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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 COVID-19 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. Please follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission.

Effective Friday, April 30, the City of Boston will align with Commonwealth’s updated Face Coverings Order. This states that face coverings will be required at all times at indoor and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking. Face coverings are recommended to be worn both inside and outside during small gatherings at private homes. Face coverings are not required outside in public spaces when individuals are able to remain at a safe distance from others.

Also effective April 30, public gatherings in Boston may increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, in alignment with the Commonwealth's previously announced limits. In Boston, all private gatherings and events in private residences will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. However, public and private gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors on June 19 in Boston, three weeks after the higher limits go into effect in other parts of the Commonwealth. The City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission will continue to closely monitor public health data and adjust reopening plans as necessary.

The City of Boston will align with the Commonwealth’s updated guidance for indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks, allowing capacity to increase to 25 percent, effective May 10.

Recreation and Events

Events

Outdoor events are limited to 150 people or fewer, by permit only. Attendees must wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distancing. Contact the City of Boston's Licensing Board for more information on entertainment guidelines. Amplified sound or amusements are not allowed.

Youth and Adult Sports

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

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

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

  • Football, rugby (including international versions such as Irish football or Australian rules football)
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse, hurling, field hockey
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate frisbee, bike polo
  • Roller hockey, street hockey, roller derby
  • Martial arts, karate, boxing, MMA

Player and staff guidelines:

  • Players, coaches, staff, and chaperones must wear face coverings at all times.
  • No more than 25 participants total (inclusive of parents, volunteers, coaches, and athletes) may occupy a permitted location at any given time.
  • Team benches and dugouts are closed.

Permitting

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

Spectators

Youth players are allowed one chaperone per child. Chaperones must wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times. No spectators are allowed for adult sports. 

Lighting

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

BID DOCUMENTS

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. Interested parties will not be able to access the building for bid openings.

Upcoming Bid Openings

All bid openings can be viewed using the zoom link below.

View the bid opening on Zoom

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