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William Francis Galvin
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Recreation: Parks and Recreational Facilities

M9 MassParks

M10 Division of Urban Parks and Recreation

M11 Boston Harbor Islands National Park

M12 Zoo New England


M9 MassParks
Division of State Parks and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Toll Free: 1-800-831-0569
Campground Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-I-CAMP-MA (422-6762)
Fax: 617-626-1351
www.mass.gov/dcr/forparks.htm
E-mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us

Formerly the Division of Forest and Parks under the Department of Environmental Management ] and now merged with the former Metropolitan District Commission this division manages the Heritage State Parks Program and state forests, and is responsible for land acquisition, construction on state land, and planning for outdoor recreation and land use. It assists private tree growers with problems associated with land management, timber harvesting, silviculture measures, and tree planting advice, as well as helping communities with public shade tree management. In addition, the division is also responsible for the licensing of foresters, defined as those engaged in the conservation and management of natural resources (e.g. soil, water, trees) that occur within and are associated with forest lands. They provide cities and towns with back-up equipment, trained firefighting manpower, and assistance in organizing and training firefighters. Telephone reservations may be made at a state park or forest, up to 120 days in advance for a seven-night stay or more, or up to 60 days in advance for a shorter stay, by calling the individual site. Call the toll free number listed above for further details. Discount passes for seniors and the handicapped are available.


M10 Division Urban Parks and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Fax: 617-626-1351
www.mass.gov/dcr/metroboston.htm

Formerly the MDC, DCR's Division of Urban Parks and Recreation maintains and operates a network of beaches, pools, ice skating rinks, athletic fields, playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, downhill and cross country ski areas, bicycle paths, canoe launches, sailing clubs, picnic grounds, esplanades, and concert shells throughout the 35 cities and towns that comprise its recreational district. Special events for outdoor, active recreational use are planned. Brochures and maps are available.


M11 Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Hewitts' Cove
349 Lincoln Street, Building 45
Hingham, MA 02043
Tel: 781-740-1605, ext. 205 for information on Bumkin, Calf, Castle, Gallops, Georges, Grape, Lovells, Peddocks, Spectacle and the Brewsters Islands
Tel: 617-727-7676 for information about permits and schedules
mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/harbor.htm

Boston Harbor Islands National Park comprises 17 of the 34 islands in the harbor. Some of the islands are privately owned, and some of the 17 islands are left in their natural state, with no public access allowed. The remaining islands are actively managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. A variety of recreational activities and historical sites are offered. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is one of twelve managing partners of the harbor islands park system. A variety of recreational activities and historical sites are offered.


M12 Zoo New England
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
Tel: 617-541-LION (5466)
Fax: 617-989-2025
www.zoonewengland.org/

Walter D. Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Tel: 781-438-5100
Fax: 781-438-9517

Zoo New England, formerly the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation, was formed by Chapter 6, Acts of 1991 as a non-profit organization in but not subject to the Metropolitan District Commission. The corporation has as its responsibility the care, custody, and control of the metropolitan zoos: the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Walter D. Stone Zoo in Stoneham.


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