoid congregating in groups.
    • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Park permits have been suspended through April 27, 2020.
  • Cultural and recreational programming has been suspended indefinitely. 
  • Community engagement forums for our planning, design, and construction activities will be postponed until a later date.
  • Events that are subject to the open meeting law (Parks Commission Meetings, Tree Removal Hearings) will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. There are no public meetings scheduled for March.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston, including park renovations. During this week, we will work to ensure that our sites are safe and secure. All sites will shut down by Monday, March 23, 2020.

Please call 617-635-4505 or email parks@boston.gov if you have questions about a particular event.

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. Read the full memo on City-sponsored events.