- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for DCR Announces the Start of Waterfront Services and the Opening of Visitor Centers Across the State
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that several of the agency’s inland and ocean beaches will begin providing waterfront services for the public starting on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Many locations will have lifeguards on duty on weekends to provide safer swimming environments. Later in the summer, lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week at select locations. Additionally, DCR will open agency-managed spray deck on Saturday, which will be available seven days a week for children and their families to enjoy. DCR will also open visitor centers across the state park system starting Saturday.
“As the unofficial start of the summer season, the long-awaited Memorial Day Weekend is a great time of year for residents across the Commonwealth to venture outdoors and explore our first class state park properties,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “DCR staff are hard at work ensuring that our state parks system is ready to welcome visitors from across the Commonwealth, including our beaches, spray decks, and campgrounds, and we look forward to providing safe and fun outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the summer.”
With the start of waterfront services, DCR will conduct water quality tests at designated swimming areas and open comfort stations at DCR-managed beaches. Agency-managed wading pools and the remaining inland and coastal beaches are expected to open on Saturday, June 19, 2021 followed by agency-managed swimming pools on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The waterfront services schedule can be viewed on the agency’s webpage and a complete list of DCR-designated swimming areas, spray decks, and wading pools can be found on the agency’s swimming webpage.
Additionally, on Saturday, May 29, 2021, DCR pavilions, picnic areas, and meeting rooms will open to the public with reservations currently available on ReserveAmerica. On Friday, June 4, 2021, DCR-managed campgrounds will also open to 100% capacity with reservations available to be made beginning Thursday, June 3, 2021. Reservations for pavilions and campsites are required, with no walk-in camping allowed. Check availability or make a reservation by visiting the ReserveAmerica website or by calling 877-422-6762. For information, visit the agency’s camping webpage.