The parks are open from 7AM to 11PM every day. Pedestrians, however, may walk through the parks at any time.
The Greenway is located in the heart of downtown Boston, so getting here by public transportation is easy. Check out our directions page to see what’s best for you.
North Station, South Station, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace offer public restrooms. Neighboring hotels and restaurants offer public restrooms as well. This Greenway map shows nearby restrooms.
The Greenway hosts distinctive food vendors in the parks, and a seasonal farmers market in Dewey Square Park. Read about the great options found on the Greenway.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk the entire length of the Greenway. However, with so many great sites and views, food vendors, and activities scattered throughout, we encourage you to take your time!
Yes, the Greenway is fully wheelchair accessible. The Greenway Carousel is wheelchair accessible as well.
The fountains operate from approximately mid-May to mid-October from 9AM to 11PM.
We offer a number of Horticulture Tours each year, visit our tours page for details and to sign up.
Our What’s in Bloom blog features up-to-date information about what’s growing on the Greenway.
Yes! Thanks to a partnership with the City of Boston, the Greenway now is now one of the largest free public Wi-Fi hotspots in Massachusetts. Check out our Wi-Fi section on how to connect, troubleshooting tips, and acceptable use.
While there are no designated dog parks on the Greenway due to space limitations, feel free to bring your dog to the Greenway, but please keep him/her on a leash and clean up after him/her. We work hard to keep the parks clean and healthy for the number of children who play in the grass.
For the safety and enjoyment of all Greenway visitors, biking is not permitted in the parks, partly because the paths and plazas are crowded. Please lock up (or walk) your bike. You can find several bike racks on the Greenway; refer to our bike rack map to find the bike rack most convenient for you.
For the safety of others we do not allow grilling. However, if you find yourself hungry on the Greenway, there is great food on and near the Greenway. (Greenway vendor Silk Road BBQ even grills over charcoal!)
Greenway park rules and regulations are enforced by Conservancy staff and the Boston Police Department.
Organizations and individuals wishing to hold a public event on the Greenway are welcome to apply for a park permit through an application process with the Conservancy and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Please visit our Submit an Event Proposal page to find out specific information.
If you're bringing a large group to the Greenway to visit, you do not need to make arrangements, however, if you are planning an event you will need to contact the Events Department of the Conservancy first.
Currently, weddings and other private events are not permitted on the Greenway; however the parks offer a beautiful and unique opportunity to take wedding photos. See "Can I use the Greenway for a film shoot?" (below) for more information.
Groups wishing to use the Greenway for a commercial film shoot (still, or motion) must apply for a park permit through an application process with the Conservancy and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Please visit our Submit an Event Proposal page to find out specific information.
Our Mothers’ Walk page has information on purchasing a paver.
Use our Locate a Paver tool to find a specific paver on the Greenway.
Four landscape design firms selected the original planting plan for the parks. The Conservancy's horticulture staff is now working with the plantings that were installed to determine which plants are adapting well to Greenway conditions, and offer four seasons of interest and color. The Horticulture staff makes careful decisions when selecting the plants for the Greenway. Based on climate and growing conditions, the Horticulture staff works hard to bring out the best in the Greenway.
Using organic landscape maintenance practices, the Conservancy horticulture staff works to ensure that the plants on the Greenway grow healthy and beautiful. The Conservancy is dedicated to operating and maintaining the Greenway parks in an environmentally responsible manner. Responsible land stewardship is central to our mission. Learn more on our Horticulture page, or follow our blog.
The Greenway design includes significant ‘hardscape’ because it was designed to accommodate large civic gatherings. Additionally, since it is positioned directly above the Interstate 93 tunnel, there are some areas that are too shallow to allow for trees or other greenery. Also, the trees and plants are still in their early growth phases and as they mature there will be a much stronger sense of green within the parks; the tree canopy in particular will expand significantly over time.
The Greenway connects people and the city by providing beauty, fun, and a sense of community in Boston. The Greenway sits above Interstate 93, the major artery built underground during the Big Dig. To learn more about the history of the Big Dig and the Greenway, check out the Masschusetts Department of Transportation's Big Dig section of their website.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation owns the land and operates the highway beneath the Greenway. On August 11, 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation giving the Greenway Conservancy responsibility to maintain, program, improve, and manage the Greenway. The Conservancy has a lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
When the Conservancy was first established, it was charged with the responsibility to raise $20 million in endowment and other funds by the end of 2007. The Conservancy met that goal, as certified by external auditors accepted by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. The Conservancy continues to raise money to support daily and seasonal park maintenance, special events and performances, and educational programs for students, families, and life-long learners.
The Kennedy family helped in the initial stages of fundraising, and they continue to be supporters.
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For employment opportunities at the Greenway, please check periodically for employment updates on our Jobs page.
The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Greenway. We are delivering on the promise of a beautiful, vibrant, innovative city park. The Conservancy raises private and public funds to support the parks, aspiring to excellence in design, operations, and public programming.
Please contact us at 617.292.0020 for all media inquiries.
Individuals wishing to obtain photos of the Greenway should submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org listing the type of photo (e.g.: specific park, park feature, horticulture, event) and the general use (e.g.: advertisement, research).
If you lost something on the Greenway, please contact our office (185 Kneeland Street, Boston MA 02111; M-F 9AM-5PM) with a specific description and any other identifying information of the item you lost. We will try to contact individuals if the lost item contains some means of identification (wallet, license, cell phone, etc.); if contact cannot be made by the Conservancy within two days, these items will be turned over to the Boston Police Area 1 office. For space reasons, unclaimed items with no means of identification will be donated to a local charity after two weeks. Please first call (617-292-0020) or e-mail us to confirm whether the item was found.