City of Lynn

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.

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


21st - Lynn Common
28th - McManus Park/Field

4th - Keaney Park
18th - Northern Strand Community Trail

All clean-ups will be from 9AM-11AM

Supplies for clean-ups are provided.
Volunteering for the clean-ups can be applied for community service hours.
No registration required.
To learn more, contact: Lisa Nerich

Details And Flyers On Our Community Calendar

Telephone Icon DPW Commissioner
Andrew Hall
(781) 268-8000 and (781) 477-7099
(781) 477-7074
250 Commercial Street Lynn, MA 01905
Telephone Icon DPW Associate Commissioner
Lisa Nerich
(781) 268-8000
(781) 477-7074
Telephone Icon Park Rangers Office
Summer Hours
Social Media
106 Pennybrook Road Lynn, MA 01905
(781) 477-7123
Monday through Friday 8 AM - 4 PM
Our Facebook Page
Email Icon The Best Way To Keep In Touch!

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:

New Item Our Parks List and Information Packet (PDF)
  2023 Summer Parks Info Packet and Registration Forms
  Visit Our List Of Parks and Plagrounds Webpage
  City of Lynn Parks List With Addresses and Amenities - 2022

Rules, Regulations and Permitting Process

Please refer to the City of Lynn Park Manual for Rules and Regulation on parks, facilities, ponds, community gardens and Lynn Woods.

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
2022 Lynn Parks Usage Manual
  Lynn Playgrounds Map


Parks Permitting and Applications

Permit applications are available from the Parks Department beginning the first week in January.  All requests must be in 30 days prior to your event date.

Contact Information:
April Peralta
Parks Head Clerk
(781) 268-8000 Ext.12
Lynn Parks and Recreation
Lynn Public Works Department
250 Commercial Street
Lynn MA 01905

All permits applications must be heard by the Board of Park Commissioners. The Board of Park Commissioners meets the first Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise posted.

The following seasonal starting and ending dates are approximate and depend upon weather and field conditions. The City will determine the start and end dates each season. Failure to adhere to these dates may result in loss of field permits.

Following is an approximate timetable for submission of playing field and related facility applications and issuance of permits.





Application Period

January 1st

April 1st

June 1st

Documentation and Fee Deadline

March 15th

June 15th

August 15th 

Please be aware that reservation requests for use will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

Please review the 2022 Lynn Parks Usage Manual in its entirety before requesting any field or facility.

Required items for Board of Park Commission Meeting: 
All requests must be in 30 days prior to your event date.

  • A letter of request with full details of event with date, Time Location, type of event and expected participants.
  • Signed Acknowledgement of Receipt of Policy Page 12 of Lynn Parks Department Manual (add Hyperlink to Manual)

Required items after approval from the Board of Park Commissioners:

  • 2021 Facilities Application (Coming Soon)
  • 2021 Check List (Coming Soon)
  • Visit our MYREC Request website for the exact dates and times for which you were approved for.

Lynn Ponds and Waterways

For Ponds and Water Ways please contact the Lynn Harbor Master

Lynn Pond Associations:

Sluice Pond Association Flax Pond Association Goldfish Pond Association

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.

Barkland Dog Park

The Barkland Ave Dog Park is located at 141 Parkland Avenue in Lynn.

Please visit the Barkland Dog Park webpage on the City of Lynn's website for more information.

Please clean up after your pets. 

Please know that most City Parks are “No Dogs Allowed”. Those that do allow, have a “Required Leash Law”.

Community Gardens in the City of Lynn

Community gardens are cultivated and maintained spaces where members grow fresh, healthy produce for themselves, their families, and hunger relief organizations. The City of Lynn encourages residents to establish, manage and maintain their own community garden sites on city-owned parks.

Are you interested in joining or starting a community garden? Below are instructions and steps to join an existing garden or start a new community garden in a Lynn park.

Thanks to RCAM for our community garden photo.

How do I join an existing garden?

  1. Read the Community Garden Manual
  2. Submit the Gardener Application - 2022

Applications are accepted year-round. Each garden is managed by one or more volunteer community garden coordinators who assign plots, help solve problems within the garden, and provide information and advice to those who want it. Gardeners are charged a nominal annual fee and asked to sign a letter of agreement recognizing the City’s rights and the gardener's responsibilities.

Where can I find a community garden?
Lynn has three community gardens located in city 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. Applications and fees to join Cook Street Park Community Garden should be mailed or submitted in person to Lynn Department of Public Works, attn: Cook Street Playground Community Garden, 250 Commercial St., Lynn MA 01905.
    Questions? Contact us by email.

  • Ames Playground Community Garden (33 garden beds): located at approximately 30 Strawberry Ave, Lynn MA 01904. Applications and fees to join Ames Community Garden should be mailed or submitted in person to Lynn Department of Public Works, attn: Ames Playground Community Garden, 250 Commercial St., Lynn MA 01905.
    Questions? Contact us by email.

  • Warren Park Community Garden (20 garden beds): located at approximately 57 Warren Street, Lynn MA 01905. Applications and fees to join Warren Park Community Garden should be mailed or submitted in person to Lynn Department of Public Works, attn: Warren Park Community Garden, 250 Commercial St., Lynn MA 01905.
    Questions? Contact us by email.

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

How do I start a new community garden?
All new community gardens on city park property require advanced planning and approval through the Park Commission. The forms and steps below can help you get started:

Who do I contact for assistance or more information? 

For questions related to Ames Playground Community Garden:

For questions related to Warren Park Community Garden:

General inquiries that are not related to specific gardens can be sent to

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

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Community Garden Manual
  Gardener Application - 2021
  New Garden Checklist
  New Garden Application Form

Gannon Golf Course

Located on the outskirts of the Lynn Woods Reservation, Gannon Municipal Golf Course is an 18-Hole Championship design by famed Donald Ross disciple Wayne Stiles. Gannon is owned by the City of Lynn, Park Commission Board and operated by Golf Facilities Management Inc.

Established in 1931, it has been providing the North Shore with outstanding conditions and a challenging yet fair layout for over 80 years. Gannon offers opportunities for every golf need: Seasonal Memberships, Daily Fee, Outings and League Play. The classic Tudor-style designed clubhouse is open to the public and has a function room to accommodate large events such as birthday’s, retirement parties and weddings.

I had a great morning seeing four weeks of hard work and practice by young learners pay off at the Gannon Golf clinic....

Posted by Mayor Jared Nicholson on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Please visit to book a Tee Time.

Also, visit the Gannon Golf Course webpage on the City of Lynn's website.

The Lynn Woods Reservation

The Lynn Woods Reservation was founded in 1881, is a 2,200 acre municipal forest park located in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Woods offers over 30 miles of scenic trails for hiking, running, horseback riding, mountain biking (not allowed during the winter), cross-country skiing, and nature walks.

Three active reservoirs provide pretty pond-like scenery among natural forestland, as well as clean water for the City of Lynn. Dungeon Rock is a well-loved underground tunnel with a history of pirate lore and treasure seekers.

The Rose Garden, Houghton Horticultural Garden, and Amphitheater areas provide more formal settings to explore.

Main entrances and parking available to Pennybrook Road and Great Woods Road.
Maps are available below.

Check out the Friends of Lynn Woods webpage

New Item Lynn Woods Manual
  2021 Usage Manual (Coming Soon)
  Lynn Woods Maps (Coming Soon)

Lynn Summer Special Needs Camp Activities and Forms

Special Needs Camp

Lynn Special Needs Camp Programs Run 5 Weeks during the summer months. This year Camp usually starts the first full week of July. Camp is staffed and open Monday through Friday - 9 AM to 3 PM.

Contact Information:
Lisa Nerich
250 Commercial Street Lynn, MA. 01905
(781) 268-8000 Ext. 17

PDF Icon Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
2023 Summer Parks Info Packet and Registration Forms
  2023 Special Needs Camp Employment Application
  2023 Special Needs Camp Camper Application
  Lynn Special Needs Camp Flyer

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

** All Programs Are Subject To Funding **

Youth Programs and Activities - FALL/WINTER 2023

Elementary School Cross Country Fall Series 2023
Sign Up Here For Any Of The Series Sept./Oct. Dates

Annual Massachusetts Elementary School Cross Country Championships
November 10th 2023 - Details and Sign Up Info Here!



Have fun with friends at the Back to School Teen Drop-In Center
Fecteau-Leary 33 North Common Street
Open to all Lynn Teens Ages 13-18
Friday Nights starting Sept. 8, 2023 - Nov. 3, 2023
6 PM until 9 PM



Beginning November 3rd 2023! -  Lynn Tech Field House
Attention Lynn Teens ages 13 - 18!
Sports * Music * Pizza

FRIDAYS - Nov. 3rd through Nov. 17th  
SATURDAYS - Dec. 2nd through Feb. 24th, 2024 - 6 until 9 PM

Dates subject to change due to school scheduled sporting events or inclement weather. For more information, please contact: Lisa Nerich at 781-268-8000

Sponsored by:
Mayor Jared Nicholson
Lynn Parks & Recreation
Lynn Police Department
Shannon Grant
Lynn Community Development

Online Registration and Signups
Visit Our Registration webpage for all currrent Park Programs and Signups

2023 Summer Parks Info and Forms
Download Our 2023 Summer Parks Info Packet and Registration Forms

Current Activities, Programs, Sports and Event Postings
All Our 2023 Spring and Summer Event Flyers Are Here!

Nutrition Bites
Nutrition Bites is a weekly newsletter that highlights helpful information on staying safe, an easy and healthy recipe to try with your family, physical activity ideas, and food resources in your area. We know you are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during this pandemic. Our goal is to work together to provide
information to help our community maintain the safety of us all.

Visit The Nutrition Bites website for more!

Summer Parks 2023

2023 Lynn Parks & Recreation - Park Open Monday, July 10th, 2023

The following parks will be supervised:
Monday through Thursday 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Fridays 9:00AM-2:00PM
From July 10th through August 11th

The City of Lynn will provide Park Instructors to the parks listed below. The Parks
Program is available for children 6 years or older. No child is required to remain at
the park. We do not provide INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION or DAYCARE. On
Rainy days the parks will be closed.

-Flax Pond Playground Chestnut St (Between Pond & Carter Rd)
-Gallagher Playground Ontario St.-Linwood St.-Hurd St.
-Gowdy Park Cedarbrook Rd. (Between Tusan Rd & Maple Ivy)
-Cook Street Playground Middle of Cook Street
-LynnWoods Playground Great Falls Rd. at End (Off Lynnfield St.)
-Neptune Boulevard Playground Next to Lynn Tech (Off of Neptune)
-Williams Ave Playground Middle of Williams Ave (Next to Dana St.)
-Linear Park Community Path of Lynn (Between Cottage and Spencer St.)
All Programs are available – pending funding.

2023 Summer Parks Info and Forms
Download Our 2023 Summer Parks Info Packet and Registration Forms

Telephone Icon Park Rangers Office
Summer Hours
Social Media
106 Pennybrook Road Lynn, MA 01905
(781) 477-7123
Monday through Friday 8 AM - 4 PM
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