Open-Water Swimming Still Allowed in Walden Pond

Lincoln,MA-4/21/98- Robby Verrier,8, of Burlington fishes for trout at Walden pond.
Robby Verrier,8, of Burlington fishes for trout at Walden pond in this file photo.
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Want to try your luck swimming across Walden Pond this summer?

You’re in luck—officials have scrapped a proposal to ban open-water swimming at the famously transcendental water hole, the Boston Globe reports:

But the [Department of Conservation and Recreation]'s plan to create a designated 125-yard "swimming lane" for long-distance swimming sparked strident objections from experienced swimmers, who invoked [Henry David] Thoreau's call for civil disobedience in saying they would not follow the rule.

"This proposal has been met with some skepticism by community advocates," DCR spokesman William Hickey acknowledged in an e-mail. "As a result of ongoing conversations with advocates and emergency responders, this proposal is no longer being considered....We are not anticipating any significant changes this season."

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Officials said they were hoping to improve safety at the pond after an increase of lifeguard rescues at the park in recent years.

The reservation will open for swimmers this year starting May 24.