Parks and Public Areas


Franklin Street Park

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of activity in parks throughout the City, we ask that you help us keep it clean for all to enjoy by carrying in trash bags and carry out your waste.

A Park Permit is required for any non-athletic events in City parks or public areas and must be obtained through The Department Public Works. Please read the Parks Permit FAQ page before applying for the permit. With the exception of Danehy Park and North Point Park, all parks require a permit.

Important Things to Know

1. A public gathering of 200 or more people may require a Police Detail and/or DPW personnel in attendance at the expense of the applicant, however, the City does not charge for public safety services for non-commercial expressive events in the City parks.

2. Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the requested date of event to ensure availability of the park/public area being requested.

3. Requests to use Danehy Park for any activity must be done through the City's Department of Human Services. Please contact Tom Cusick from the City's Recreation Division at 617.349.6238 or via email at North Point Park is the property under the jurisdiction of the state of Massachusetts. To inquire about the use of North Point Park, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation at 617.626.1250.

4. Applicants can now apply online to purchase a permit from The Department Public Works. Methods of Payment include: Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards, Visa & MasterCard debit cards, or Electronic checks (E-checks). A convenience fee will be charged for each purchase. 2.5% for Visa, MasterCard or Discover and a $2.00 flat fee for payments made with Electronic checks. Learn more about convenience fees. You will be taken to a secure, third-party payment processor, Velocity Payment Systems to submit payment online.

5. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Fosher at 617.349.4885 or via email at

Please use link below to apply for permit.

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Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
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