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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Encourages Residents to Get Outdoors for Free “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes

For immediate release:
11/21/2017
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

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Mark Steffen, Press Secretary

BostonOn Friday, November 24, 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration will provide residents and visitors with free, guided hikes in five state parks as part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) annual “Go Green on Black Friday” campaign, which encourages family and friends to connect with nature the day after Thanksgiving. All hikes will be led by DCR staff over trails that range between one and five miles.

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is proud to offer new and creative ways for residents to experience the outdoors, and our ‘Go Green’ hikes are a great way for newcomers and regular park users to come together and enjoy a healthy hike,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “Massachusetts has the ninth largest state parks system in the country, and I encourage people of all abilities to take advantage of their exceptional landscapes.”

“Go Green on Black Friday” hikes range from light to moderately strenuous levels of difficulty, and are best for families with children ages ten and older. Details about hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on DCR’s website at www.mass.gov/dcr. Hikers are encouraged to share photos on social media by tagging @MassDCR.

For those interested in a “green” gift on Black Friday, the DCR is offering 2018 parks passes for park users seeking to save money on parking at most Massachusetts state parks. Interested individuals may learn how to apply here.

The DCR’s “Go Green on Black Friday” Hikes will occur at the following locations:

Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, MA

Friday, November 24, 2017 11:00AM – Hike the “Little Tom” ridge from Bray Lake to a scenic vista overlooking the Pioneer Valley. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip at a moderate pace on rolling, uneven terrain with one short very steep section. Meet the DCR Regional Educator at 11:00 a.m. at the Bray Lake Warming Hut, near the park’s Route 5 entrance in Holyoke. (617) 699-2387

Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield, MA

Friday, November 24, 2017 11:00AM – Hike over the Blueberry and Moon Hills of Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield. Approximately a three mile hike through the park, including two of the highest points at Bradley Palmer. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot. (978) 887-5931

Borderland State Park, Easton, MA

Friday, November 24, 2017 1:00PM – The hike is through the trails of Borderland State Park in the northern section of the park, is approximately 4 to 5 miles, and is moderately paced. Meet at the Visitor Center at 259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton. (508) 238-6566

Revere Beach Reservation, Revere, MA

Friday, November 24, 2017 9:00AM – The hike is over beach sand along the reservation causing the terrain to be uneven, and is approximately 3 miles. Meet outside at One Eliot Circle, Revere, MA (the tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue). Free Parking available along Revere Beach Boulevard. Accessible by Public transportation: MBTA Blue line Revere Beach Station, turn right on Revere Beach Boulevard and walk to One Eliot Circle, Revere, MA. Visit www.MBTA.com for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). (781) 485-2803

Blackstone Canal and Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, MA

Friday, November 24, 2017 12:00PM – The hike is through the state park where visitors will view, identify, and appreciate coniferous and evergreen plants, and is an easy 1 mile family friendly walk. Guests will meet at River Bend Farm Visitor Center at 287 Oak Street Uxbridge, MA. (508) 278-7604

If weather conditions are bad, hikes may be cancelled. Please call the park prior to arriving to ensure the hike continues as scheduled.

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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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