best parks in brookline

Brookline’s Best Parks

The sun is starting to make an appearance, the days are getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the school year is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to hit the parks.

Brookline has an extensive network of parks and open space ranging from small playgrounds to large historic landscapes, and best of all the community is incredibly walkable. You are sure to find a park within walking distance, regardless of where you live.

Here are some of the best parks that Brookline has to offer.

Larz Anderson ParkLarz Anderson Park

Where: 15 Newton Street

Come for a leisurely stroll, or a picnic lunch, and don’t forget to bring your kite!

The abundant shade, impeccable groundskeeping and the view of the Boston Skyline make this park absolutely breathtaking. When the winter comes, the outdoor rink is a wonderful activity and the hills are second-to-none for sledding.


Olmsted ParkOlmsted Park

Where: 217 Jamaicaway

Established in 1891, Olmsted park was originally named Leverett Park. In 1900 the park’s name was changed to honor it’s designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. The park is part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of connected parks and parkways.

Olmsted Park is a great spot for runners and cyclists but also ideal for watching aquatic wildlife due to the 3 picturesque ponds including Ward’s, Willow and Leverett Ponds.

Starting in July, the park also offers “Summer Sundays In The Park” where you can attend weekly Live concerts.


Corey Hill Outlook ParkCorey Hill Outlook Park

Where: Summit Ave

The most significant attribute of this park is its high hilltop location and striking view of the city. Many flock to this spot to watch the fourth of July fireworks.

The playground in the southern section, makes this a great option for families, and don’t forget to check out the sundial on the northern side of the park.



Riverway Park


Where: Between Boylston and St. Mary’s Streets

The Riverway is another bucolic setting in the Emerald Necklace designed by Olmsted.

The intention was for the park to appear as a natural landscape, and not man made.

With its more than 100,000 plantings, Olmsted did not disappoint.

Meandering trails and bridges follow the Muddy River. You will also find the historic Bridle Path, once used by equestrians, as well as a beautiful stone gazebo at the Chapel Street Bridge.


Brookline Reservoir ParkBrookline Reservoir Park

Where: Boylston Street

The Brookline Reservoir is a body of water approximately 1 mile in circumference surrounded by a track, making this a great place for walkers or joggers. ​The reservoir is flanked all around by beautiful cherry blossom trees which are in full bloom in Spring.

Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife stock the reservoir with fish, so don’t forget to bring your fishing pole.


Griggs ParkGriggs Park

Where: 33 Griggs Road

Griggs Oark is perfect for parents, dog walkers and joggers alike, and is just a stone’s throw from the T.

Let the kids burn off some energy on the playground while you throw the ball with your dog. Then find a picnic table for a nice quiet lunch while enjoying the scenery of the surrounding willow trees.

Griggs Park is part of Brookline’s Green Dogs Program, which means your furry friend can spend some time off leash exploring.


Winthrop Square park brooklineWinthrop Square (Minot Playground and Rosegarden)

Where: St. Paul & Freeman Street

Winthrop Square may just be a little slice of Heaven on Earth with its gorgeous rose garden entrance and sprawling lawns and ample shade.

This spot, just North of Coolidge Corner, is perfect for kids with its open green space and playground areas.

The playground has equipment suitable for both toddlers and older grade school children alike, and the sprinkler area makes this an ideal spot to cool off on a hot summer day.


What is your favorite park in Brookline? I’d love to hear from you.


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