In 1892, visionary landscape artist Charles Eliot proposed
regional parks commission be created to acquire national and scenic areas
for the use of the people of the Metropolitan Boston region.
Today the Park Division carries on that
legacy, preserving, maintaining, and interpreting a total of 14,700 acres
in 10 reservations around Greater Boston, a portion of the Boston Harbor
Islands State Park, and additional sites including parkways, rivers,
streams, beaches and playgrounds.
Most offer year round respite from the city world as well as recreational
activities that include hiking, bicycling, skiing, swimming,
picnicking, and simple enjoyment of nature. There is
also seasonal opportunity for skating, swimming and outdoor sports at many of these
facilities, all of which add inestimably to the region's quality of life.|