Ahead of the opening of designated swimming areas at inland and coastal beaches throughout the Massachusetts state parks system this Memorial Day Weekend, members of the Healey-Driscoll Administration, including Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rebecca Tepper, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Brian Arrigo, Massachusetts Environmental Police Colonel Shawn Santos, and Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Colonel James Concannon urged the public to take precautions when on or near waterbodies and pool facilities this summer. During an event this week at Revere Beach, the officials highlighted the Administration’s commitment to ensuring that state beaches and waterfronts provide a safe and fun experience for Massachusetts families.
“Since day one, the Healey-Driscoll Administration has prioritized equity across all sectors in the Commonwealth – and that includes our beautiful beaches and waterfronts,” said EEA Secretary Rebecca Tepper. “As our summers get hotter and hotter and many of our cities contend with the urban heat island effect, it is even more critical to ensure our families have safe and easy access to water and outdoor fun.”
“DCR works, every year, to make our waterfronts and pools as safe as possible for visitors seeking relief from the summer heat,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “Starting this weekend, I am excited to welcome families back to our parks and beaches and I encourage everyone to take precautions and follow posted signage when visiting our properties to ensure a safe and fun experience.”
Weekend lifeguard services will begin this weekend at many designated waterfronts to provide safer swimming environments. Starting June 17, lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week at select beaches and waterfronts across the Commonwealth. DCR began water quality testing this week at all 81 designated swimming areas and will have ropes and buoys in place at inland water areas to signify safe swimming areas. Additionally, visitors will see safety signage at unguarded locations that can be translated into seven languages – including Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Mandarin, and Russian – using a QR code, and life rings for the public to use at guarded and unguarded swimming areas in the event of an emergency.