Friday, November 30, 2012
Two Milton roads will be closed Sunday into Monday due to repairs.
Chickatawbut Road and Wampatuck Road through the Blue Hills Reservation will be closed December 2 and 3 while the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) removes construction equipment used for repairs in the area. The roads will be closed to all traffic starting at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 until Monday, December 3, when they will be reopened in the afternoon. Signs will be placed in the area to remind drivers of the closures. Chickatawbut and Wampatuck were closed on November 18, 19, 26 and 27 for the repair work.
Monday, August 27, 2012
With warm temperatures expected, the DCR will staff lifeguards at Houghton’s Pond and other swimming areas through Labor Day.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has expanded the season for Houghton’s Pond and other swimming areas across the commonwealth past the scheduled closure dates. Lifeguards will stay on duty at Houghton’s Pond beach in the Blue Hills Recreation Area through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. “DCR takes great pride in providing the public with quality recreational opportunities at our many waterfronts and pools,” said DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert, via a press release. “We hope everyone stays cool and safe and enjoys these final warm days of the 2012 summer season at one of our fabulous DCR facilities.” For the most up-to-date information about other DCR-run beaches, pools and spray decks in the area, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The recent summer festival at Houghton's Pond was sponsored by the Friends of the Blue Hills.
The Houghton's Pond cool summer festival last weekend was a perfect way to spend a summer day. The DCR rangers, the Friends of the Blue Hills and instructors from Mass Wildlife were on hand with demonstrations on how to throw out your line to catch a fish. Volleyball, a jumping gym, live music, Perry Ellis with a live barn owl from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, crafts, dancing and lots more were showcased. The Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) is a 1,000 member non-profit organization devoted to perserving and protectin the Blue Hills Reservation's natural beauty, diverse natural habitats and many recreational opportunities. Please call 781-828-1805 or visit http://friendsofthebluehills.org for more information on upcoming events.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A closer look at the Houghton's Pond Bathhouse, which opened Monday.
On Monday, July 9, the Department of Conservation and Recreation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new bathhouse at Houghton's Pond. The building is the largest part of a $4 million construction project at the Blue Hills Reservation recreation area. The new three-season bathhouse holds 23 toilets, a lifeguard room, a manager’s office, a first aid station, a boat room, secure storage, two family toilet rooms and outdoor rinsing and changing stalls.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation held a grand opening for the $4 million bathhouse project at Houghton's Pond on Monday.
State and local officials, including Governor Deval Patrick, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Houghton’s Pond Bathhouse in Milton on Monday, July 9. The new facility is part of a $4 million project at the Blue Hills Reservation recreation area. The new 4,500-square-foot bathhouse, which was funded by the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Capital Fund, replaces a similar structure that was built in 1968. Patrick, who is a Milton resident, referenced the infrastructure investments made by the “Greatest Generation” after World War II during his brief address in front of the new building. “It’s time for us to make the kind of investments the generation before us did,” Patrick said, adding his administration has …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Department of Conservation and Recreations awarded an $175,000 matching funds grant to Mass Audubon for education at Milton's Trailside Museum.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation recently announced a matching funds grant of $175,000 for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. The money will fund environmental education programs and materials for summer camps, school groups and park visitors. The DCR will match funds with Mass Audubon. “DCR has an on-going commitment to improving and enriching the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities available to state park users,” said DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert after the press conference. “The Partnerships Matching Funds Program recognizes the tremendous value of partnership for DCR. The grants enable projects that enrich the visitor experience and improve quality of life for residents of Massachusetts.” State Senator …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The summer recreational season kicks off this weekend.
Memorial Day week is generally considered the beginning of summer. For the Department of Conservation and Recreation, this weekend means the start of staffed pools and waterfronts. Lifeguards watch most of the DCR pools and beaches, including Milton’s Houghton’s Pond, beginning Saturday, May 26. A full list of Massachusetts state beaches and pools can be found here. "Although DCR has recreational opportunities year round across the Commonwealth, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the much-anticipated summer recreation season filled with opportunities for family fun," said Commissioner Edward M. Lambert, Jr. in a release from the DCR. "DCR is ready to welcome you all into the parks and onto our beaches for a fun and safe summer season…
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The DCR's First Day Hikes will begin at Houghton's Pond on Sunday, January 1.
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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Celebrate the New Year in the Blue Hills. As the Grand Daddy of First Day Hikes, this is the twenty-first year of the annual New Year’s tradition. Get outdoors and enjoy the winter woods. Warm up with a free cup of hearty soup at noon, then stretch your legs on a variety of guided hikes suitable for all ages and abilities, beginning at 1 p.m.. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton. Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time to access the event. Parking is limited. This year for the first time, all 50 states will be participating in First Day Hikes as part of a national “get outdoors” initiative. Before the annual hike at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, DCR will announce a partnership with …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A compromised proposal for the multi-use path between Central Avenue and Mattapan Square was presented on Tuesday at the Foley Senior Center, Mattapan.
After over a year of public and stakeholder meetings, two site walks and hours of discussion over the five possible options to connect the Neponset Greenway from Central Avenue to Mattapan Square, the DCR sought a compromise with a sixth option. The new proposal was unveiled on Tuesday, August 30, at the Foley Senior Center in Mattapan, in front of a large, primarily supportive audience. The presentation was given by DCR Deputy Commissioner for Park Operations Jack Murray, DCR Chief of Bureau of Resource Planning and Protection Joe Orfant and Dennen Crosby, Principal, Crosby/Schlesinger/Smallridge, LLC. The new plan will begin on the Milton side of the Neponset, connecting to the existing path at Central Avenue. The new path will cross …