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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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Permits for Fields and Picnics
Permits for Fields and 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 for the fall season will be accepted after January 1st and permits will be issued based on priority beginning February.

Field Permit Application
Field Permit Worksheet

Permitting for Picnic/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. 

Picnic Permit Application     Map of Arsenal Park    Map of Filippello Park 

View Availability for Fields and Picnics
Review Field and Picnic Availability Online 

Check Availability For Fields and Picnics

Please check the picnic tables and fields availability before completing your application for submission.
1. Go to the Town's Home Page http://www.watertown-ma.gov/
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.