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DCR Celebrates Reopening of Eliot Tower and Pavilion at Blue Hills Reservation After Investing $1 Million for Repairs and Improved Accessibility  

7/12/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

First Comprehensive Rehabilitation of the Tower Since 1939 Replaced Building’s Mortar, Rebuilt Rear Chimney, Replaced Fireplace and Added Accessible Ramp and New Safety Features

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Kicks Off 10th Year of the Summer Nights Program at Ryan Playground in Mattapan  

7/08/2024 Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll

DCR Celebrates a Decade of the Program, Launching the Largest Year Yet with 100 Partners Supporting Youth Engagement across Massachusetts

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DCR Partners with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to Roll Out New Multilingual Beach Signage 

7/02/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR Expands Multilingual Signage with New Decals Added to Beach Visitor Signs that Welcome Beachgoers in Nine Languages, New Multilingual Beach and Pool Rules Signs

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DCR Partners with Falmouth Housing Trust and 300 Committee Land Trust on New Project that Conserves Land and Creates Affordable Housing on Cape Cod  

7/01/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Project Protects the Water Quality of Bourne Pond in Falmouth and Creates Five Units of Affordable Housing

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Joins Roxbury Community to Celebrate the Opening of Cass Center, DCR Pools Across the State  

6/22/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR hosts event at the Melnea Cass Recreational Complex Pool for Community with Music, Food from Local Vendor, Games, Animal Shows and More

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces $12 Million in Grants for Trail Improvement Projects Across Massachusetts  

6/21/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

MassTrails grants will support 65 projects in expanding and connecting the state’s trail network

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DCR Opens Certain Pools Ahead of Schedule for Heat Wave  

6/20/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Pools are open in Hyde Park, Malden, Springfield, and Worcester

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Shares Hot Weather Precautions Ahead of Heat Wave  

6/17/2024 Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll

DCR Expands Access to Public Swimming Areas Across the State

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DCR Unveils Accessible Summer Recreation Opportunities  

6/17/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

From Kayaking to Golfing, DCR Offers a Wide Range of Activities for People of All Abilities

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DCR to Open Registration for Free Learn to Swim Lessons for Kids Across the State 

6/14/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR is also Ensuring Water Safety by Expanding Lifeguard Services to 16 Additional Inland and Coastal Beaches Ahead of Fathers’ Day

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Launches Fourth Year of Growing Wild Program Encouraging Residents to Preserve and Protect Pollinator Habitats 

5/31/2024 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Healey-Driscoll Administration and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association are Giving Free Pollinator Starter Kits at 17 Nurseries and Six Parks to Promote Statewide Movement

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Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Start of Waterfront Services Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend  

5/24/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

State officials urging visitors to take safety precautions as DCR opens 81 Beaches and Waterfronts

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DCR Announces Educational, Affordable and Fun Programming for Families Across the State During April School Vacation 

4/09/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

DCR to Host 42 Free and Low-Cost Family-Friendly Programs at 15 Properties from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 21, Including Guided Hikes and Bike Rides, Birding, Painting, and Animal Demonstrations

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DCR Announces Free Solar Eclipse Viewing Events and Programming at Parks Across the State 

4/03/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Agency is Providing Programming and Eclipse Viewing Glasses at Parks in Uxbridge, Milton, North Easton, Brewster, East Falmouth, Rockport, Turner Falls and Lanesborough

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Healey-Driscoll Administration is Seeking Volunteers to Help Beautify State Parks on Park Serve Day  

3/28/2024 Department of Conservation & Recreation

Registration is Now Open for DCR’s 18th Annual Park Serve Day; Agency to Host 65 Cleanup Events at 35 Parks Across the State