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Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in more than 2,600 acres of park land throughout the city.

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    Join us for our holiday lighting celebrations!

    Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the holiday lightings of our trees at Copley Square and Boston Common, the trellises at Christopher Columbus Park, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. For more details, please look at the City Calendar or our press release section on the right. See you there!

    Christopher Columbus Park Trellis Lighting
    110 Atlantic Ave., North End
    Monday, November 24, 5:15 p.m.

    Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting
    Arlington Street and Commonwealth Avenue, Back Bay
    Monday, December 1, 5 p.m.

    Copley Square Tree Lighting
    560 Boylston Street, Back Bay
    Tuesday, December 2, 5 p.m.

    Boston Common Tree Lighting
    139 Tremont Street, Boston
    Thursday, December 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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    Troops for Fitness

    As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will offer 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. Click on the link below for the schedule of fitness events.

    Troops for Fitness Oct. & Nov. Calendar »

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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 »

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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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 »

  • James Collyer Town Field House Dedication Ceremony
    Mayor Walsh attends a field house dedication ceremony at Town Field Park in Dorchester in honor of James Collyer, a lifelong Dorchester resident and community activist.Watch Video »
  • Adams Park Ribbon Cutting
    Mayor Walsh celebrates the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Adams Park in Roslindale.Watch Video »

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