Rules, Regulations, Permits

Parks & Green Spaces


The City of Lynn Parks Manual provides an overview of the rules and regulations on parks, facilities, ponds, community gardens and Lynn Woods.


Park Permitting & Applications

Permit applications are available from the Parks Department beginning the first week in January. All requests must be in 30 days prior to your event date.

All permits applications must be heard by the Board of Park Commissioners. The Board of Park Commissioners meets the first Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise posted.

The following seasonal starting and ending dates are approximate and depend upon weather and field conditions. The City will determine the start and end dates each season. Failure to adhere to these dates may result in loss of field permits.

The following is an approximate timetable for submission of playing field and related facility applications and issuance of permits.

Season Spring Summer Fall
Application Period January 1st April 1st June 1st
Documentation and Fee Deadline March 15th June 15th August 15th

Please be aware that reservation requests for use will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. 

Parks Commission Meeting:
All requests to utilize a park must be in 30 days prior to your event date.

Residents must provide a letter of request with full details of event with date, time location, type of event, and expected participants.

  • Signed Acknowledgement of Receipt of Policy (Page 12 of Parks Manual)

Required items after approval from the Board of Park Commissioners:

Ponds & Waterways

For Ponds and Water Ways please contact the Lynn Harbor Master

Lynn Pond Associations:

Sluice Pond Association Flax Pond Association Goldfish Pond Association
City Ordinance Regarding Flax and Sluice Pond Use:


Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Lynn and by the authority of the same as follows, to wit:-

SECTION 1 - No person shall operate any motorboat or vessel as those terms are defined in General Laws, Chapter 90B, Section 1 on Flax or Sluice Ponds so as to violate General Laws, Chapter 90B, Section 8.

SECTION 2 - No person shall operate any personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, surf jet, or wet bike on any pond in the City of Lynn of less than seventy-five acres.

SECTION 3 - For purposes of this ordinance a personal watercraft means a small vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by persons sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel. The term ..includes but: is not limited to a jet ski, wet bike or surf jet, so called.

SECTION 4 - Whoever violates this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars for each offense.

SECTION 5 - The provisions of this ordinance shall be enforced by harbor masters and assistant harbor masters and by police officers of the City of Lynn.

SECTION 6 - All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

SECTION 7 - As provided in General Lews, Chapter 90B, Section 15, this ordinance. must be approved by the Director of The Division of Motorboats of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Once such approval is received, this ordinance will be published in a newspaper of general distribution in the City of Lynn to be effective five (5) days thereafter.