- The mission of the Parks and Open Space Division is to develop a safe, accessible, well maintained network of parks and open space for both passive and active recreation that preserves the historic integrity and cultural significance of Brookline's landscape for the use, benefit and enjoyment of our visitors and residents. We invite you to explore our website and visit your parks and open spaces!
Larz Anderson Park
Larz Anderson Park has the distinction of being not only the largest park in Brookline at over 60 acres, but also one of the most historic landscapes. The site is the former estate of Larz Anderson and his wife Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson, an elite social couple of the early 20th century, and it is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Larz Anderson Park is the flagship park of the Town and is free and open to the public year round, and visitors of all ages enjoy it for both active and passive recreation. Highlights and park features include walking paths, athletic fields, play equipment, picnic areas and a picnic shelter with grills, an open air ice skating rink, restrooms, parking, community gardens, as well as a privately run auto museum. The landscape consists of rolling hills, lawn, meadow, woodlands, significant trees and a lagoon with an attractive seasonal fountain that also serves to aerate the lagoon. Visitors to the park can enjoy gorgeous views of the Boston skyline from the Top of the Hill area of the park, and over the course of the year, people can be found flying kites, sunbathing, walking dogs and sledding on the sweeping slopes below. Tucked into the landscape are many architecturally significant buildings and structures, including temples, bridges, pergolas, gazebos, sculptures and other art, retaining walls and fences. Click here for more information and directions.