A former estate that was donated to the town in the 1950s, Larz Anderson Park is Brookline's largest park at 61…More acres, and features a variety of recreation facilities, picturesque landscaping, historic ruins and a popular transportation museum housed in a former carriage house.
From the parking lot on Goddard Avenue, park users have easy access to a fenced-in playground, baseball diamonds, picnic shelter, restrooms, and the park's man-made lagoon, complete with a footbridge, fountain and gazebo. Several barbecue grills overlook the lagoon and can be reserved through the Brookline Recreation Department.
From Avon Street, a driveway leads past Larz Andrson Auto Museum and the town skating rink to a parking lot perched at the top of the hill, where remains of the old estate gardens still stand. The sloping hill of Larz Anderson Park affords wide views of the Boston skyline and is popular for sledding, kite flying and watching Fourth of July fireworks on the Charles River.
Larz Anderson Park is part of Brookline's Green Dog Program, which allows parkgoers to let their dogs off leash during certain hours. At Larz, dogs are allowed off leash from dawn to 1 p.m. during March through November, and from dawn to dusk during December through February.
Organized teams must seek a permit from the Recreation Department before using town atheletic facilities.