Starting Thursday, April 9, the Trustees will reopen more than 70 properties across Massachusetts, for local use only, in order to offer more opportunities to spend time in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trustees have been working with local and state officials to determine how to open some of the properties while keeping staff, visitors, and surrounding communities safe. The list of properties that will reopen do not require staffing in order to open and did not experience overcrowding prior to the closures in March.
When enjoying these newly reopened properties, The Trustees asks that visitors follow these social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all, and to help keep properties open in these challenging times:
- Limit visits to open Trustees properties in your respective town or neighborhood;
- Stay at least six feet from other visitors, including stepping aside on the trail to let others pass;
- Please keep dogs leashed and away from other visitors at all times;
- If a parking area is full, please come back at a less busy time.
Other Trustees properties will remain closed until at least May 4. These are sites where staff are required to prevent overcrowding or where town officials have requested that they stay closed. Sites with narrow trail systems are also being kept closed. Although agricultural operations continue, all Trustees farms will remain closed, except for curbside food pick up at specific times, to ensure the health and safety of essential agricultural staff and the food grown on these farms. While some of the properties remain closed for the time being, we hope to safely open these with a plan for controlled access.
Similarly, all in-person programs are cancelled until at least May 4. Click here to see a regularly updated list of exciting virtual programs you can enjoy from home.
For more information including a list of all open sites, please visit our COVID19 Response page.