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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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    Light up the Frog Pond at the Fall Pumpkin Fest

    Bring an eight-inch or smaller carved pumpkin to float on the Frog Pond and set it aglow at twilight! This free family-friendly event is on Saturday, October 17, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

    2015 Pumpkin Fest Flyer »

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    View the winners of the Mayor's Garden Contest!

    Take a tour of the winning gardens in Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Garden Contest using this interactive map. Selected from more than 130 applications, these gardens represent the efforts of Boston's green thumbs who landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods. Now in its 19th year, the Mayor's Garden Contest is presented with a Grand Prize from JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald. 

    See the winners of the Mayor's 2015 Garden Contest! »

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    "Summer in the Parks" guide now online!

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department's "Summer in the Parks" guide is now online.  Choose from more than 20 program offerings including concerts, workshops, movies, arts and crafts, sports camps, and more in parks citywide, all offered free of charge!

    2015 Summer Guide »

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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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    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.

    Press Release »

    Reserve a Court »

    Now in West Roxbury »

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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.

    2015 Troops for Fitness October & November 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 »

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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 »

  • South Boston Vietnam Memorial Service and Ceremony
    Mayor Walsh attends the Medal of Honor Convention's South Boston Vietnam memorial service and ceremony at the M Street Park.Watch Video »
  • Opening of Suffolk University's New Athletic Home
    Mayor Walsh attends the opening of Suffolk University's new athletic home at East Boston Memorial Stadium.Watch Video »

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