For immediate release Contact: Wendy Fox
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will open many of the state’s most popular ocean and fresh-water beaches tomorrow, May 26, the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Spray pools and wading pools at many parks also will open on Saturday.
DCR offers more than 80 fresh and salt-water beaches in
dozens of communities across
Fresh-water beaches opening tomorrow with lifeguards are Chicopee State Park Beach in Chicopee, Cochituate State Park Beach in Natick, Hopkinton Main Beach in Hopkinton, Houghton’s Pond in Milton, John A. Pearce Lake in Saugus, Sandy Beach in Winchester, Walden Pond Main Beach in Concord, and Wallum Lake Beach in Douglas. Lifeguards will start at many of the remaining inland beaches on June 16.
DCR’s 29 lifeguarded swimming pools are scheduled to open June 16, and will be open, in general, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission to all state pools and beaches is free, though parking fees ranging from $5 to $7 are charged at most beaches.
For a full list of Massachusetts state beaches and pools, visit massparks.org and click on “activities.”
DCR welcomes visitors to the state’s beaches and pools and encourages everyone to take these simple steps to keep themselves and their families safe:
4. Read and obey all rules and educational signs.
5. Beware of getting too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, or too much strenuous activity.
6. Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather.
7. Enter the water feet first.
8. Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving, or boating. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, and coordination and diminishes your swimming skills. Alcohol is prohibited in all DCR properties.
9. Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.
10. Practice sun safety as well as water safety: Always wear sunscreen, seek shelter when possible, and drink lots of fluids.
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