Updates will be posted here and on social media as they become available.
Hale remains open for public recreation, but may close on any given day as use patterns change. Please check our homepage for the current status.
Based on Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13 that took effect March 24, parks are not required to close. However, due to the threat of community spread, the following policies supersede our regular visitor guidelines and may be enforced in conjunction with local authorities:
- Do not visit Hale if you feel ill or have been recently exposed to someone who is ill.
- Visitors must wear masks or face coverings, in alignment with the Governor’s emergency order on May 1.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. Do not convene groups of friends and family members.
- Park only in marked spaces and return at a later time if lots are full. Hale may limit the number of vehicles in parking lots.
- Practice social distancing during your visit (at a minimum, maintain 7–10 feet of space between other visitors).
- Do not use playgrounds and avoid touching surfaces, including common holds such as rocks and trees. Consider trekking poles for balance.
- Maintain good health etiquette. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow. Avoid touching your face, and wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after your visit.
- Dog owners are required to leash pets at all times and are reminded to properly bag and dispose of pet waste. Additionally:
- All owners and their dogs should practice social distancing, and should provide appropriate space for others and/or their dogs to pass when necessary. Social distancing for dogs means that dogs not part of the same household should be kept at least six feet apart and avoid interacting with other dogs and other people from other households.
- Owners should not share their dog toys, treats, or other materials with dogs from other households.
Owners should supply their own water for their dog. Dogs should not consume water from ponds or streams.
We need your help to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff members, and property. Thank you for doing your part to end this pandemic.
While Hale’s physical office is closed, we remain open for business thanks to a dedicated team that is working remotely. You can contact us however you would have prior to the pandemic (by email, phone, etc.), so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question, need to register for camp, or would like to book a program. Hale’s staff will continue to work from home until the risk of community spread is mitigated.
All of Hale’s on-site public events are canceled until further notice. Visit our Events page for details.
Hale Day Camp, Hale Summer Club, and Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures currently expect to deliver all regularly scheduled programs and events this summer. Should that change, updates will be posted here and communicated directly to participants.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who continues to support Hale during this public health crisis. We are doing our best to support you in turn! As you may know, Hale began as a gift. Since March 11, 1918, we’ve relied on your generosity. It’s through your philanthropy that our programs serve more than 15,000 children and families from more than 70 communities throughout the Greater Boston Area. Now more than ever, we encourage you to make a gift to our Annual Fund.