Parks and Open Spaces

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

South Boston has one large park along the Dorchester Bay but few open spaces.


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

Within the 12 Wellness Trail Neighborhoods, South Boston has the fourth 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. South Boston is close to Interstates 93 and 90; and it has heavy traffic on the Dorchester Avenue (34,000 cars per average week day) and Old Colony Avenue (27,000 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 South Boston there are few places where you can buy healthy food: grocery stores, Farmers Markets, and 1 community garden.