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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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    Thanks for joining us at our holiday lighting celebrations!

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department thank everyone who took part in the holiday lightings of our Christmas trees at Copley Square and Boston Common, the trellises at Christopher Columbus Park, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Happy holidays and season's greetings to all!

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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. Click on the link below for the schedule of fitness events.

    Troops for Fitness Dec-Jan 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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  • 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 »

  • Michael Joyce Playground Dedication
    Mayor Walsh joins other elected officials, along with the friends and family of former Special Assistant to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Michael Joyce, for a playground dedication in his name. Watch Video »
  • 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 »

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