- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces 13th Annual Park Serve Day
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the 13th Annual Park Serve Day event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, with more than 37 volunteer activities coordinated throughout the Commonwealth with the assistance of several organizations and stakeholders. Created in 2006 as a statewide initiative to encourage a day of volunteerism, Park Serve Day enables the public to partner with state government in an effort to prepare the Commonwealth’s many state parks and beaches for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Since Park Serve Day began, thousands of individuals have volunteered in an effort to make a difference, such as assisting in cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, picking up litter, planting flowers, and other important tasks.
“Our administration is grateful to the thousands of volunteers who will get outside with friends and neighbors to improve state parks throughout the Commonwealth on Park Serve Day,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with local officials on a successful 2019 recreational season.”
“We thank the teams of volunteers in state parks across Massachusetts for their dedication and hard work to help get the state park system ready for this year’s season,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Local events will take place between the hours of 8:00AM and 3:00PM, though times may vary by location. Additionally, participants are encouraged to reach out to their local state parks to confirm event times and meeting place. Work gloves and equipment necessary to complete various projects will be provided by the DCR; however, if participants choose, they can bring their own gloves or hand tools (personal materials should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and phone number on them). Notably, power tools will not be allowed.
“Park Serve Day is a great way for individuals and families to help prepare the Commonwealth’s parks for the upcoming season,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through the efforts of volunteers across the state, our state parks will be ready to welcome the thousands of residents and visitors in the coming months.”
Additionally, drinking water will be supplied at all DCR facilities where Park Serve Day projects have been organized, although participants may wish to bring their own water and/or food. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and work clothes, and bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Weather can be unpredictable, so please dress accordingly. Also, all parking fees for volunteers will be waived at locations where Park Serve Day events are taking place.
“Rain or shine, Park Serve Day has become a time-honored tradition for many of the volunteers who participate every year, working shoulder to shoulder with DCR staff to prepare the state parks system for the influx of millions of people who visit every year,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “Park Serve Day is a great example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to work collaboratively with the public, advocacy groups, municipalities, and other interested stakeholders to strengthen community bonds and foster strong partnerships.”
To find a Park Serve Day event near you, please review the list below or search the Park Serve Day webpage, where volunteers can register for an event.
Park Serve Day 2019 – Participating Parks:
- Alewife Reservation; Watertown – Meet across from the Alewife MBTA Passenger Pick up location (at the entry bridge to Alewife Reservation); 9:00am-2:00pm.
- Beaver Brook Reservation; Belmont – Meet at 66 Mill Street; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Charles River Reservation; Boston/Waltham – visit CRWA.org for details and to register; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Neponset River Reservation; Mattapan, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Quincy – visit Neponset.org for details and to register; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Southwest Corridor; Jamaica Plain – Meet at Rose Garden (near Massachusetts Avenue and Wellington Street); 10:00am-12:30pm.
- Brookwood Community Farm; 11 Blue Hill River Road; Canton – park in lot and meet at the greenhouse; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Blackstone Heritage River and Canal State Park; Uxbridge – Meet at River Bend Farm Visitor Center; 9:00am-3:00pm.
- Douglas State Forest; Douglas – Meet at the picnic area; 107 Wallum Lake Road; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Otter River State Forest; Baldwinville – Meet at Otter River Headquarters; 10:00am-12:00pm.
- Upton State Forest; Upton – Meet at the CCC Camp Headquarters building; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Wachusett Mountain State Reservation; Princeton – Meet at the visitor center; 345 Mountain Road; 9:00am-1:00pm.
- Wachusett Reservoir; West Boylston – Meet at John Augustus Hall; 180 Beaman Street; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Whitehall State Park; Hopkinton – Meet at the boat ramp parking lot on Saturday, May 4, 2019; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Belle Isle Marsh Reservation; East Boston – Meet at the main parking lot at 1339 Bennington Street; 9:00am- 12:00pm.
- Gateway Park (Breakheart Reservation); Lynn – Meet at 820 Boston St; 10:00am-2:00pm.
- Harold Parker State Forest; Andover – Meet at Collins Pond parking area; 10:00am-2:00pm.
- Maudslay State Park; Newburyport – Meet at the park’s headquarters; 9:00am-1:00pm.
- Middlesex Fells Reservation; Greenwood Park; Stoneham – Meet at 149 Pond Street; 8:00am-12:00pm.
- Nahant Beach Reservation; Nahant – Meet at Red Rock Park; 9:30am-2:00pm.
- Salisbury Beach State Reservation; Salisbury – Meet at Parking Lot #1 on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and Sunday, May 5, 2019; 10:00am-4:00pm.
- Ames Nowell; Abington – Meet at the main entrance parking lot; 9:00am-1:00pm.
- Blue Hills Stables; Milton – Meet at Mounted House at 725 Hillside Street; 9:00am-2:00pm.
- Borderland State Park; Easton – Meet at the visitor center on Saturday, April 20, 2019; 10:00am to 2:00pm.
- Boston Harbor Islands; Spectacle Island – Meet at Long Wharf North (the ferry departs at 9:00am); 9:00am-2:30pm.
- Horseneck Beach; Westport – Meet at the main parking lot near the entrance; 10:00am-12:00pm.
- Manuel Correllus State Forest; Edgartown – Meet at the park’s headquarters; 92 Sanderson Avenue; 9:30am-1:30pm.
- Massasoit State Park; Taunton – Meet at the contact station parking lot; 9:00am-1:00pm.
- Myles Standish State Forest; Carver – Meet at the park’s headquarters; 9:00am-2:00pm.
- Nickerson State Park; Brewster – Meet at the main parking lot; 8:00am-2:00pm.
- Scusset Beach Reservation; Sandwich – Meet at the Nature Center; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Shawme Crowell State Forest; Sandwich – Meet at the contact station; 42 Main Street; 10:00am-2:00pm.
- Ashuwillticook Rail Trail; Cheshire – Meet at Farnam’s Causeway; 9:00am-12:00pm.
- Chicopee State Park; Chicopee – Meet at the park’s headquarters on Sunday, April 28, 2019; 10:00am-2:00pm.
- DAR State Forest; Goshen – Meet at the campground pavilion (between sites 13 and 14); 10:00am-2:00pm.
- Great Falls Discovery Center; Turners Falls – Meet in the Great Hall; 10:00am-12:00pm.
- Holyoke Heritage State Park; Holyoke – Meet at the visitor center; 12:00pm-3:00pm.
- Sandisfield State Forest; New Marlboro – Meet at the comfort station; Route 183; 12:30pm-3:00pm.