In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Healey-Driscoll administration
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced registration is now open for the 17th annual Park Serve Day, which will take place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) holds Park Serve Day annually, in conjunction with Earth Week, to provide volunteer opportunities throughout the Massachusetts State Park system. Volunteers will help clean coastlines, clear trails, pick up litter, plant flowers, and paint at state parks across the Commonwealth, among other important tasks.
“Massachusetts’ state parks play an invaluable role in our physical and mental wellbeing, which is why it is critical we maintain our open spaces,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our administration looks forward to continuing this tradition and preparing our parks and beaches for visitors to enjoy ahead of the spring and summer seasons.”
“We must protect and preserve our parks to ensure residents have access to clean and safe parks across Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “Park Serve Day is an excellent way for volunteers to give back to their communities and reconnect with the state’s natural resources.”
Park Serve Day began as a pilot program in 2006 at four parks in Western Massachusetts. Since then, the program has grown to incorporate multiple facilities in every region throughout Massachusetts. Every year, thousands of volunteers help clean what amounts to tons of trash from DCR parks and facilities, as well as work to help maintain, beautify, and preserve recreational areas.
“Park Serve Day is a great example of merging stewardship and conservation to ready our state parks system for a busy recreational season,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rebecca L. Tepper. “By letting the public take an active role in preserving our natural environment, we are fostering partnerships that will create healthy, clean, and safe spaces for all visitors to enjoy.”
“Taking part in Park Serve Day is a great way to end Earth Week and help prepare our state parks to welcome millions of visitors during the summer,” said DCR Commissioner Doug Rice. “We are grateful for the efforts of this year’s volunteers, who will ensure we can provide positive recreational experiences for visitors this year and for years to come.”
Park Serve Day event times may vary by location. Participants are encouraged to register for Park Serve Day at their local state parks. DCR will provide work gloves and other necessary equipment. Participants can also bring their own gloves or hand tools (personal materials should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and phone number). Power tools will not be allowed.
DCR advises volunteers to wear sturdy shoes and work clothes and bring water and snacks. It is also recommended that volunteers bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Weather can be unpredictable, so please dress accordingly. All parking fees will be waived for volunteers at locations where Park Serve Day events are taking place. Visitors are encouraged to tweet, post, and tag photos on social media using @MassDCR. DCR asks visitors to park in designated areas only.
Register for Park Serve Day event near you here.