FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham’s beaches will soon have “no trespassing” signs, again.
The Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission voted last night 4-1 to have the signs return to the City’s three beaches – Learned Pond, Saxonville Beach, and Lake Waushakum.
The lone vote against was Commissioner Dave Gudejko.
Currently, the city-owned beaches have signs that say “park open dawn to dusk.”
That means residents could access the beaches any day of the year from dawn to dusk.
Framingham Parks & Recreation Director James Synder said based on the vote Wednesday night his department could get those “signs up in the next week or two.”
With the new “no trespassing” signs, the beaches would only be open to the public during beach season weeks.
The City’s beaches are typically open mid-June to mid-August, and staffed with lifeguards.
The request to return the “no trespassing” signs was made my residents in the Learned Pond neighborhood, said the Commission.
Lake Waushakum in District 8 is restricted for access, even without the signs as there is a chain-link fence around the property.
Learned Pond beach has a gate across the parking lot, to prevent access, but individuals can walk on to the property, without a gate.
The City of Framingham has an agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which owns the Saxonville Lake property.
The agreement calls for the beach access to be restricted and only for use during the City’s beach season.
Unlike Lake Waushakum, there is not a fence around the property-prohibiting access.
In 2020, the City’s three beaches were free to residents, for the first time in decades. The City Council made the vote and the Mayor did not object.
The beaches are expected to be free for residents in 2021, also.
In 2019, there was a fee to access the City’s beaches.
The “no “trespassing” signs were posted at the beaches prior to the pandemic, said Snyder.