Rules & Regulations

Rules of the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission relative to the use of the public parks and other public places (including boundary roads and parkways) under its control.

SECTION 1. No person shall, in any public park (including any boundary road thereof), or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission:

(a) abuse or annoy another; or

(b) beg or canvass for alms; or

(c) break any bottle or other article of glass: or

(d) drop or place and suffer to remain, except in a receptacle provided for the purpose, any bottle, can, paper or other thing, or

(e) make any public speech or distribute free or for a price any printed matter in the Public Garden or in, or within twenty-five feet of the Frog Pond in the Boston Common or in such portions of the public parks and other public places under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission as are from time to time specially set apart for the playing of games and athletic contests, or

(f) enter, or remain in, any public park between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on any day except for the purpose of going through such park on the walks or malls thereof unless specific request is made for a particular facility, written to the Commissioner, and brought before the Commission and approved. The Parks Commissioner can postpone or cancel events due to inclement weather or public safety.

(g) Have in his or her possession any intoxicating liquor.


SECTION 2. No person shall, in any public park (including any boundary road thereof), or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission, except under the auspices of public authority:

(a) sit, stand or lie upon, or climb upon or over, any balustrade, railing, fence, wall, roof, statue, monument, fountain, bush or tree; or

(b) go under any balustrade, railing or fence, or

(c) stand or lie upon any seat; or

(d) go upon any flower bed or cultivated area; or

(e) dig up, cut, break, remove, deface, defile, or take any tree, bush, plant, turf, rock, gravel, building, structure, fence, railing, sign or other thing connected with such park of place; or

(f) disturb any bird's nest or eggs; or

(g) injure or have possession of any wild animal or bird; or

(h) set any trap or snare, or

(i) throw any stone or other missile; or

(j) drop or place and suffer to remain a lighted match, cigarette, cigar or other burning substance; or

(k) have or discharge any firecracker or fireworks; or

(l) discharge any firearm or destructive weapon; or

(m) have in any such park or place, except a boundary road or parkway on which there are dwellings, any firearm or destructive weapon; or

(n) go on foot on any drive or bridle path except to go directly across from the walk to another; or

(o) sit, stand or lie upon lawn areas in the Public Garden except such lawn areas designated as sitting areas.


SECTION 3. No person shall, in any public park (including any boundary road thereof), or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission, except under the auspices of public authority or in a place especially set apart for the purpose by the Parks and Recreation Commission:

(a) have or allow any animal, except a dog on a leash no longer than eight feet, or cat under proper control; or walk a dog in a designated Dog Free Zone; or

(b) have, ride, or drive any vehicle except a wheelchair, baby carriage or other like vehicle; or

(c) moor or use a boat or raft; or

(d) skate, or coast with a sled; or

(e) use a bicycle, scooter, roller skates, skateboard or the like; or

(f) play ball or any other game or sport; or

(g) run in a race; or

(h) bathe or swim; or

(i) fish; or

(j) make a fire; or

(k) have or allow any animal, including a cat or dog, with the exception of a seeing eye dog for a blind or handicapped person, on a leash, within the boundaries of the Public Garden.

(l) play golf or hit golf balls;

SECTION 4. No person shall be at any outdoor swimming pool under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission, or upon any beach under its control, or in or upon the waters of any such pool or beach, unless he is so clothed that his body is not indecently exposed; and no person shall dress or undress at any such swimming pool or beach except in a place especially set apart for the purpose by the Parks and Recreation Commission; and no person over the age of twelve years shall wade or bathe in, or make any use of the waters in the Frog Pond in the Boston Common

SECTION 5. No person shall have or allow on any bridle path in any public park or other public place under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission any horse except a well broken horse, and no person shall race or gallop any horse on any such bridle path; and horses shall not be let or ridden on any such bridle path more than two abreast.

SECTION 6. No person shall, in any public park (including any boundary road thereof) or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission; unless under a lease or concession granted under Chapter 365 of the Acts of 1897, and unless a written permit be on their person or prominently displayed, engage in any commercial enterprise or solicit business or display or distribute any commercial advertising matter; nor shall any person, except in accordance with a written permit from the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, have or drive in or on any such park or place (or boundary road or parkway) any vehicle having a seating capacity of more than eight passengers.

SECTION 7. No person in any public park (including boundary road thereof) or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission shall fail to comply with any reasonable direction given by any police officer or by any Parks and Recreation Department employee or contained in any notice posted by the Parks and Recreation Department.

SECTION 8. No person shall place any snow or ice removed from private property upon any sidewalk or roadway of any boundary road of a public park or of any parkway under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission; nor shall the owner or tenant of an estate abutting on any sidewalk suffer any snow to remain on such sidewalk for more than three hours between sunrise and sunset or suffer any ice to so remain unless such ice is made even and covered with sand, sawdust or ashes to prevent slipping.

SECTION 9. No person shall drive any vehicle upon any sidewalk of any boundary road of a public park or of any parkway under the control of the Parks and Recreation Commission except in accordance with a written permit from the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. In places where vehicle use is permitted, no person shall ride in excess of five miles per hour, except where specifically designated.

SECTION 10. Whoever violates any provision of section seven of these rules shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars for each offense; and whoever violates any other provision of these rules shall be punished by a fine or not more than fifty dollars for each offense.

CERTIFIED COPY:

Brian McLaughlin, Executive Secretary
Boston Parks and Recreation Commission