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Press Release DCR Waterfronts Across the Commonwealth Set to Open for Summer Season

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  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for DCR Waterfronts Across the Commonwealth Set to Open for Summer Season

Troy Wall, Press Secretary

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BOSTONIn advance of Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that many of the agency’s waterfronts and spray decks will open across the Commonwealth starting on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Additionally, several of the DCR’s most popular inland and ocean beach locations will have lifeguards on duty weekends only.

“The Commonwealth’s state parks system remains a popular destination for Massachusetts residents and visitors, offering excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to providing exceptional access to our state’s natural resources, including some of the most popular beaches, and we look forward to seeing thousands of people this Memorial Day Weekend.”

As part of the waterfronts opening process, water quality testing at designated swimming areas has already begun. Additionally, comfort stations at many of DCR’s beaches will be open for the season. The DCR will also have both interpretive and visitor services staff on hand at many state parks and campgrounds to provide residents and families with increased summer programming, events and other activities. Furthermore, DCR Rangers will also be patrolling state park locations  to ensure a safe environment for all.

In late June, the DCR anticipates the opening of its deep water pools and wading pools, and will begin staffing lifeguards at many waterfronts seven days a week. To review the entire list of DCR managed waterfronts, please visit the agency’s swimming webpage. Information concerning upcoming summer programming at DCR properties can be found on the agency’s Programs & Events webpage. The Department continues to hire lifeguards for this upcoming summer season, please click here to apply.


Media Contact for DCR Waterfronts Across the Commonwealth Set to Open for Summer Season

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.