- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for DCR Announces the Start of Waterfront Services and the Opening of Spray Decks Across the State
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — In advance of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that several of the agency’s inland and ocean beaches will provide waterfront services for the public starting on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Many of these locations will have lifeguards on duty (weekends only) to provide safer swimming environments. Additionally, agency managed spray decks will also open on Saturday, and will be available seven days a week for children and their families to enjoy.
“Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer recreational season, during which time millions of people will visit and explore the Massachusetts State Parks System,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration works hard every year to ensure people of all abilities have great access to the state’s invaluable recreational resources, like beaches and spray decks, and we are excited to see both new and familiar faces visiting state parks again this year.”
With the start of waterfront services, the DCR will conduct water quality tests at designated swimming areas, and open comfort stations at DCR managed beaches. In late June, the DCR will also open its deep water and wading pools, and will begin staffing agency lifeguards at many swimming locations seven days a week. A complete list of DCR designed swimming areas can be found on the agency’s swimming webpage.
Additionally, several of the department’s campgrounds have already opened for the 2019 season, with Wellfleet Hollow State Campground (formerly Paine’s Campground) in the Town of Wellfleet opening for the first time under the management of the DCR starting today, May 23, 2019. Furthermore, the agency will also have both interpretive and visitor services staff on hand at state parks and campgrounds across the Commonwealth providing visitors with summer programming opportunities to participate in.