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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 Summer Fun with the Parks Department!

    Concerts. movies, watercolor painting workshops, and a wide range of children's activities - there's something for everyone in the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's summer schedule of ParkARTS events, all offered free of charge. Take a look at our participatory and performing arts calendars and join us for fun and entertainment in Boston’s neighborhood parks this summer.

    2014 Participatory Arts »

    2014 Performing Arts »

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    Mayor Walsh's Garden Contest

    The Mayor's Garden Contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, beautified their own small piece of Boston. Residents, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to nominate their own or a neighbor's garden. All garden types are welcome! Exciting Grand Prize provided by JetBlue.

    Garden Contest Nomination Form »

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    Parks Department holds citywide Open Space Plan meetings

    The Boston Parks Department will be holding a citywide series of public meetings from July 21 to August 14 to discuss the 2015 to 2021 Open Space Plan and the results of a survey questionnaire about park use and preferences.  With this information the Parks Department is developing a multi-year integrated plan for open space protection and development. Open space advocates, parents, caregivers, and all users of Boston’s parks are invited to attend these meetings!

    Read the press release for dates and locations »

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    Get Healthy Outdoors with the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series!

    The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series offers a wide range of free activities being offered during June, July, and August. Activities include boot camp, line dancing, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, Zumba Gold. and salsa dancing.

    Check the schedule and find an activity that works for you!

    Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    2014 Summer Parks Fitness Brochure and Calendar »

    Read Press Release »

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    Come watch the Red Sox with the "Out of the Park" series!

    Celebrate America’s pastime as the Boston Red Sox, the Highland Street Foundation, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department team up to bring three Red Sox away games to a park near you.  Bring a blanket to watch the game on the big screen and cheer on the Red Sox!


    Everyone is welcome at this free event featuring live viewing of the game, caricaturists, balloon artists, face painters, giveaways, and refreshments.  Special guests include Red Sox mascot Wally, Red Sox DJ TJ Connelly, Announcer Henry Mahegan, Organist Josh Kantor, and the Hot Tamales Brass Band.


    Sunday, May 25, 1:40 p.m. - Jim Rice Field, Ramsay Park, 1917 Washington Street, South End/Roxbury 


    Sunday, June 22, 4:05 p.m. - The Playstead, Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road, Dorchester


    Sunday, July 27, 1:40 p.m. - Boston Common, corner of Charles and Beacon Streets, Boston

    Out of the Park flyer »

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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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  • 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 »

  • Annual Rose Garden Party
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh attends the Annual Rose Garden Party to benefit the Boston Parks Department's ParkARTS, a variety of cultural offerings and participatory arts in Boston's parks.Watch Video »
  • The Naming of Norman B. Leventhal Park as one of the "Great Places in America."
    Norman B. Leventhal Park is named as one of the "Great Places in America."Watch Video »

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