Parks and Recreation
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.
Boston Common Tree Lighting
The City of Boston and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 82nd Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, November 30.
Lighting of The Ship at Martin's Park
Join us for Boston's newest holiday tradition!
Help spread the holiday cheer by joining the Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park for our annual trellis lighting in the North End's Christopher Columbus Park!
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The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.
Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds
We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.
The Urban Wilds form an essential part of the City's open space system.
Boston’s Urban Wilds Program joins the Forests in Cities Network