Parks and Open Spaces

Having a place to exercise and be physically active is important to your health.

Back Bay has extensive well-developed open spaces and parks along the Charles River.


Whether your community, including its parks and open spaces, is safe can affect how much you exercise.

Within the 12 Wellness Trail Neighborhoods, Back Bay has the third lowest rate of non-fatal assault-related gunshot and stabbing victims.

Closeness to Highways

Your proximity to highways affects your risk for asthma and cardiovascular disease.

“Busy” roadways have over 18,000 cars on an average week day. Back Bay is close to Interstate 90 and Storrow Drive; and has heavy traffic on Massachusetts Avenue (29,000 cars per average week day) and Commonwealth Avenue (23,000 cars per average week day).

Healthy Food

Eating healthy reduces your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it can depend on your ability to find healthy food stores in your neighborhood.

In Back Bay there are a few places where you can buy healthy food: 5 grocery stores, Farmers Market, and 5 community gardens.