Parks and Playgrounds FAQ
The maintenance of Cambridge’s open spaces is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works, working in collaboration with several City departments, including CDD, the Department of Human Service Programs, the Conservation Commission, the Water Department, and the Arts Council, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on state-owned lands.
Click on the FAQs below to learn more about park permits, amenities, maintenance needs, and more, as well as the appropriate contact information for additional questions.
For Danehy Park: obtain a permit from the Recreation Division of the Department of Human Services Programs, call 617/349-6238, or email email@example.com.
For athletic fields excluding Danehy Park: obtain a permit from the Recreation Division of the Department of Human Services Programs, call 617/349-6238, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- To reserve a non-athletic park (excluding Danehy Park) for an even, contact the Parks Division of the Department of Public Works at 617/349-4885 or email@example.com or the Special Events Coordinator at 617/349-9498 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- For additional information about park permits, visit the Department of Public Work's Park Permit webpage.
- You may use the Commonwealth Connect app to report any issues. Alternatively, refer to the phone numbers and emails listed below.
- For issues in city-owned parks and playgrounds (other than the exceptions below), contact the Parks Division of the Department of Public Works at 617/349-4885 or email@example.com.
- For issues in Danehy Park, please contact the Recreation Division of the Department of Human Services Programs at 617/349-4895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There are also a number of parks in Cambridge managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. For issues related to the Charles River Reservation, Alewife Reservation, Blair Pond, or McCrehan Memorial Pool, please call 617/626-1250 or email@example.com.
- You can find applications for community garden space and related information here.
All waterplay facilities are free and open to the public during the summer months. Access a waterplay map here.
View a map of off-leash dog areas and shared-use hours and locations here. For more information, visit CDD's Off Leash Dogs webpage.
Click here for a more complete listing of agencies involved in the operation or maintenance of open spaces in Cambridge or contact Gary Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617/349-4603 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!