Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

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The Framingham Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department creates recreation opportunities, preserves open space, manages public athletic fields and parks; and administers recreation programs and facilities for Framingham's residents and visitors to our community.

Recreational Programming


We provide over 300 formal programs geared towards Framingham's diverse community. 
Services are provided through a combination of user fees and public tax dollars. Last year, we had just over 25,000 users in our formal programming. 

All of our programs are available to Framingham residents. Non-residents may apply for certain programs for an additional fee. To obtain information about a program or to register, visit FraminghamRec.com. Please feel free to visit our office located at the Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex at 475 Union Avenue.


Parks, Athletic Fields & Recreation Facilities



  • 62 athletic fields for a variety of sports. Fields are available for group use by permit only. 
  • 3 public beaches
  • 20 tennis courts
  • Several passive recreation areas 
The department has hosted over 14,000 events at their facilites this past year.

Parks & Recreation Commission

Policies for all recreation programming and facilities are determined by the Framingham Parks and Recreation Commission, which consists of a 5-member board appointed by the Board of Selectmen. 

Current Board Members are:

  • Joan Rastani, Chair (2018)
  • Joe Kaufman (2018)
  • Kathleen F. Hauck (2019)
  • Philip Reitz, (2017)
  • David Gudejko (2017)

Park Facilities & Information