Ashland State Park

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Ashland State Park
Massachusetts State Park
AshlandMA AshlandParkSpillway.jpg
The spillway below the reservoir dam
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Town Ashland
Elevation 230 ft (70 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°14′30″N 71°27′58″W / 42.24167°N 71.46611°W / 42.24167; -71.46611Coordinates: 42°14′30″N 71°27′58″W / 42.24167°N 71.46611°W / 42.24167; -71.46611 [1]
Area 472 acres (191 ha) [2]
Established 1947 [3]
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Ashland State Park

Ashland State Park is a 472-acre (191 ha) Massachusetts state park located in the town of Ashland. The park includes the 157-acre (64 ha) Ashland Reservoir[4] which was completed in 1895. When the reservoir was taken out of service in 1947 the property was converted to a state park managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The reservoir's dam and spillway are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park was unstaffed from 2009 through 2012 due to budget cuts and reopened in 2013 with funding to restore facilities that had deteriorated during the shutdown.[5][6] The park offers wheelchair-accessible restrooms, picnic grounds and swimming beach, plus a ramp for motorized and non-motorized boating and fishing. Trails are used for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ashland State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sudbury Reservoir". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ashland State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ishkanian, Ellen (November 10, 2012). "Ashland State Park reopening next year". Boston.com (Globe Newspaper Company). Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ McGagh, Ken (June 22, 2013). "Ashland State Park reopens". MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.: GateHouse Media). Retrieved August 21, 2013. 

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