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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Annual Park Serve Day

Park Serve Day is a great way for everyone in the Commonwealth to make a difference at the state park they most enjoy
For immediate release:
4/19/2022
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Annual Park Serve Day

Carolyn Assa, Communications Director

BOSTON The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the 16th annual Park Serve Day will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, with dozens of volunteer activities planned throughout the Commonwealth’s state park system in collaboration with partner organizations and community stakeholders. Since Park Serve Day began in 2006, thousands have participated in a day of volunteerism by partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) by cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, picking up litter, planting flowers, painting, and contributing to other important tasks at state parks in every region of the Commonwealth.

“Volunteering on Park Serve Day is one of the best ways to ensure a park or beach you love will be in good shape for the spring and summer seasons,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration is grateful to the thousands of volunteers who will get outside with family, friends, and neighbors to improve state properties throughout the Commonwealth on April 23rd.”

“It is heartwarming to see how many people are willing to commit to a day of volunteerism on Park Serve Day as a way to give back and safeguard our state parks system,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Thank you to all of the volunteers for their dedication and hard work in preparing the state park system.” 

Local events generally take place between the hours of 9:00AM and 1:00PM, though times may vary by location. 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 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 has become a tradition for many of the volunteers who assist DCR annually to prepare state parks ahead of the influx of people each summer,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Massachusetts state parks system provides many of us with a respite from our daily stresses, and Park Serve Day offers everyone a chance to get outside and give back a little.”

DCR encourages participants to bring their own water and/or food, and advise volunteers to wear sturdy shoes and work clothes. It is also recommended that volunteers bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Weather can be unpredictable, so please dress accordingly. Note that all parking fees will be waived for volunteers at locations where Park Serve Day events are taking place. 

“As we get ready to welcome millions of visitors to our State Park System for the 2022 summer season, Park Serve Day is a great way for everyone in the Commonwealth to make a difference at the state park they most enjoy,” said DCR Acting Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “The contributions made by this year’s volunteers will ensure a positive experience for so many in the months ahead, and we are immensely grateful for their time and effort.” 

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 online.

Park Serve Day 2022– Participating Parks:

Boston Region 

  • Charles River Reservation; Boston/Waltham – visit CRWA.org for details and to register

10:00am-12:00pm. 

  • Carson Beach; South Boston-Meet to the right of the bath house

9:00am-11:00am 

  • Torbert MacDonald Park; Medford- Meet next to the MacDonald Park parking lot at 4253 Mystic Valley Pkwy), Register at mysticriver.org

9:00am-12:00pm  

  • Neponset River Reservation; Mattapan, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Quincy – visit Neponset.org for details and to register

9:00am-12:00pm. 

 

Central Region 

  • Blackstone Heritage River and Canal State Park; Uxbridge – Meet at River Bend Farm Visitor Center

10:00am-3:00pm 

  • Douglas State Forest; Douglas – Meet at the headquarters; 107 Wallum Lake Road

9:00am-1:00pm 

  • Callahan State Park; Framingham

9:00am-1:00pm 

  • Wachusett Reservoir; West Boylston – Meet at the front gardens at John Augustus Hall; 180 Beaman Street

10:00am-11:30am 

  • Whitehall State Park; Hopkinton – Meet at the boat ramp parking lot

9:00am-12:00pm 

  • Brimfield State Forest; Brimfield-Meet at Dean Pond

10:00am-1:00pm 

  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation; Princeton-Meet at the Visitor Center

12:30pm-3:00pm  

  •  Moore State Park; Paxton-Meet at Main Parking Lot

9:00am-12:00pm-Held on Sunday, April 24, 2022 

  • Upton State Forest; Upton – Meet at the CCC Camp Headquarters building

9:00am-12:00pm – Held on Sunday, April 24, 2022

 

North Region 

  • Middlesex Fells Reservation; Sheepfold Path; Stoneham- Meet at the Sheepfold Parking Lot

8:00am-1:00pm 

  • Middlesex Fells Reservation; Sheepfold Dog Park; Stoneham- Meet at the Sheepfold Parking Lot

9:00am-12:00pm 

  • Middlesex Fells Reservation; Flynn Rink; Medford- Meet at Flynn Rink

10:00am-12:00pm 

  • Halibut Point State Park; Rockport; Meet at the parking lot

10:00am-12:00pm 

  • Breakheart Reservation; Saugus; Dunne Visitor Center

10:00am-1:00pm 

  • Maudslay State Park; Newburyport – Meet at the park’s headquarters

9:00am-12:00pm. 

  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation; Salisbury – Meet at Parking Lot #1 at the Pavilion

10:00am-12:00pm

 

South Region 

  • Blue Hills Stables; Milton – Meet at Mounted House at 725 Hillside Street

10:00am-1:00pm 

  • Borderland State Park; Easton – Meet at the visitor center

10:00am to 2:00pm. 

  • 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-1:00pm. 

  • Nickerson State Park; Brewster – Meet at the main parking lot

9:00am-1:00pm 

 

West Region 

  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail; Cheshire – Meet at Farnam’s Causeway

9:00am-12:00pm. 

  • Great Falls Discovery Center; Turners Falls – Meet at the Main Entrance

10:00am-12:00pm. 

  • Holyoke Heritage State Park; Holyoke – Meet at the visitor center

10:00am-12:00pm. 

  • Pittsfield State Forest; Pittsfield- Meet at the Ski Lodge Parking Lot

9:00am-2:00pm

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Annual Park Serve Day

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
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