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Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in 2,100 acres of park land throughout the city.

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    Check out our Recreation Programs page!

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers free youth athletic programs, clinics, and camps in neighborhood parks and community centers citywide.  Be sure to bookmark our Recreation Programs page where you will find announcements, calendar listings, applications, and updates on all we have to offer!

    Recreation Programs »

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    Pics in the Parks returns in March

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department invite Boston residents to participate in the free Pics in the Parks photography sessions taking place on select Sundays in March and April from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring their cameras and participate in these informal sessions led by a photography instructor.

    See the press release for dates, locations, and more information »

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    Rose Garden Party: June 18, 2015

    The Rose Garden Party is a fundraiser for free year-long arts, cultural, and enrichment programs and events in our park system.  Now in its 19th year, the annual Rose Garden Party has become one of Boston's signature events. Please join us!

    More Information »

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    Youth Umpire Training Program registration open through March 13

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites teens ages 15 to 18 to take part in its Umpire Training Program beginning March 31.  Participants learn to umpire in a hands-on, classroom environment throughout the spring.  Upon completion of the training, participants are guaranteed summer employment through the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment working as umpires in the Mayor’s Cup Baseball Tournament and Boston Citywide Baseball League.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 13.  For a more in-depth explanation of this program and program expectations, please call (617) 961-3082. 

    Umpire Training Program press release »

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    Troops for Fitness

    As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers free workshops and classes instructed by U.S. military veterans at parks and community centers citywide. The health and wellness program is made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the National Parks and Recreation Association.

    Troops for Fitness Winter Schedule »

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    Find a City of Boston Park!

    Looking for the address of a City of Boston park?  Or would you like to see park names by neighborhood?  Take a look at our inventory listing parks, playgrounds, urban wilds, cemeteries, and squares under the jurisdiction of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

    2014 Park Inventory »


Forms, Permits & Applications

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News & Press Releases »

Calendar »

  • See a listing of upcoming events at Boston's Parks.

    View Events Calendar »

Upcoming Meetings »

  • The public is invited to provide input to the Parks Department through community meetings.

    View Upcoming Meetings »

Videos & Multimedia »

  • Evacuation Day Historical Exercises 2015
    Mayor Walsh and others offer remarks regarding the significance of Evacuation Day. From Dorchester Heights in South Boston.Watch Video »
  • Nationwide Great Outdoors Initiative
    Mayor Walsh joins the National Park Service and YMCA of Greater Boston to launch a nationwide effort to inspire millions of young Americans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. Watch Video »

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