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Last week Governor Baker announced that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) would be extending the hours of several parks across the Commonwealth. Sports fields, waterfronts, and pools in Boston, Chicopee, Everett, Malden, and Worcester will now stay open and lit later into the summer nights.

“With the start of summer vacation for school children across the Commonwealth, I am pleased that we are able to offer more positive recreational opportunities that encourage and promote a healthy, fun lifestyle and safe summer. The extended hours will provide students and families increased access to some of the state’s most popular facilities in the Commonwealth’s cities.” – Governor Baker

In addition to offering space for fun activities, the Commonwealth’s parks serve as community focal points, “Not only does keeping our parks and pools open provide safer opportunities for our children and families, it gives our communities a chance to come together and enjoy each other this summer,” said Robert Lewis, Jr., founder and President of the BASE, a Boston-based youth advocacy organization. “I’m excited that Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito are opening doors for our neighborhoods and thank them for their continuing commitment to building stronger communities in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth.”

The announcement also included an expansion of the DCR’s Free Family Flicks (Note: PDF file) program to new spaces in Boston, Worcester, Chelsea, Lawrence, Taunton, and Fall River. These locations complement the spots in Lowell, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Somerville, and at the Esplanade’s Hatch Memorial Shell, where the Free Family Flicks program is already scheduled to begin showing.

Find out more about these fun summertime options: www.mass.gov/dcr/safesummer

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