• water safety May 30, 2022 6:23 pm

    Open-Water Swimmers Go Against the Current of Walden Pond's Restrictions

    Massachusetts has limited open-water swimming at historic Walden Pond, a popular place for experienced swimmers and competitive athletes to train. As the second summer of restrictions begins, open-water swimmers say the state’s focus is misplaced and that they’re being unfairly targeted. Last summer, in response to drownings across the state, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation banned open-water...

  • Walden Pond May 30, 2022 5:36 pm

    Critics Decry Walden Pond's Open-Water Swimming Restrictions

    Swimming is once again restricted at Walden Pond, a water safety move that some athletes say unfairly affects them.

  • state parks May 30, 2022 11:43 am

    Mass. State Park Closures Begin Early on Steamy Memorial Day

    Massachusetts residents were getting out of the house and flocking to parks on Memorial Day — so much so that several parks were closed by the morning. Three state parks were closed by Monday morning, with one not accepting anyone for the rest of the day. That’s Walden Pond State Reservation, which had reached maximum capacity by 9:13 a.m. Cochituate…

  • brush fire May 9, 2022 10:30 am

    Brush Fire Sends Smoke Over Mass. Route 1

    Smoke was visible from Massachusetts’ Route 1 highway Monday morning from a brush fire burning in the Lynn Woods, firefighters said. Winds were pushing the smoke into Saugus, according to the Lynn Fire Department.

  • Walden Pond July 7, 2021 6:58 pm

    Swimming Ban Coming Down at Walden Pond

    Days after banning open water swimming at Concord’s Walden Pond as part of a package of changes in response to a spate of drownings around Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation will begin allowing the practice again. The DCR issued new guidance Wednesday evening once again permitting swimmers to navigate waters beyond those marked by ropes and buoys...

  • Massachusetts July 2, 2021 7:36 pm

    Moves to Keep Swimmers Safe in Mass.

    Walden Pond is among the places trying to keep people from drowning amid a spate of incidents this summer.

  • Walden Pond May 16, 2020 1:57 pm

    1st Mass. Park Hits Capacity, Temporarily Closes as Another Nice Weekend Begins

    State parks officials are welcoming people to the state’s open lands amid the stay-at-home order in place in Massachusetts, just not in great numbers, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, the first park of the day was temporarily closed. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Reservation announced the closure of the parking areas at Walden Pond State Reservation, due to...

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