FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham Public Health Department announced today, July 31, Learneds Pond Beach on Lower Shawmut Terrace will re-open to swimmers.
It was closed on July 28, due to a water quality test for bacteria ( E. Coli).
State regulation also requires the beach operator (in this case the Parks & Recreation Department) to post a sign at the beach to alert the public when a high bacteria count is collected.
Bacterial load at different points of the pond/lake varies quite a bit. A high bacterial count in the water collected at the beach does not mean the rest of the water body will have high bacterial counts, and vice versa. The state regulation only requires public posting and closure at the beach, since only the beach water was tested.
The City’s three beaches are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beaches are free, but a beach tag is needed for access.
Photo by Kayleigh O’Connor, a Framingham High student, who is interning with SOURCE this summer.