Once again a new year is upon us and therefore it is time to start planning for this year’s activities! If your organization plans to use a public field or facility, here’s what you need to know to apply for your permit. Act fast as some deadlines are immediate!
Boston Permits & Applications
Deadlines: Application deadlines are February 1st for athletics, March 1st for special events, and 15 business days prior to the event for street blocking permits.
List of Fields and Facilities: Need help finding a field or facility to meet your needs? Use the Heart of the City – City Open Space Plan.
How to apply: Applications can be downloaded or requested by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to BPRD Permitting Unit, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02118-2600 or by calling the Permitting Unit directly at (617) 961-3050.
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Deadlines: Seasonal reservations for spring/summer (April – August) will be accepted between December 1st and March 1st. Reservations for fall (late August – November) will be accepted between March 1st and June 1st. Applications received after the ending date above will be accommodated on a first-come first-served basis for remaining space in field schedules. For single, daily-use reservations, requests will be received after March 1st for spring/summer dates, and after June 1st, for fall dates.
List of Fields and Facilities: DCR fields and facilities can be found here.
How to apply: Complete an Athletic Field Scheduling Request Form. Applications should be made a minimum of twenty (20) business days prior to the desired date of use. Please note that the Teddy Ebersol Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park have their own field specific use policy including that youth sports organizations shall have priority between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm on weekdays, between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays, and between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sundays. Click here for more information about Teddy Ebersol Field use policies.
Also, Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) supports children, youth and families through a wide range of programs and services. As such, BCYF oversees dozens of Community Centers, each with their own processes for reserving space for community use. Visit BCYF’s Facilities page for a list of Community Centers and their corresponding contact information.