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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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    Light up the Frog Pond at Mayor Walsh's Fall Pumpkin Fest on October 19!

    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 will include science experiments, magic show, giant bubble show, and more.  Please join us on Sunday, October 19, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM for this fun fall celebration!

    2014 Pumpkin Fest flyer »

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    Help Boston Bloom with Daffodils!

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the Boston Blooms beautification initiative will distribute 25,000 daffodil bulbs this fall to volunteers for planting citywide in approved locations on the weekends of October 25 and November 1. Individuals, civic associations, church groups, sports leagues, scout troops, open space advocates, and parks friends are invited to fill out the online form below and help brighten our city!

    Apply for Bulbs »

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    Fall Watercolor Workshops coming in September

    Using watercolor paints and techniques, capture some of Boston's most picturesque parks at the Watercolor Painting Workshops, part of the ParkARTS program sponsored by Holly and David Bruce. Local art instructors welcome artists of all skill levels to join them and capture Boston’s parks through the magic of watercolor. All supplies provided. 

    2014 Fall Watercolor Flyer »

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    Lead Active and Healthy Lives with the Help of this Fitness Program!

    Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, Veteran's Affairs Commissioner Francisco Urena, and fitness gurus as they unveil an exciting health and wellness project that will benefit the City of Boston in many ways. Get a free workout in and receive great giveaways, health information, refreshment, and more! Click the link below to register and keep checking back for a schedule of fitness events to start this Fall.

    Register for Boston Fitness Launch »

    Boston Fitness flyer »

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    Free Films in Boston Parks with Mayor Walsh's Movie Nights!

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, will give residents and visitors plenty of chances to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September.

    All shows begin at dusk (approximately 7:45 PM) and are sponsored by the Massachusetts Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program with media support by the Boston Herald, JAM’N 94.5, Kiss 108, and presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.  Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres. 

    Dates & Locations »

    2014 Movie Nights Flyer »

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    Parks Department Holds Citywide Open Space Plan Meetings

    The Boston Parks Department is 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 prefeirences.  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!  Presentations from the meetings are available for viewing online at the link below by neighborhood and date.

    Press Release (Dates & Locations) »

    View Open Space Plan Presentations by Neighborhood and Date »

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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.

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Upcoming Meetings »

  • The public is invited to provide input to the Parks Department through community meetings.

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  • Boston Area Church League Luncheon
    Mayor Walsh attends the Boston Area Church League Luncheon, where he accepts the Ted Williams Award and delivers the keynote address.Watch Video »
  • Game of the Week-BNBL: Runnin' Rebels vs. Avengers
    This week we head to the Madison Park Community Center for a matchup in the Boys 18 and Under Division, as the Runnin' Rebels take on the Avengers.Watch Video »

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