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Category Archives: Parks

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown Posted on Jul 21

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

The town of Watertown, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be opening a Braille Trail and a Sensory Garden, one of the few parks of its kind. Breaking ground on July 21st, this project hopes to be completed by late   …Continue Reading Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence Posted on Jul 15

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

In late April, Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan joined Mayor Dan Rivera and Senator Barry Finegold to make an exciting announcement.  Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment in Lawrence’s Ferrous Site to acquire a three acre   …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield Posted on Mar 18

Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

This is the first in a series of blog posts on the investments the Patrick Administration has made in parks, outdoor recreation and the people our parks programs affect.  Governor Patrick likes to say that “policy only matters at the point that it touches people.”    …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Meagan Pelletier, Camp STAR Angelina, Springfield

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27! Posted on Nov 25

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

The signs that winter is approaching are here: colder temperatures, shorter days and public skating! That’s right – public skating begins at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks on Wednesday, November 27th. DCR owns 42 rinks across the Commonwealth and this year, many DCR   …Continue Reading Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16 Posted on Jun 10

When was the last time you took time to stop and smell the roses? This week, reopen your eyes to the true beauty that makes up the world. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m., explore Myles Standish State Forest to catch a glimpse of   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: The Earth and Beyond – June 10-16

Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013 Posted on Jun 2

Recess is one of the most important times in a child’s life, a time for exploration and hands-on education. My recesses were usually comprised of dirty hands, frogs, worms, and other many-legged living creatures. Unfortunately, as you get older, recess slowly starts to disappear, becoming   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Coexisting with Critters – June 3-9, 2013

Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2 Posted on May 26

One day doesn’t seem enough for a celebration of the brave men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. Frequently filled with burgers, hot dogs, and s’mores, Memorial Day weekend has become, simultaneously, a weekend-long celebration of that service   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: WWTD (What Would Thoreau Do?) May 27 – June 2

Preserving the Massachusetts Landscape Posted on May 25

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has deep roots in the preservation of the Massachusetts landscape, growing from the former Metropolitan Park System (1893), the nation’s first regional park system, and from one of the country’s first state parks systems (1898). Built over a   …Continue Reading Preserving the Massachusetts Landscape

The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes? Posted on May 12

The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes?

Katie McGuire Press & Social Media Intern, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) View Katie's Bio When you grow up a Long Island kid, it’s pretty much understood that you will take swim lessons and you will find a teenage career in aquatics. From the   …Continue Reading The Guard Life: Do you have what it takes?