Plan an Event

Greenway Event Proposal Guidelines        

The Greenway Conservancy works with a variety of partners and organizations to host over 400 events annually! Please review our guidelines below and feel free to email us with any questions you may have at:

Steps to Plan an Event on The Greenway

1. Fully review our Park Use Guidelines, which cover park rules, fees, and event information. 

2.  To apply for an event, please complete the Conservancy’s Greenway Event Planning Form at least 60 days prior to the proposed event date by clicking here. Application forms submitted less than 30 days prior to an event may be charged a late fee of $50. This form gathers information such as event size, audience and infrastructure plans and is required of all event organizers.
Things to keep in mind: 

  • The Conservancy looks for events and programs that are free and open to the public and underscore our commitment as a public park. 
  • We host a VERY limited number of private events, and generally are not able to accommodate proposals for fundraisers or closed events. 
  • During certain holiday weekends, we strongly discourage additional events or programs.

3. Once we have your form, the Conservancy will review requests and may require a site visit or additional information. The Conservancy strives to respond to event applications within 10 business days of receiving the application. 

4. If the event is approved, the Conservancy will work with the event organizer on additional event details. We will send an Event Agreement, which will include information on the park usage fee for your event (if required) and on insurance (generally $1M+ general liability coverage).

For most events, the Boston Parks and Recreation permit and possibly additional City permits are needed. Please note that while Conservancy staff may be able to provide direction on permitting, permits must be obtained by event organizers.  Boston Parks and Recreation generally takes 30-60 days to review Permit Applications and issue their Special Event Park Permit. 

Application Fee

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