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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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    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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    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.

    View the Winners »

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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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    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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    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.

    View Events Calendar »

Upcoming Meetings »

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

    View Upcoming Meetings »

Videos & Multimedia »


  • LoPresti Park Opening Ceremony
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh attends LoPresti Park Opening Ceremony.Watch Video »
  • 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 »

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