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Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space in 2,100 acres of park land throughout the city.

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    View the winners of the Mayor's Garden Contest!

    Take a tour of the winning gardens in Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Garden Contest using this interactive map. Selected from more than 130 applications, these gardens represent the efforts of Boston's green thumbs who landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods. Now in its 19th year, the Mayor's Garden Contest is presented with a Grand Prize from JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald. 

    See the winners of the Mayor's 2015 Garden Contest! »

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    "Summer in the Parks" guide now online!

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department's "Summer in the Parks" guide is now online.  Choose from more than 20 program offerings including concerts, workshops, movies, arts and crafts, sports camps, and more in parks citywide, all offered free of charge!

    2015 Summer Guide »

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    Check out our Recreation Programs page!

    The Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers free youth athletic programs, clinics, and camps in neighborhood parks and community centers citywide.  Be sure to bookmark our Recreation Programs page where you will find announcements, calendar listings, applications, and updates on all we have to offer!

    Recreation Programs »

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    Reserve Time at Your Local Tennis Court

    The City has partnered with PlayLocal to offer tennis court reservations at select pilot locations throughout Boston. Users can sign up for free, and will have access to view park locations, maps and available reservation times.

    Press Release »

    Reserve a Court »

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    Troops for Fitness

    As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers free workshops and classes instructed by U.S. military veterans at parks and community centers citywide. The health and wellness program is made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the National Parks and Recreation Association.

    Troops For Fitness August and September schedule »

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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 »

Forms, Permits & Applications

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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 »

  • Game of the Week: Girls BNBL 18 & Under Citi Team vs Showstoppers
    We cap off the Girls BNBL Championships with the 18 & Under Division Finals, as Citi Team takes on the Showstoppers. Watch Video »
  • Game of the Week: Girls BNBL 15 & Under Championship Showstopper vs Lee School
    Two BNBL powerhouses collide as the Showstoppers square off againgst the Lee School in the Girls 15 & Under BNBL Championship. Watch Video »

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