Suburban Parks – Item 1 of 4

Boston (Mass.) Park Department, Map of Boston and of a Part of its Suburbs, Showing Public Recreation Grounds, Burial Grounds and Certain Other Public Properties Generally Free From Buildings, 1886.

Published during the height of the growth of green spaces throughout the city, this map shows the numerous areas where citizens could receive respite from the crowded city streets.  Fully developed public recreation grounds were shown, as well as lands intended for future use as park spaces.In addition to parks, numerous cemeteries were also included.  Before the establishment of Boston’s park system, garden cemeteries such as Mount Hope in Mattapan served as sites of outdoor recreation for the local residents, and became an impetus for the development of municipal parks.