617-635-4505 for City of Boston; 617-442-4141 for Franklin Park Coalition
This 527-acre park is among the largest open spaces in Boston. It is part of the Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks. The park has miles of walking paths, a cross country course, tennis courts, baseball fields and, oddly, stone ruins. It is also home to an 18-hole public golf course and the Franklin Park Zoo. Here is an interactive map of the park's many features.
For public transportation: From the Orange line exit at Green Street or Forest Hills stations or take the 16 bus, which goes through the center of the park.
- Hours: Daily, dusk - dawn, generally
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- Founding Date: June 1, 1883
- Parking: Free lot, On-street: free
- Private events: Yes
- Are there any interesting facts about this location?: Franklin Park is named for Ben Franklin, who had given Boston money to set aside for 100 years, with orders to do something good with the proceeds. Franklin's litigious heirs scotched that plan, but the park still bears his name.
- Features: Athletic fields, Benches, Picnic tables, Public art
- Services: Ranger, Restrooms
- Area: 527 acres
- Public/Private: Public
- Number of courses: 1
- Aggregate number of holes: 18
- Services: Parties/banquets