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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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Design and construction bidding

Bid counter relocating

Our Bid Counter is temporarily relocating to City Hall, Room 241, and operating on a reduced schedule. The Bid Counter will be virtually open to the public for scheduled bid openings via ZOOM video call. To control the amount of people in the Bid Room at one time, all in-person visits, including interested parties picking up bid documents, require an appointment. To make an appointment to visit the Bid Counter, please use our online scheduler:

Online scheduler

Upcoming Bid Openings
  • Improvements to the William J. Devine Golf Cart Boardwalk at Scarboro Pond
    Friday, May 29, 12 p.m. (noon)

Join via Zoom

Latest updates (May 26, 2020)

  • The following features are CLOSED in all parks:
    • Playground structures and equipment (slides, swings, climbing structures)
    • Fitness equipment
    • Courts: basketball, street hockey, and handball
    • Organized, group sports activities on fields: baseball, softball, football, rugby, cricket, and soccer
  • Areas that are OPEN:
    • Passive space for walking, running, cycling, riding non-motorized scooters and skateboards, while practicing physical distancing. Keep six feet of space between yourself and others.
    • Tennis courts, pickleball courts, and athletic fields are open for families and individuals from the same household. Do not congregate in groups. No permits will be issued until further notice.
  • Only use parks when you have the ability to remain six feet away from others. If you find a park to be crowded, choose a less busy time or find another park. Most of our parks remain uncrowded. Visit our Urban Wilds page or parks and playgrounds page for more information. You'll find many options, organized by neighborhood.
  • Although parks remain open for passive use, such as walking or jogging, park users are advised to follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission:
    • Remain at least six feet away from others (those who are not part of your immediate family or household).
    • 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.
    • Wear a face covering when out in public.
    • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Permits for events or recreational sports are suspended until further notice.
  • To report enforcement issues, please call Boston Police. For maintenance issues, please contact 617-635-4505 or 3-1-1.

Previous service changes

  • During this time we are asking the public to reach out by phone at 617-635-4505 or email at before visiting our offices in person.
  • Maintenance and operational functions continue, with reduced staffing levels and staggered shifts.
  • Cultural and recreational programming has been suspended indefinitely. 
  • Golf courses will re-open Saturday, May 9, 2020.
  • 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.