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Parks Department project improves City sports courts

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Various Courts program is an annual capital improvements project focused on 88 individual sites containing over 216 courts throughout the City of Boston’s park system.

The court types include basketball, tennis, street hockey, handball, and wall ball courts. The annual funding is $750,000 and includes design services and construction costs.

Winthrop PG basketball

Colorful courts refurbished by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department await players at Winthrop Playground in Roxbury.

Throughout the years the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with various groups for input, as well as assistance on renovations. In 2018, for example, Hemenway Playground in Dorchester was funded through the Community Preservation Act, as was Roxbury’s Orchard Park in 2019. The Boston Bruins Foundation, in partnership with commercial playground equipment manufacturer Kompan, assisted in resurfacing Porzio Park in East Boston and DeFilippo Park in the North End. The US Tennis Association along with the Laver Cup assisted in surfacing the tennis courts at Moakley Park in South Boston.

DeFilippo street hockey

Partnerships with organizations such as the Boston Bruins Foundation result in state-of-the-art courts such as this street hockey rink at DeFilippo Playground in the North End.

Below is a list of the courts the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has renovated over the last several years:


Byrne Playground, Dorchester

Moakley Park (tennis), South Boston


DeFilippo Park, North End

Peters Park, South End

South Street Mall, Jamaica Plain

Winthrop Playground, Roxbury


Boston Police Department District D-4 basketball court, South End

Moakley Park (street hockey), South Boston

Christopher Lee Playground, South Boston

Orchard Park, Roxbury


Billings Field, West Roxbury

Dorchester Park, Dorchester

Hemenway Playground, Dorchester


Hardiman Playground, Allston-Brighton

Walker Playground, Mattapan


Iacono Playground, Hyde Park

Ryan Playground, Charlestown


Fallon Field, Roslindale

Parkman Playground, Roslindale

Edwards Playground, Charlestown

South Street Mall courts

Lines for tennis and pickleball are both offered on the new courts at South Street Mall in Jamaica Plain.

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