State Coastal Beach Parking Areas
As of Friday, April 3, 2020, state coastal beach parking areas have temporarily closed. State managed beaches remain open for passive recreational activities that only involve transitory movement (walking, jogging, running, etc.) and for solitary beach fishing. Sitting, sunbathing, and other stationary recreational activities are prohibited on state beaches. Additionally, athletic and recreational activities that bring participants into close, physical contact are prohibited.
Playgrounds, Fitness Areas, and Bathroom Facilities:
Athletic Fields and Courts
As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, agency managed athletic fields and courts throughout the state parks system have temporarily closed until Monday, May 4, 2020, at which time the closure of these facilities will be reassessed.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agency is not providing trash receptacles throughout the state parks system. Visitors are asked to practice the agency’s “carry in, carry out” policy during this public health emergency and to do their part to help protect our shared natural resources by leaving no trace and taking any trash with them.
Visitor Centers and Campgrounds
As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, agency managed visitor centers and campgrounds throughout the state parks system have temporarily closed until Monday, May 4, 2020, at which time the closure of these facilities will be reassessed.
Additionally, the department is not taking any camping reservations until campgrounds have reopened .In addition to the closure of campgrounds, Appalachian Trail shelters, campsites, and privies within the Massachusetts state parks system are also temporarily closed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, camping is always prohibited outside of these areas along the 90-miles of the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure optimal access to the state’s outdoor natural resources remain available, all parking fees at state parks across the Commonwealth have been waived.
Agency managed golf courses (Ponkapoag Golf Course in the Town of Canton and the Leo J. Martin Golf Course in the Town of Weston) have not yet opened for the season. All golf related activities are prohibited.
As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, all agency owned ice rinks throughout the Commonwealth have closed to the public. DCR managed ice rinks have permanently closed for the season (these rinks were previously scheduled to closed on Sunday, March 22, 2020). Agency rinks operated by third parties are closed until Monday, May 4, 2020, at which time the closure of ice rinks will be reassessed. Additionally, during the temporary closure all associated events at these locations are cancelled.
During this public health emergency, the department has postponed several upcoming lifeguard qualification and recertification tests. Please continue to visit the agency’s DCR Lifeguarding webpage for the most up-to-date test schedule information.