1015 Truman Parkway
Hyde Park

Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park

Open year round, dawn to dusk. The DCR Martini Shell was built in 1960 as an outdoor theatre and is named in honor of Francis D. Martini, a US Army private who died in combat in World War II, and is 34 feet tall with 334 square feet of stage area (approximately 30 feet wide at front, 10 feet wide at back, 20 feet deep) The Shell is located at 1015 Truman Parkway in the Readville/Hyde Park section of Boston. The park area is 5.6 acres, shaped as an elongated triangle, situated between Truman Parkway and the Neponset River, Google Map.

Facilities including:

  • An outdoor amphitheater
  • A network of paths walking and bicycling paths
  • Light standards for evening events and safety
  • Two tennis courts
  • One basketball court
  • Benches and picnic tables
  • A canoe launch providing access to the Neponset River
  • A viewing platform offering scenic views of the Neponset River
  • An oval open green space defines the audience viewing area.
  • A paved parking lot for approximately 40 cars
  • Access by public transportation from the MBTA # 24 bus and several railroads including the Commuter Rail Fairmont Line

Permitting of the Martini Shell

A Special Use Permit is needed when the use or activity exceeds in any way the common use of DCR parklands.  These include and are not limited to events such as:

  • Sporting activities and tournaments
  • Concerts
  • Charity walks
  • Road races
  • Group boating activities
  • Cultural festivals
  • Community service projects
  • Small wedding ceremonies
  • Group gatherings which include amusements, barbeques and/or amplified sound

If you would like to us the Shell for any of the activities describe above please submit a special use permit by following the link, Special Use Permit .

Moynihan Recreation Area

Open dawn to dusk. Moynihan Recreation Area located on the east side of Truman Parkway across from the Martini Shell offers additional recreational facilities including:

  • A spray deck
  • A reservable baseball field
  • A playground
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • One basketball court
  • Two tennis courts

Public Transportation

Public transit access, from either the Fairmont Station or the Readville Station on the Fairmont line on the MBTA, is less than one mile away. MBTA #24 Bus Schedule. Car access is supported by the parking lot which has two curb cuts. Traffic lights at Truman Parkway and a pedestrian crosswalk provide access to the site and to the Moynihan Playground across the parkway. To the east, paths alongside the Truman Parkway provide pedestrian and bicycle access to the site, as well as connections to the larger network of trails along the Neponset River