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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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    Support Boston's Holiday Lights!

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites you to partner with us to preserve our city’s tradition of illuminating Boston Common during the winter holiday season. Please help us meet our fundraising goal in order to light the trees and buildings in the park and deliver holiday cheer to Boston’s residents and visitors!

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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.

    2016 Troops for Fitness February & March »

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    Reserve Time at Your Local Tennis Court

    The City has partnered with PlayLocal to offer tennis court reservations at select pilot locations throughout Boston. Users can sign up for free, and will have access to view park locations, maps and available reservation times.

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    Reserve a Court »

    Now in West Roxbury »

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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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    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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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 »

  • Corporate Mentoring Summit 2016
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston team up with Mass Mentoring Partnership to help launch the Mayor's Mentoring Movement, an exciting initiative to increase the number of caring adults in the lives of Boston youth.Watch Video »
  • Bryan McGonagle Street Hockey Rink Dedication Ceremony
    In celebration of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic coming to Foxboro on New Year's Day, Mayor Walsh joins NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, and Joe McGonagle (Uncle of Bryan McGonagle) for a dedication ceremony to the newly renovated Bryan McGonagle street hockey rink at Ryan Playground in Charlestown.Watch Video »

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