Parks and Open Spaces

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

South Dorchester has some open spaces and parks. Click below for a map and directions.


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

Within the 12 Wellness Trail Neighborhoods, South Dorchester has the third highest 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 Dorchester is close to 93 and 3; and it has heavy traffic on Morrissey Blvd. (26,000 cars per average week day) and Gallivan Blvd. (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 South Dorchester there are many places where you can buy healthy food: grocery stores, farmers markets, and 25 community gardens.