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 permit 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 click here for directions on how to check for the availability of picnic tables and fields before completing your application for submission.

Please download the permit application.  Fill out the application completely.  Your application may be sent by email to the recreation department or by fax to 617-926-6129.  Permits are handled on a first come basis. We cannot accept requests to check the availability of a facility over the telephone or in person.  Picnic permit applications must be received 2 business days prior to the event, permits will be issued on a draft basis and the permit is not valid unless full payment is received.