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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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    Mayor Walsh's Coffee Hours begin May 12!

    Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the 16th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 12 to June 16. All participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. In addition, each family in attendance will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses as a gift from Mayor Walsh.

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    Public Garden earns Yankee Magazine Editors’ Choice

    The Parks Department is pleased to share the news from our partners at the Friends of the Public Garden that Yankee Magazine has recognized the Public Garden as a 2014 “Editors’ Choice 2014 Home & Garden Award” winner in their March/April issue. This exclusive designation recognizes Yankee’s editors’ favorite New England home and garden shops, public gardens, garden ornaments and furniture, garden accessories, and restaurant gardens.

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    Bioheat Comes to Franklin Park

    A partnership between the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Bioheat, and CBS EcoMedia’s innovative EcoAd program recently funded much-needed oil tank replacement at the City of Boston's Franklin Park Maintenance Yard. The new fuel storage system was filled with Bioheat, a cleaner and renewable home heating oil. The upgrade falls within the goals of the Greenovate Boston Initiative to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

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    Historic Burying Grounds Initiative

    Did you know that the Granary Burying Ground was once bordered by both an asylum and a poorhouse? Discover more interesting facts about one of Boston’s most famous historical sites, as well as details regarding its new landscape, in the Historic Burying Grounds Initiative’s Newsletter.

    More About Historic Burying Grounds Initiative »

    October 2013 Newsletter »

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  • Franklin Park Zoo Upgrade Announcement
    Mayor Walsh participates in a press conference at the Franklin Park Zoo.Watch Video »
  • Game of the Week: New Mission vs. Milton Boys D2 Semi-Finals
    The New Mission Titans take on the Milton Wildcats LIVE from the TD Garden.Watch Video »

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