By ecoRI News staff
TAUNTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) plans to increase public accessibility at Massasoit State Park through renovation projects and the assignment of seasonal staff. Enhanced accessibility at the 1,500-acre park is expected to begin July 1.
The state is committed to providing residents with access to safe, clean, open spaces, including the DCR’s 449,000 acres of forests, beaches and campgrounds, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.
“Massasoit State Park is an invaluable resource for the residents of Taunton and the surrounding communities,” she said. “I look forward to witnessing the benefits of increased access to this beautiful state park.”
The planned revitalization includes: the assignment of a full-time seasonal park supervisor; the hiring of two seasonal staff members; renovation of the park’s contact station and a bathroom facility; new signage; and the continued assessment of park trails.
“The rejuvenation of the Massasoit State Park has been a priority of the Department of Conservation and Recreation for years, and I am thrilled that the public will once again be able to have more access this wonderful park,” DCR commissioner Carol Sanchez said.
Another component of the improvement plan includes electrical upgrades. About seven years ago lightning struck the state park, disabling the facility’s power lines. Electrical work is expected to begin in June.
By assigning a full-time seasonal park supervisor within Massasoit State Park, state officials said, the park will become a cleaner, safer place, where visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy many nature-based activities, including hiking, mountain biking, walking, fishing, non-motorized boating, cross-country skiing and hunting, with restrictions.