Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak has announced her intention to leave City Hall when the new mayor takes office in January.
Pollak, who became commissioner in November 2002, said she met with the transition team of Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh and informed them of her plan to work until Jan. 6, when Walsh assumes office.
“I offered to stay on until February if that would assist with the transition to a new Commissioner,’’ Pollak said.
As parks commissioner, Pollak has overseen capital and operating budgets and other funding sources that support more than 150 annual events and the design, improvement, and maintenance of 2,200 acres of parkland.
The department has jurisdiction over 286 locations, including playgrounds, athletic fields, game courts, water sprays, and fountains.
In addition, Pollak has overseen the department’s caretaking of 40 urban wilds properties, 38,000 street trees, and 16 historic and three active cemeteries.
In announcing her departure, Pollak said she is looking forward to new challenges in the next phase of her career.
“I look with pride at all that has been accomplished in the past eleven years since I joined the department,” she said.
Pollak came to City Hall in 1995 as a member of the project staff in Thomas M. Menino’s administration. Her role included developing public policy for citywide issues such as preservation, environment, development, and tourism.
Her exit marks a long list of top Menino officials who are leaving City Hall before the new administration takes charge. On Monday, Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser Jr. announced he will leave on Jan. 6.
Walsh has many top positions to fill, including a permanent police commissioner, school superintendent, and a new leader for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.