Ashland State Park

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Ashland State Park
Massachusetts State Park
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The spillway below the reservoir dam
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Town Ashland
 - coordinates 42°14′32″N 71°28′2″W / 42.24222°N 71.46722°W / 42.24222; -71.46722Coordinates: 42°14′32″N 71°28′2″W / 42.24222°N 71.46722°W / 42.24222; -71.46722
 - elevation 230 ft (70 m)
Area 470 acres (190 ha)
Managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
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Location of Ashland State Park
Location of Ashland State Park
Website : Ashland State Park
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ashland State Park

Ashland State Park is a 470-acre (190 ha), multi-use, Massachusetts state park located in the town of Ashland. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation[1] and includes the 157-acre (64 ha) Ashland Reservoir which was completed in 1895. When the reservoir was taken out of service the property was converted to a state park. The reservoir's dam and spillway are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park was not staffed from 2009[2] through 2012 due to budget cuts, and in 2012, DCR declared the park was no longer "a designated swimming area."[3] In November 2012, the state announced that the park would reopen in 2013 with staff and lifeguards and with money spent to restore facilities that had deteriorated during the shutdown.[4][5]

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Ashland Reservoir: The reservoir offers wheelchair-accessible restrooms, picnic grounds and swimming beach, plus a ramp for motorized and non-motorized boating and fishing.[1]
  • Trails: Trails may be used for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.


  1. ^ a b "Ashland State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hatch, Kendall and Riley, David (January 22, 2010). "Another unstaffed season for Ashland State Park". Wicked Local: Ashland (Framingham, Mass.: GateHouse Media). Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Notice: Ashland State Park" (Press release). DCR Massachusetts. n.d. 
  4. ^ Ishkanian, Ellen (November 10, 2012). "Ashland State Park reopening next year". (Globe Newspaper Company). Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ McGagh, Ken (June 22, 2013). "Ashland State Park reopens". MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.: GateHouse Media). Retrieved August 21, 2013. 

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