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Boston's 10 smallest parks, mapped

Spits of greenery jutting into the urban tundra that you might otherwise miss

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Boston's love affair with public parks stretches back to the 17th century and includes some expansive notables such as Boston Common, the Public Garden, and several waterfront gems perfect for weather like it right now. And then there are the much, much smaller parks, ones that do not command much attention, if any.

They might be no more than patch of grass or a concrete plot with a playground. But they count. The city, after all, has 217 official public parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields as well as 65 public squares. The 10 on this map are the smallest of those, according to a June 2014 count from the city. None are more than .04 acres (or roughly 1,740 square feet).

One note, though: We did not include the really small spaces, ones of no more than 435 square feet. Those are not so much parks or plazas, but dots on the landscape.

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1. Bay Village Garden

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32 Melrose St
Boston, MA 02116

The .02-acre space is also known as Melrose Park.

2. Wolf Square

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190 Harold St
Boston, MA 02121

Also known as Harold Square, the space reaches .02 acres.

3. Childe Hassam Park

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324 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

The .03-acre expanse dates from the early 1970s and has a fall music series going on now.

4. Mahoney Park

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2498 Beacon St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The space is .03 acres.

5. Mendoza Square

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435 Bennington St
Boston, MA 02128

The .03-acre park is across from the Bennington Street Cemetery.

6. Schempa Square

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1310 River St
Boston, MA 02136

The park runs to .03 acres.

7. Tai Tung Park

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110 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

The .03-acre park includes a play area for children.

8. Zero Quinn Square

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0 Quinn Way
Boston, MA 02132

The .03-acre park is at the end of Quinn Way.

9. Algonquin Square

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2 Algonquin St
Boston, MA 02124

The .04-acre park off Washington Street is near the much larger Mother's Rest Park.

10. Williams Square

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140 Williams Ave
Boston, MA 02136

The .04-acre triangle of green is at the end of Prospect Street in Hyde Park.

1. Bay Village Garden

32 Melrose St, Boston, MA 02116

The .02-acre space is also known as Melrose Park.

32 Melrose St
Boston, MA 02116

2. Wolf Square

190 Harold St, Boston, MA 02121

Also known as Harold Square, the space reaches .02 acres.

190 Harold St
Boston, MA 02121

3. Childe Hassam Park

324 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

The .03-acre expanse dates from the early 1970s and has a fall music series going on now.

324 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

4. Mahoney Park

2498 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The space is .03 acres.

2498 Beacon St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

5. Mendoza Square

435 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

The .03-acre park is across from the Bennington Street Cemetery.

435 Bennington St
Boston, MA 02128

6. Schempa Square

1310 River St, Boston, MA 02136

The park runs to .03 acres.

1310 River St
Boston, MA 02136

7. Tai Tung Park

110 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

The .03-acre park includes a play area for children.

110 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Zero Quinn Square

0 Quinn Way, Boston, MA 02132

The .03-acre park is at the end of Quinn Way.

0 Quinn Way
Boston, MA 02132

9. Algonquin Square

2 Algonquin St, Boston, MA 02124

The .04-acre park off Washington Street is near the much larger Mother's Rest Park.

2 Algonquin St
Boston, MA 02124

10. Williams Square

140 Williams Ave, Boston, MA 02136

The .04-acre triangle of green is at the end of Prospect Street in Hyde Park.

140 Williams Ave
Boston, MA 02136