Permits & Picnics

Permitting for Fields

Recreation Department accepts applications from the Watertown Public Schools, youth leagues, adult teams, leagues and private schools beginning November for the following spring and summer seasons to be issued at the beginning of December. Field applications (PDF) for the fall season will be accepted after January 1st and permits will be issued based on priority beginning February.

Permitting for Picnic or Barbecue

Arsenal Park

Recreation Department accepts applications for picnics at the Arsenal Park for both residents and non-residents on a first come basis. There are 19 tables with corresponding grills with 6 tables in 2 sections of the park that are protected by covered wooden structures. There are many amenities located at Arsenal Park including a playground, softball and playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, street hockey court and a skate park. The sprinkler located near the playground area is available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The park is palatial and beautiful. There is easy accessibility to public transportation.

The park is located behind Marshalls Department store at

485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Filippello Park

This park is located on the east end of town at 109 Arlington Street and is situated between Arlington and Grove Streets. Recreation Department accepts applications for picnics from residents only on a first come basis. There are 10 tables with corresponding grills with 6 tables in 2 sections of the park that are protected by covered wooden structures. There is a large playground area on the Arlington Street side of Filippello Park and a smaller playground on the Grove Street side of the park. There are 2 playing field areas on each end of the park with a sprinkler park between them. The sprinkler park is available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. There is street parking on Arlington Street and a parking lot from the Grove Street entrance.

Helpful Documents

Check Availability For Fields & Picnics

Please check the picnic tables and fields availability before completing your application for submission.

  1. Visit our online reservation system website
  2. Click on the facility
  3. Click on the picnic table or field
  4. Click on the gray box for "available activity"
  5. Scroll to the month and day. Green check means available and red cross means unavailable permit applications
  6. Filling out permit applications

Please download the permit application. Fill out application completely. Picnic permits will only be processed with payment. You can email the recreation department or fax it to 617-926-6129 your permit. However, your picnic permit will not be approved until payment is received. Permits are handled on a first come basis. We cannot check availability of a permit over the phone. Please request in advance as our space is limited.