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Parks and Recreation Commission

The Boston Park Commission was established in 1875 by legislative act to oversee the creation of the City's park system, beginning with the Emerald Necklace.

Serving on a commission

Serving on a board or commission is one of the most impactful ways Bostonians can become active in their community. Read our guide if you are interested in applying.

About the commission

The Boston Parks Commission is responsible for oversight of land acquisition, enforcement of design regulations, naming of parks, and making of rules.

The authority of the Parks Commissions is set forth in:

The commission's responsibilities include:

Further, the commission reviews construction or alteration of all buildings and structures within 100 feet of a public park or parkway (Municipal Code Section 7.4-11).