Introducing Christopher Cook, Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

Christopher Cook, 37, is Boston’s new Commissioner of Parks & Recreation.  A native of Plymouth, he now lives in West Roxbury, and will be in charge of more than 200 City parks and playgrounds.  Although he is new to the field of parks administration, he can count on the support of the multitude of not for profit Friends groups and park advocates throughout the City.  He studied at Suffolk University and previously served as Arts Commissioner under former Mayor Menino.  Lawrence Harmon of The Boston Globe wrote an interesting article about the new Commissioner which may be found at

We look forward to meeting Chris Cook in the coming months.  Our hands-on work with the trees of the Back Bay demands a close working relationship with the Parks Department, and our public-private partnership with the City is of paramount importance. Both previous Parks Commissioners, Justine Liff and Antonia Pollak, created a positive cooperative environment for our organization, and we anticipate that spirit of friendship and shared goals will continue under the new administration.