For the second year in a row, some state parks, forests, and ponds will not be staffed this summer, due to tight budgets, the Department of Conservation and Recreation announced today.
Parking and restrooms will not be available and swimming will be barred, the DCR said. Visitors will be directed from the lesser-used spots to other nearby parks and beaches.
"While we have some facilities we will not be able to staff, DCR has no shortage of facilities for the public to enjoy," DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. said in a statement. "We have hundreds of parks, lakes, pools and beaches that will be open this year for visitors and residents."
In one bright spot, officials announced that the Streeter Point recreation area in Sturbridge, closed last year, would be reopened.
The following areas will not be staffed: Ashland State Park, Chester Blandford State Forest, Lake Lorraine State Park, Windsor State Forest, Berry Pond in Harold Parker State Forest, Dean Pond in Brimfield State Forest , and Fearings Pond in Myles Standish State Forest
|Streeter Point Recreation Area |
6 Streeter Point Ave
Sturbridge MA 01566
This accessible area has a 100 car parking area and offers fishing, swimming and picnicking on 400 acre East Brimfield Reservoir. Boating access is from ramps located on US Army Corps of Engineers maintained ramps on Rt 20.
The park is located off of Route 20 in south-central Massachusetts
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