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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Program Information
Peter Centola
Recreation Director

149 Main St.
Watertown, MA  02472

Ph: (617) 972-6494
Fx: (617) 926-6129

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00 pm
The Recreation Department services the residents of this community by providing group rate tickets for family shows and local sporting events to renovations and upgrades to town's recreational facilities. We have varied youth classes from preschool to high school ages with sports, games and the arts. We also offer Yoga for Adults over 55.

The department coordinates with the Watertown Public Schools, Department of Public WorksWatertown Boys & Girls Club and the youth organizations to provide a safe and healthy environment.

We also integrate with S.P.O.R.T. (Special Persons Organizational Recreation Time) for our special needs citizens with varied activities throughout the year. Residents must submit their registrations to the recreation office only.

We have online registration and payments for recreation activies under ONLINE SERVICES on the main page of this website.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Watertown Recreation Department is to provide the citizens of the Town with varied and comprehensive passive and active recreational, leisure and seasonal opportunities for a wide range of age groups and abilities. We will work with and/or assist any town agencies and citizens to improve any facility and/or activity that will benefit the residents of Watertown.

Park Permits
The residents of this community may apply for picnic permits at Domenick Fillippello Park and at Arsenal Park for barbeques, family gatherings and organizational events from April to October. We also issue permits for the many ball fields, tennis and basketball courts throughout the town.

Please check the picnic tables and fields availability before completing your application for submission.
1. Go to the Town's Home Page
2. Click on the Brown Button to the Left "Online Payments"
3. Click on the hyperlink "Recreation Program Payments"
4. You have come to a white and pink page. Click on "Reserve"
5. Click on the facility
6. Click on the Picnic Table or Field
7. Click on the "Gray Box for Available Activity"
8. Scroll to the Month and Day. GREEN Check means available
    and RED Cross means unavailable

Permit Applications
Filling out permit applications

Please download the permit application from the "document center" (top right of screen) Fill out permit completely and email to or fax to 617-972-6129. Permits are handled on a first come basis.  If your permit is approved you will receive an email with an invoice and the permit.  We cannot check availability of a permit over the phone or same day.  Please request in advance to allow for turnaround time.