Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Reach the Beach Festival and Family Fun Day | Aug. 13

Presented by Savin Hill Shores, FREE fun for everyone!

  • DOT Art craft activities
  • Giant bubble demo
  • Zoo New England
  • Games by Knucklebones
  • Story telling
  • Rosaltia's puppets
  • Face painting
  • KeyTat Bear
  • BFD Fire Engine (2pm- 3pm)
  • Kiteboarding demos
  • RCN Ice cream truck (1pm -3pm)
  • DotBike ride to beach
  • Visit New Enlgand Coffee, Magic 106.7, Just Water, Purity Organic, Storks, The WIld Life, Jungle Book, and Movies and more...

Bring a blanket, pinic chairs, and your friends and family to enjoy the afternoon 'down at the beach!'

When: Saturday August 13th 12pm- 4pm

Where: Malibu Beach off Morrisey Blvd.






Concerts at Castle Island | Aug. 6

Berklee, WUMB 91.9 FM, UMass Boston and the DCR have teamed up to bring free live music to Castle Island. Musical genres will blend between folk, bluegrass, and pop.

Come early and make a day of it! Swim at Pleasure Bay, enjoy a free tour of Fort Independence between noon and 3:30 pm with the Castle Island Association, grab lunch at Sullivan's or just relax in the shade!

Parking fills up early so public transportation is encouraged!

When: August 6 from 2pm-4pm

Where: Castle Island, 2010 Day Boulevard, South Boston 02127



Port Norfolk Park | January 21

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead a presentation on plans to build a park on the site of a former paper plant in Port Norfolk on Tues., Jan. 21. The meeting will start at 7p.m. at Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut St. State officials last month announced that they will commit $4.25 million to fix- the 14-acre waterfront site over the next three years. A December meeting on the topic was postponed until January due to a snowstorm.
179 Walnut St.
Dorchester, MA 02122

Canoe Excursion on the Neponset | July 27

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon canoe adventure with BNAN! This Neponset River paddle will take place on July 27 at 2pm. Participation is limited to experienced paddlers who can meet at Milton Landing. Canoes and gear will be provided for this FREE event. For more info, contact 617-542-7696 or email To learn more about BNAN, click HERE.

Neponset River Trail Meeting Nov. 17

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts will host a public meeting on the Neponset River Trail on Thursday, November 17, 2011. The meeting will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences Dining Room, 249 River Street, Mattapan.

At the meeting, DCR will provide an update on the pathway project that will link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade, including information on a U. S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant application submitted by DCR for federal funding for the project. DCR will also seek additional public input on potential design opportunities.

If you have questions about the public meeting, call 617-626-4974 or email

Neponset Watercolor Workshop, Jul. 25

WatercolorCathy Garnett, an experienced artist with watercolors from the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, will instruct a group in basic watercolor technique on July 25. Using the environment, such as trees, buildings and water, Cathy will explain how to make beautiful art with watercolors. Supplies will be provided, folding chairs are recommended to bring. This event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Baker Square River Trail (1243 Adams St, Dorchester) To join this event, registration is required at For questions, call 617-542-7696 or email

(Image Credit: Lisa Dusseault).

Explore Pope John Paul II Park Event for Families, Jun. 18

Department of Conservation and RecreationHey families: Get Outdoors! Local residents and families are invited to explore Pope John Paul II Park on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The North Face, American Hiking Society, Leave No Trace and local partners are joining together with state parks to promote the importance of being active and getting outdoors with seven free events across the US. These events are meant to encourage the local community to get outdoors and truly explore the state parks close to home. There will be ranger led hikes and other activities, snacks, speakers, partner demos, as well as giveaways, including the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge information, Explore Your Parks activity guides, and free state park passes. For more information or to RSVP, please call 617-727-6034 or You may also visit >> Read More

Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Dorchester Playground, Apr. 11

The state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has scheduled a public meeting to discuss planned improvements at McMorrow Playground in Dorchester. Existing equipment at the playground on Victory Road is described as "out of date and in disrepair." DCR is completing plans for a new, improved playground at the site with new equipment and improved access. Meeting will take place Monday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester.

Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Mattapan Playground, Apr. 12

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has scheduled a public meeting on April 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., to discuss options for improving the wading pool at Ryan Playground in Mattapan. Each of the three options includes a wading pool and separate spray deck. The existing pool, which is outdated and needs to be improved, has spray features incorporated into the wading pool. Meeting will take place at the Foley Senior Residences "Great Room," 249 River Street, Mattapan.

Easter Egg Hunt and Photos, Apr. 16

Easter Eggs Phillips Candy House sponsors the annual 
Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Spring Easter Egg Hunt in Dorchester’s Pope John Paul II Park (Gallivan Blvd. entrance) this April 16, starting promptly at 11 a.m. Immediately following the hunt, the Phillips family invites kids and parents to join them at the Candy House, 818 Morrissey Blvd. for photos with the Easter bunny (until 2 p.m.) For more information, call 800-722-0905.

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