Lifeguards will be on-hand for an extra day this weekend at state-owned pools and beaches with temperatures expected be hovering near 90 degrees for the next four days through Sunday, officials announced Thursday.
From Memorial Day to late June, the Department of Conservation and Recreation normally schedules lifeguard coverage at its aquatic sites on Saturdays and Sundays, before launching into a full summer schedule.
But due to the forecast for extreme heat, the state will have lifeguards working on Friday, May 31, in addition to their usual Saturday and Sunday schedules.
The department’s Commissioner Edward Lambert said the state is happy to be offering expanded lifeguard coverage this weekend “as the early summer heat rolls in.“
“Stop by, cool off or come and stay for the day,” he said in a statement.
“However you stay cool this weekend, please respect others and be safe. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and take shade breaks,” reminded Lambert.
Below is a list of facilities that will be guarded this Friday. Additionally facilities will be open this Saturday and Sunday, as well as on upcoming weekends, until June 22, when they begin their daily guarded schedules.
Chicopee State Park, Chicopee
Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord
Douglas State Forest (Wallum Lake), Douglas
Nantasket Beach, Hull
Houghton’s Pond, Blue Hills, Milton
Nahant Beach, Nahant
Revere Beach Reservation, Revere
Carson Beach, South Boston
Pleasure Bay Beach, South Boston
Salisbury Beach, Salisbury (Main Beach Only)
Horseneck Beach, Westport
Shannon Beach, Winchester
Regatta Point, Worcester
Lee Wading Pool, Boston
Johnson Spray Deck, Jamaica Plain
Mission Hill, Boston
Stony Brook, Jamaica Plain
Neponset Spray Deck, Dorchester
Beaver Brook, Belmont
North Point, Boston
Olsen Deck, Hyde Park
Moynihan Deck, Hyde Park
Spray decks facilities not attached to a larger full pool facility are running and available for a quick cool off every day from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, officials said. Most wading pools will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until June 29, when remaining wading pools and full-sized swimming pools open for use seven days a week. Daily lifeguard coverage at Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor begins on July 3.
For more information, visit www.mass.gov/dcr.