The Town of Wellesley Recreation Department has designed a summer plan for Morses Pond beach and park to allow residents limited use of the facilities and swimming in an unguarded swim area. The detailed plan was developed in partnership with the Wellesley Police and Fire Departments, Board of Selectmen, Natural Resources Commission, Department of Public Works, Health Department, Facilities Management Department and the Town’s Legal Counsel.
To maintain safety and ensure the current COVID-19 restrictions are followed, the Morses Pond beach and park will be managed by park rangers on a daily basis for the summer season. The season is expected to begin on Monday, June 8 and run through August 16, 2020; the area will be open to residents only and specific procedures are in place.
To access the beachfront, all residents must reserve a spot or “blanketing area” on the beach by pre-registering online for two (2) hour blocks of time through the Recreation Department website www.wellesleyma.gov/recreation, There is NO CHARGE for the two hour reservation. Please remember to create a username/password for the registration system a few days prior to your beach day. Resident households may only register for one two-hour block per day.
Up to 10 people will be allowed in each 24' x 24' blanketing area. There are 20 blanketing areas that can be reserved; each area is marked and separated by 12 feet. Beach goers will need to provide proof of residency (ex: license, car registration or utility bill) when they enter through the Turner Road gate.
Parking in the Morses Pond lot is limited to 60 spaces with 40 spaces for residents who are signed up for pre-registered time blocks (each household may bring two cars to accommodate a possible 10- person group). The remaining 20 parking spots will be reserved for residents who are using the park and trails for walking and biking. Those users will also be required to show proof of residency to enter through the Turner Road gate and park in the lot. Walkers and bikers who want to access the beach also need to pre-register. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by pre-registered residents
Social distancing and face coverings will be required on the beach according to the Governor's orders:
All visitors to parks and open space, should comply with COVID-19 Order 31: Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The order requires any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so.