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Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 update: Please review our service changes page. We have information on how the public health emergency has affected Boston parks.

We create and maintain clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in more than 2,300 acres of park land throughout Boston.

Our department is responsible for 217 City parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, two golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and three active cemeteries, urban wilds, four High School Athletic Fields, and approximately 125,000 trees, all covering 2,346 acres, 1,000 of which comprise the historic Emerald Necklace. We are also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees.

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Contact
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Public hearings and meetings

For information on our Parks and Recreation Commission hearings and tree removal hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov.

Upcoming events

Events
Feb 25

Parks winter fitness: Virtual Zumba

Feb 26

Parks winter fitness: Virtual Barre class

Feb 27

Parks winter fitness: Strength training

Feb 28

Parks winter fitness: Virtual family fitness

More City events

Places to visit

Places to visit
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Emerald Necklace

The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.

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Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds

We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.

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Urban Wilds

The Urban Wilds form an essential part of the City's open space system.

Latest news

News
Trees in the City of Boston

Firms selected to develop Boston's first Urban Forest Plan

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Recounting the history of the Dawn Redwood, a living fossil in Boston parks

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MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES COMPLETED IMPROVEMENTS TO PARKS IN NORTH END, DORCHESTER AND SOUTH BOSTON

Improvements completed to parks in North End, Dorchester, and South Boston

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Flaherty Park playground reopens in South Boston

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