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By adamg - 7/28/21 - 8:50 am

DCR reports it closed the Olsen Swimming Pool on Turtle Pond Parkway yesterday after learning somebody associated with the pool - who had last been there yesterday - had tested positive for Covid-19.

The pool and its grounds will be "deep cleaned and sanitized," DCR said, adding it does not know when the pool will re-open.

By adamg - 7/7/21 - 9:40 pm

DCR announced today that people can swim outside roped off areas at Walden Pond again starting Friday.

Of course, there are limits: Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 10:26 am
Proposed Charles River Park

Restoration won't include removing the highways, though. 1886 view of the proposed Charles River parks from BPL Leventhal Map Center.

DCR is aiming for a fall start of a pilot program to test various methods for restoring the banks of the Charles River Basin and reducing the amount of invasive trees and other plants along the banks that it says crowd out native species and reduce the vistas of the scenic waterway. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 9:00 pm

The state Department of Public Health announced today it's ordering all indoor ice rinks shut from 5:30 p.m. on Friday until Nov. 7 because of a rise in Covid-19 cases linked to youth hockey players. Read more.

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By adamg - 7/27/20 - 3:06 pm
Boats, Jet Skis at M Street

Of late, some concerned citizens have been filing 311 complaints about the M Street beach. Many are about overcrowding there, or the gross conditions or both. But some aggravated citizens are filing complaints about the boats:

Boats anchored too close to shore AND I didn't see resident parking stickers on them either.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 9:55 pm

Starting tomorrow, DCR is closing the parking areas and spaces along the water from Constitution Beach in East Boston to Castle Island and down to Wollaston Beach because too many people were showing up at the beaches and not spacing themselves out enough.

Affected areas: Read more.

By adamg - 12/12/19 - 5:11 pm
Duct-taped Massachusetts State Park admission tag

DCR posted this work to advertise its yearly unlimited parking pass for state parks. It's only $60, although DCR does allow as how it's not edible.

By adamg - 11/14/19 - 10:37 am

DCR officials will be visiting Roslindale and Jamaica Plain twice in a week to discuss ways to make the Arborway and Centre Street safer from Hebrew SeniorLife and Forest Hills up to Jamaica Pond - even as expansion plans at Faulkner Hospital could mean more cars on the road. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/19 - 9:33 am
Human flexposts along Fenway.

Human flexposts along the Fenway this morning. Photo by Cambridge Bicycle Safety.

Some 100 area bicyclists took up positions as flexposts on the Fenway this morning to call for more permanent plastic sticks to better protect people riding in the bike lanes along DCR roads - and to do something about the intersection where a bicyclist died after being hit by a cement truck at the intersection with Brookline Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/19 - 1:02 pm
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy at Camp Meigs playground in Readville

DCR Commissioner Leo Roy at Camp Meigs Playground.

State officials held a formal dedication for the new playground at Camp Meigs Playground in Readville yesterday - complete with the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon with large golden shears - but the kids in attendance mostly paid no attention at all, because they were too busy playing on all the cool new stuff. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/18 - 10:23 am

Doyle Playground

Humans of Hyde Park interview Arielle Spivey and Lawrence Wyche, who have been leading an effort with the Southwest Community Development Corp. to transform
the fenced-off field of weeds and concrete on River Street across from Rosa Street back into the park it once was. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/17 - 1:09 pm
Cars in bike lane on Truman Parkway

The recently finished DCR repaving of Truman Parkway in Hyde Park included the creation of a bike lane on the southbound side. But as Vivian Gerard discovered and photographed yesterday morning, motorists responded to the new lane by ignoring it. It's especially bad in front of the apartment building at 605 Truman, just before Fairmount Avenue, but a quick drive at lunchtime today showed both car owners and truck drivers ignoring the lane south of Fairmount as well.

By adamg - 11/24/17 - 6:17 pm
Closed trash receptacles on the Esplanade

A roving UHub photographer noticed DCR's announcement that it won't be emptying the trash receptacles on the Esplanade from now until April:

Looks like some slob has already started what will probably end up being a mountain of dog waste bags by April 1. What gives?

By adamg - 10/12/17 - 9:53 am

The Bulletin reports DCR Commissioner Leo Roy made a special trip to Hyde Park to deny that the state parks and parkways agency wishes Hyde Park would just fall off the earth, already. Sure, the Thompson Center remains a festering pit, but how about that impending Truman Parkway repaving?

By adamg - 8/20/17 - 1:01 pm
Horses in Hyde Park

The Lonely Wizard enjoyed meeting a pair of DCR rangers and their steeds at Smith Field in Hyde Park this morning.

By adamg - 7/15/17 - 10:56 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports DCR has decided not to convert a street-hockey rink on Anson Street into a dog park because of opposition from street-hockey fans.

By adamg - 6/2/17 - 5:17 pm

DCR is alerting pedestrians and bicyclists they better stay off Mem. Drive between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge this Sunday, because it will be open to traffic so that motorists don't have to be inconvenienced by the narrowing of the turnpike across the river.

By adamg - 4/12/17 - 10:42 am

Clayton Harper provides an overview of the changes DCR is proposing for the intersection of Parkman Drive and Perkins Street on the northern side of Jamaica Pond, such as installing traffic lights and new paths and narrowing the roads on either side of the intersection to force drivers to slow down.

By adamg - 3/20/17 - 8:59 pm

Backers of a plan to turn a needle-infested, abandoned recreation complex in Stony Brook Reservation into a dog park get a chance to convince DCR to let them go forward at a meeting in Hyde Park on Tuesday. Read more.

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