The Clubhouse has the only truly public bathrooms in the park; the Clubhouse and its facilities are open to all park users, not just golfers. Open during daylight hours in warm weather and 10-3 in the winter, the Clubhouse is located on Circuit Drive (the main road through the park) near the Blue Hill Avenue Entrance. Google map: One Circuit Drive, Dorchester 02121. Phone: 617-822-9118.
During weekday business hours and when it’s open for sports events, you can ask to use the bathroom in the Stadium locker rooms. Enter at the gate closest to the Walnut Avenue parking lot. Bathrooms may be harder to access during the summer Sports Camp. Directions. Google map: Walnut Ave & Park Lane, Jamaica Plain 02130.
There’s a snack bar serving breakfast, lunch, supper, beer and wine during daylight (golfing) hours in the warmer months. In winter or during bad weather the snack bar is often closed. Phone: 617-635-7251.
To find restaurants around the park, check out the park neighborhoods page.
You can reserve the Golf Clubhouse function room that seats about 150 people for a social event or meeting. The cost is $200 for four hours and $50 for each additional hour. You must use the Golf Clubhouse caterer or pay an additional fee of $4.00/person for lunch or supper and $1.00/person for breakfast. To reserve the room, call 617-635-7251. Events after 5pm or if alcohol is served, require a Boston Park Ranger or Police Officer for an estimated $200 fee and the use of the on-site vendor. There are a few other rules and regulations regarding live music and decorations, but it is a great place for a big gathering. The function room opens onto a lovely terrace with tables for outdoor seating that overlook the rolling hills of the golf course.
It’s free to reserve a spot in the park for a family reunion or group picnic, download a Special Events Permit Application and submit to the Boston Parks Department.
You can enjoy the park in your wheelchair or with a baby stroller. There are lots of paved paths and many entrances have just been enhanced with better access.
The Golf Course Loop Path is a 2.25 mile paved path that winds around the golf course and through the park. The path does have an occasional rut or crack, but in many places it is as wide as a road. The Loop will take you through wooded areas, past a picnic site, and over old stone bridges that traverse Scarboro Pond – a popular birding and fishing spot. There are other paved or hard-packed dirt paths throughout the park. A smaller, paved, one mile loop path goes around White Stadium and the Playstead. The Golf Clubhouse and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
There are two courts next to White Stadium on the Seaver Street side. Teens play pick-up ball there all year-round and are usually happy to have newcomers join in. It’s a safe haven for neighborhood youth. FPC offers coaching at the courts Thursday nights throughout the summer and an exciting tournament at the end of August. There’s a single hoop at the Giraffe (back) entrance to the Zoo near Seaver Street.
The park’s baseball diamonds are often filled with league play throughout the spring, it’s hard to show up for a pick-game. The Regan Little League, the JP Adult Softball League, Boston Latin Academy softball, and others regularly play in Franklin Park. You’ll find two baseball/softball diamonds at the Playstead between the Stadium and the Zoo and one at Ellicotdale near the Shattuck Hospital.
In the middle of the Playstead is a carefully tended cricket pitch with practices taking place most summer evenings and matches every Sunday.
Run by the Boston Parks Department, this 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross is the second oldest public course in the country and the first place a golf ball was hit on this side of the Atlantic. Boston residents can play a round of 18 for less than $40.
Check out the park neighborhoods page to learn more about what’s around the park.