Brookline Parks

Larz Anderson Park Season (April-October)

Reservations for the 2018 season begins January 09 at 9:00AM; online (with account) or by phone 617.730.2069.

About the Park

Larz Anderson is the largest park in Brookline. Offering commanding views of the city of Boston, an enclosed children's play area, picnic areas, ball fields, a figure-eight lagoon, and architectural features for wedding ceremonies. Larz Anderson Park is sure to be the perfect spot for your outing or event.

Picnic/Shelter Area

There are 12 picnic areas throughout the park. Each picnic area can accommodate up to 8 adults, consists of 1 table and 1 charcoal grill. The shelter, a covered area can accommodate up to 85 people, consists of 8 covered picnic tables, 3 uncovered picnic tables, and 6 charcoal grills.

Wedding Ceremony Locations

The Temple of Love, the tempietto, modeled after the Temple of Love at Versailles, is located at the side of the pond. This area can accommodate up to 100 people.

The Top of the Hill is located on the Goddard Avenue and Newton Street side of the property near the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. It is the highest point of the park, with an exceptional view of Boston Skyline, and consists of a cement platform with semi-circular bench structure. This area can accommodate up to 150 people.

The Allee is located on Goddard Avenue and Newton Street side of the property, and is a double row of trees leading to a semicircular cement bench structure. This area can accommodate up to 50 people and is only reserved for ceremonies.

Skyline Shelter Season (April-October)

This 15-acre multi-generational community park was completed in the spring of 2008 and includes a regulation size synthetic turf soccer field, play areas, picnic areas, a picnic shelter without grills, walking paths, with parking and connections to the Lost Pond Nature Sanctuary. The park is located off Newton Street close to the Horace James Circle in South Brookline. The Picnic Shelter, a covered area, consists of three picnic tables, can accommodate groups of up to 35 people. 

Reservation Permits For Larz Anderson Park and Skyline Park

Permits for a bbq area, shelter, or a wedding ceremony may be issued either for the entire day or in a half day increment (10:00AM-2:30PM or 3:00PM-7:30PM). The fields are open to the public as first come first served basis unless a permit has been issued.
Reserve a Picnic Table at One of Brookline Parks (April - October)
Many parks in Brookline have a picnic area available for exclusive use. Picnic areas consist of one picnic table that can be reserved for small events accommodating up to 40 people. There is a 2 hour minimum when reserving a picnic area. Reservations are accepted for the following time increments: 10:00AM-12:00PM, 1:00PM-3:00PM, or 4:00PM-6:00PM. If you would like to reserve a picnic table for exclusive use, you can make the reservation online or call (617) 730-2069. If the event will consist of more than 40 people, a special event application must be submitted.

Caterer or Entertainer
If a caterer or entertainer will be hired by the renter, a Certificate of Liability for $1,000,000.00 with the Town of Brookline as the additional
insured must be submitted to the Recreation Department with the permit holder's name and permit date referenced. Caterers CANNOT bring their own grills to the park.

Reserve a Field at One of Brookline Parks (April - October)

A permit must be obtained from Brookline Recreation in order to use a playing field. Field permits can be reserved no more than two weeks in advance of the day you wish to use the field. Field use may be limited as the Brookline School Department, Recreation, and Brookline Youth Sports have first preference on all fields. Fields are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (617) 730-2069 to check availability before submitting a permit application. 

Liability/Insurance for User Groups

Liability insurance holding the Town of Brookline harmless is required for all long‐term reservations, special events and tournaments. User groups not affiliated with Brookline Recreation will be required to produce a Certificate of Liability for $1,000,000.00 with the Town of Brookline added as the additionally insured. The certificate must be submitted to the Recreation Department with the permit holder's name and permit date(s) referenced.

Refund Policy

Refunds will not be granted unless there is a medical emergency with a doctor's note. Refunds will not be granted for inclement weather. Rescheduling, changing of the date, time or location will not be honored. 

Park Maintenance

If you have any concerns regarding playground equipment or park maintenance, please call Brookline Park and Open Space at (617) 879-5650.