- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at All State Parks on Veterans Day
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — To honor Veterans Day, the Baker-Polito Administration will once again waive parking fees for all visitors on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at all Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) state parks throughout the Commonwealth. Visitors are encouraged to participate in self-guided walks and hikes within the state parks system, where there are many opportunities to view veterans memorials, military forts, and other notable sites. The fee waiver is in line with a National Park Service initiative that also provides free admission at federal parks nationwide on Veterans Day.
“Waiving parking fees at state parks in honor of Veterans Day offers an opportunity for us all to get outside and remember the contributions of so many brave veterans during the course of our country’s history,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Veterans and active-duty military personnel have sacrificed an enormous amount on behalf of the Commonwealth and our country, and we hope those who have served get the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Massachusetts’ state parks.”
“Thank you to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for providing this opportunity to our Veterans and their families on this very special day.” said Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe. “Enhancing their access to visit our beautiful state parks to experience the splendor of nature and history is a great way to honor our Veterans of the Commonwealth for their service to our Nation.”
Massachusetts has an acclaimed military history, with noteworthy sites stewarded by the DCR that memorialize important moments in history, including Fort Independence at Castle Island in Boston, which was used to fortify the area’s coast; Fort Revere in Hull, which was utilized during the American Revolution; Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower located at the summit of Mount Greylock in Adams, which is one of the 100 World War I Centennial Memorials in the nation, and hundreds of roadways, trails, markers, pools, skating rinks, and parks named after distinct Massachusetts veterans or military campaigns involving Massachusetts veterans.
“It is an honor for DCR to care for many cultural and historic resources that serve as relics of important moments in time and memorialize those who have served in our armed forces. DCR is proud to maintain the tradition of providing free parking for veterans, their families, and the public at all state parks this upcoming Veterans Day,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “During the holiday, I encourage everyone to get outdoors and visit your local state park or monument contained within the state parks system.”
Additionally, cars with disabled veterans license plates from all states enjoy free parking at DCR facilities year round. When visiting the state parks system and other public places, DCR also offers general guidance for visitors to follow:
- If a park is crowded, please consider leaving the area and either visiting a different location or returning at a later date or time (typically state parks are less busy during the week and/or early in the morning);
- Follow posted rules, such as “carry in, carry out” trash policies and posted parking restrictions;
- Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;
- Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
- Wear a facial mask or covering in public;
- Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds; and,
- Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.
To find a full list of DCR managed state parks, please visit the agency’s website.