Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Boston resident Joe Antonino and his dog Chaos visited all 76 parks in the DCR’s Park Passport program over the summer, a feat worth sharing.
Joe and Chaos – a half boxer, half pit bull who dons a pink collar – were at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport last year and noticed a colorful DCR Park Passport box. Later, they were at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester and saw another box. Joe got curious, read about the Passport Program on DCR’s website and registered for a passport book online. Joe and Chaos spent the rest of the summer filling it up with park stamps.
“We went out every Tuesday, all summer long,” Joe said. “We did it all in just one day a week.”
PHOTO(left to right): DCR Ranger Peter Michaels, DCR Central Region Director Evelyn Jimenez, Joe Antonino and his dog Chaos, and DCR staff member Linda Labrie at DCR’s regional headquarters in Amherst.
Visitors can collect stamps representing each park in the pocket-sized Passport books. Parks are spread all across the state: 15 parks in the Greater Boston Region, 12 parks in the Northeast Region, 12 parks in the Southeast Region, 12 parks in the Western Region, and 25 parks in the Central Region. Collect all the stamps from one region and win a T-shirt!
Joe, 51, said he and Chaos had a ball visiting all those parks. Over the summer, Chaos practiced her counting tricks, caught two fish in Connecticut River Greenway State Park in Northampton, and climbed the walls at Quincy Quarries Reservation.
“I’ve put about 8,000 miles on my truck,” Joe said. “I’ve told everybody about it.”
Click here to find out more about the DCR Park Passport program. I hope to see you out there!