Welcome To The Lynn Parks & Recreation Department

Lynn Parks and Recreation Department is a division of the Lynn Department of Public Works and provides year-round recreational programs including sports clinics, park programs, recreational activities and entertainment outings that meet the needs of all Lynn residents from youths to seniors.

Recreation is an essential service to the community through which we strive to enhance the quality of life of Lynn residents by offering various activities provided though the city. Click on any topic at the left to view details and information.

For more information visit our Parks and Playgrounds and Ponds webpages.

Looking for fun things to do, visit our Activities, Events and Programs webpage!

Lynn Parks & Recreation is a Division of the Lynn Department of Public Works.

List DPW Commissioner
Andrew Hall
(781) 268-8000 and (781) 477-7099
(781) 477-7074
250 Commercial Street Lynn, MA 01905
List DPW Associate Commissioner
Lisa Nerich
(781) 268-8000
(781) 477-7074
List Park Rangers Office
Summer Hours
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106 Pennybrook Road | Lynn, MA 01905
(781) 477-7123
Monday through Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM
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Dear Parents/Guardians: The best way to keep in contact with the Parks Program this summer will be through email.

We will email every parent in the event of a rain cancellation or if important information needs to be shared. Your email will remain confidential with the Lynn Parks and Recreation supervisors. Download Our Email Form.

Please feel free to call or email us with any questions or concerns.
Our Phone: (781) 477-7123
Our Email:

About Our Park Programs

The Lynn Parks Department Recreation Program has been in operation for 75 years. It is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works. We service children and adults throughout the year. The goal of the recreation program is to make available a general recreation program to every child and adult in the City of Lynn.

Our program is centered in only 10 neighborhood parks and playgrounds instead of the 20 more neighborhood parks and playgrounds throughout the city due to funding. The Lynn Parks Department brings these types of summer activities into each neighborhood in the city each day that our program is in operation. At the present time the program runs for five weeks during the months of July and August.

Our program is available to children of all social and economic circumstances. The program consists of athletic teams, clinics and leagues in softball, swim program, ski program, basketball, baseball, kickball, tennis, dodge ball, bowling league, and flag football. We also have arts and crafts, miniature golf trips, bowling trips, roller skating trips, movie night, dances, bike safety day, physical fitness day, cake decorating and sand castle contests, and much more for the younger, less athletic children. All programs are subject to funding.

Summer Programs Dates and Times
Summer Program Parks, Clinics and Leagues
5-Week Program Monday through Friday
Monday - Thursday | 9 AM to 3 PM
Friday | 9 AM to 2:30 PM
See the Activities tab for program dates
Special Needs Camp Summer Program Special Needs Camp
5-Week Program Monday through Friday
Monday - Thursday | 9 AM to 3 PM
Friday | 9 AM to 2:30 PM
See the Activities tab for program dates
Ongoing Progams  
Afterschool Program Bowling League
Tuesdays and Fridays
October through February
3 PM to 5 PM
Winter Program Baseball/Softball/Swim
4-Week Program every Sunday
8 AM to 3 PM
Winter Ski Program Sking and Snow Boarding
6-Week Program every Friday Evening
January through February
5 PM to 10 PM
Fall/Spring Program Tennis
5-Week Program every Saturday
September through October
May through June
9 AM to 1 PM

City of Lynn 2018 Supervised Parks and Field Trips
Parks Open Wednesday, July 9, 2018 and Close Friday, August 10th

The parks listed below on this page will be supervised from July 9th through August 10th. Monday through Thursday 9 AM - 3 PM and Friday’s 9 AM - 2:30PM

The City of Lynn will provide Park Instructors to the parks listed below. The instructors will provide the following activities during our 5 Week Program: Field Trips, Special Events, Wiffleball Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports Activities, Entertainment, and Fun for all ages. Lunch will be provided during park hours. The Parks Program is available for children 6 years or older. No child is required to remain at the park.


On Rainy Days the Parks will be closed!

GALLAGHER PLAYGROUND | Ontario - Linwood - Hurd Streets
HOOD PARK | Holyoke Street (Next to Classical High School)
KILEY PLAYGROUND | At the end of Sanderson Ave. (OFF OF CHATHAM ST.)

Lunch will be provided during park hours.
All programs are available - pending funding.

2018 Park Assignments

Clark Park: Devin Curley and Emily McBride
Flax Park: Jack Gallant and Meghan Shinnick
Gallagher: Michael Leavitt and Jenna Foley
Gowdy: Herbert Newton and Paige Barnard 
Hood: Chauncey Williams Jr. and Chenysse Hill
Keaney: Zackary Leite and Tommi Hill
Lynn Woods: Andrew Belliveau and Erin Galloway
Magnolia: Matthew Tansey and Emily Bucklin
Marian Gardens: Mark Manfra and Isis Serrano

New Item 2018 Parks and Recreation Package (PDF) | Updated June 2018

Download Our 2018 Complete Parks Information Package

This 2018 Parks and Recreation package includes:
- How to Contact Us and Stay In Touch
- Which Parkes Are Open This Year
- Our Park Activities Calendar
- Registration and Emergency Forms
- Field Trip Information and Registration Form
- Arts and Crafts List

Supported by the The Lynn Parks and Recreation
(A Division of the Department of Public Works) Mayor Thomas M. McGee,
For further information please call Lisa Nerich (781) 477-7096

Park Field Trips and Arts and Crafts Activities | To Be Updated For 2018

Remaining Field Trips Scheduled For 2018

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM | Tuesday, July 31 (Rain or Shine)
9 AM - 3 PM
Cost: $26

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO | Monday, August 6 (Shine Only)
9 AM - 3 PM
Cost: $25

YEAR END COOKOUT | Wednesday, August 8
9 AM - 3 PM
Will Be Held At Gallagher Park In Case Of Rain
Cost: Free

All Field Trip costs include admission and transportation to and from the events. The Lynn Parks & Recreation can only accept Money Orders or Cash. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED. Please download and fill out the forms below to register for any Field Trip.

Please note: You must fill out the registration forms for your child to be able to attend any of the Field Trips.

Remaining Arts and Crafts Scheduled For 2018

Making jellyfish by cutting and coloring brown paper bags and glueing wiggly eyes

A coloring contest will be held at every park using markers and construction paper, the person with the best picture will win a small prize (according to the counselors)

Use clothespins, pipe cleaners, and wiggly eyes to create a fancy snack bag clip

New Item 2018 Parks Information Packet (PDF)
  Please download and fill out the 2018 Parks Registration Packet

Supported by the The Lynn Parks and Recreation
(A Division of the Department of Public Works) Mayor Thomas M. McGee,
For further information please call Lisa Nerich (781) 477-7096

City Parks and Playgrounds Complete List

Ames Playground Boston Street (between Congress and Franklin Street)
Barry Park Boston Street (between Laurel and Cottage Street)
Bennett Street Playground End of Bennett St. (corner Elmwood Ave.)
Breed Park (includes Bowser Field/ O’Callaghan Way at Breed Jr. High Rogato Field/Clancy Field) Tennis & Basketball Courts
Briarcliff Lodge Boat Ramp 112 Kernwood Dr. at Lynnfield Street
Camp Kiwanis Pennybrook Rd. at end (off Walnut Street)
Clark Street Playground Clark Street at end (off Eastern Ave.) (includes Bradley Campus Field)
Cook Street Playground Cook Street (between Allen and Rockaway Street)
Filene Playground Western Ave. (between Mall & Park Street)
Flax Pond Playground Chestnut Street (between Pond and Carter Rd.) Tennis & Basketball Courts
Floating Bridge Park Western and Eastern Ave.
Fraser Field Western Avenue (between Maple and Washington Street) (includes Prunier Field at Locust St. end)
Frey Playground Walnut Street (between Dungeon Ave. and Oak St.) Tennis & Basketball Courts
Gallagher Playground Tennis and Basketball Courts
Ontario Street - Linwood Street - Hurd Street
G.E.A.A. Field Summer Street Tennis Courts (between Linden and Ashland Street)
Goldfish Pond Park Lafayette Park (corner of Stephen Street)
Gowdy Park Cedarbrook Rd.(between Tuscan Rd. and Maple Valley Rd) Tennis & Basketball Courts
Harbor Landing Blosson Street (off of Lynnway)
Henry Avenue Playground Henry Avenue (at end)
High Rock Park High Rock Street (off Lawton Ave.)
Hood Park Holyoke Street Basketball Courts (between Winnepurkit & Rollins Ave.)
Keaney Park Memorial Park Avenue (behind English High School)
Kiley Playground Sanderson Ave. at end (off Chatham Street) Tennis Courts
Lynn Commons North & South Common Street (Franklin to South Street)
Lynn Woods Playground Great Falls Road at end (Lynnfield Street)
Magnolia Avenue Playground Magnolia Ave. (off Broadway)
Neptune Blvd. Park Neptune Blvd. & Commercial Street
Northern Avenue Playground Northern Ave. at end (off North Franklin Street
River Street Playground River St. at end (off of Western Ave. and Cooper Street)
Sagamore Street Playground Sagamore St. (off Lynnway between Washington St.- Newhall Street)
Sheridan Street Playground Sheridan Street (off Essex Street)
Smith Street Playground Smith Street at end (between Green and School Street)
Warren Street Playground Warren Street (between Commercial St and Huss Ct) Basketball Courts
Williams Avenue Playground Williams Ave. (between Chatham St & Empire Street)

Parks, Ponds and Playground Usage/Guidelines

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  2010 Lynn Parks Usage and Parks Guide
  Lynn Playgrounds Map

City Ordinance Regarding Flax and Sluice Pond Use:


Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Lynn and by the authority of the same as follows, to wit:-

SECTION 1 - No person shall operate any motorboat  or vessel as those terms are defined in General Laws, Chapter  90B,  Section 1 on Flax  or Sluice Ponds so as to violate General Laws, Chapter 90B, Section 8.

SECTION 2 - No person shall operate any personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, surf jet, or wet bike on any pond in the City of Lynn of less than seventy-five acres.

SECTION 3 - For purposes of this ordinance a personal watercraft means a small vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by persons sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel. The term ..includes but: is not limited to a jet ski, wet bike or surf jet, so called.

SECTION 4 - Whoever violates this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars for each offense.

SECTION 5 - The provisions of this ordinance shall be enforced by harbor masters and assistant harbor masters and by police officers of the City of Lynn.

SECTION 6 - All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

SECTION 7 - As provided in General Lews, Chapter 90B, Section 15, this ordinance. must be approved  by the Director of The Division of Motorboats of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Once such approval is received, this ordinance will be published in a newspaper of general distribution in the City of Lynn to be effective five (5) days thereafter.

Lynn Special Needs Camp Activities and Forms

Special Needs Camp

Lynn Special Needs Camp Programs Run 5 Weeks during the summer months of July and August. Camp is staffed and open Monday through Friday | 9 AM to 3 PM.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  2018 Special Needs Camp Camper Application
  2018 Special Needs Camp Employment Application
  Lynn Special Needs Camp Flyer

Supported by the The Lynn Parks and Recreation
(A Division of the Department of Public Works) Mayor Thomas M. McGee,
For further information please call Lisa Nerich (781) 477-7096

** All Programs Are Subject To Funding **

The Lynn Woods Reservation

The City of Lynn’s Department of Public Works, Park Commission, and Lynn Water and Sewer Commission share jurisdiction and management of the Reservation. The Park encompasses nearly one-fifth of the entire land area of the City and represents a significant natural, watershed, and public recreational resource in eastern Massachusetts. Visit the Lynn Woods webpage for more!

New Item Lynn Woods
  Click here for the Lynn Woods webpage

Community Gardens

Are you interested in starting a community garden? Interested in joining one that already exists?

Thanks to RCAM for our community garden photo.

In Spring 2015, the Park Commission approved processes for applying to start or join community gardens on City park lands. As a result, Lynn encourages residents to establish, manage, and maintain their own community garden sites on City-owned parks. Below are instructions and steps to create a new community garden or join an existing garden in a Lynn park.

Community gardens are cultivated and maintained spaces where volunteers work collectively to achieve a common goal of growing fresh, healthy produce in our city. Currently the City has a growing network of community gardens, run by various community and City groups.

Where are the community gardens located?
As of fall 2018, Lynn has three community gardens located in City-owned parks. Any resident of Lynn may apply to join one of these three gardens:

  • Cook Street Park Community Garden (54 garden beds): located at approximately 58 Cook Street, Lynn MA 01902.
  • Ames Playground Community Garden (33 garden beds): located at approximately 30 Strawberry Ave, Lynn MA 01904.
  • Warren Park Community Garden (10 garden beds): located at approximately 57 Warren Street, Lynn MA 01905.

Click here for a full map of Lynn’s community garden network, which extends beyond the three gardens listed above.

How do I join an existing garden?

  1. Read the LCG Manual 2019
  2. Submit the LCG Gardener Intake Form 2019

All application materials to join an existing garden are available at the bottom of this page as PDF downloads. Each garden is managed by one or more volunteer Garden Coordinators. Coordinators assign plots, help gardeners get seeds and compost, and provide information and advice to those who want it. Garden plots at Ames and Warren are available through a lottery each spring, with any remaining plots assigned on a rolling basis after that. Garden plots at Cook Street are managed by The Highlands Coalition and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Gardeners are charged a nominal fee of no less than $25 per year and asked to sign a letter of agreement recognizing the City’s rights and the gardener's responsibilities.

How do I start a new community garden?
All new community gardens in City-owned parks require advanced planning and approval through the Park Commission. Linked here, you will find the steps you need to take, and the required forms you need to fill out, to complete this process. Contact Mary Gatlin, Community Garden Network Coordinator, for more information.

The following are the related forms required in the application. PDF downloads are available at the bottom of this page.

Who do I contact for assistance or more information?
For more support with the application process or full information on existing gardens, and who to contact to be involved, please visit the website of the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, or contact Mary Gatlin, Community Garden Network Coordinator with Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, (781) 691-5246.

For inquiries about existing garden site operations and maintenance, please contact Lisa Nerich, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Works.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
All Documents in English and Espanol
  LCG Manual 2019
  LCG Gardener Intake Form 2019
  LCG Gardner Renewal Form 2019 (For Returning gardners only)
  LCG New Garden Checklist
  LCG New Garden Application Form

Events and Activities

Lynn Parks & Recreation is proud to offer a variety of programs for young and old alike for the upcoming Fall and Winter season. Don't forget to visit our Musicals and Shows webpage for upcoming trips to Boston's theater's!

New Item Our Events and Activities Webpage
  Click here for our Events and Activities webpage

Youth Summer Jobs | Summer 2018
Registration Deadline |
Friday May 4, 2018 | Forms Available Below

The Lynn Summer Parks Programs Run 5 Weeks | July 9th - August10th
Monday through Friday | 9 AM to 3 PM

1. Lynn Parks and Recreation Positions Available:
Counselor $11 Per Hour | Supervisor $13 Per Hr.| Clinic Instructor $11 Per Hour
** Applicants Must Be 17 to 21 Years Old To Apply **

2. Lynn Special Needs Camp Positions Available:
Counselor $11 Per Hour
** Applicants Must Be 16 – 21 Years Old To Apply **

Applications will be available at the Lynn City Hall Personnel Department in Room 412, at the Lynn DPW Administrative Office, 250 Commercial Street or downloading the forms below.

All Applications Must Be Returned To Lynn City Hall, Personnel Department (Room 412) by Friday, May 4th, 2018

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  2018 Summer Employment Application
  2018 Summer Camper Application
  2015 SORI Form

Supported by the The Lynn Parks and Recreation
(A Division of the Department of Public Works) Mayor Thomas M. McGee
For further information please call Lisa Nerich (781) 477-7096

** All Programs Are Subject To Funding. **

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