The town of Natick has announced that it is aiming to open Memorial Beach at Dug Pond for residents from July 11-Aug. 16. The beach will have lifeguards, and managers/restroom attendants will be staffing the beach as well.
Capacity on the beach will be limited to 90 people at a time, and you’ll need to pre-register online for 4 hour time-slots 1 week ahead of time (the online system is not up as of this writing).
“We expect courtesy and kindness of only registering for spots you know you will be using,” according to the Recreation & Parks department.
The cost will be $6 for adults, $4 for kids, $1 for seniors and free for those under 2. Whether there will be season or family passes hasn’t been determined, but the town is working on it.
Nearby communities have rolled out similar registration systems, with Wellesley slating free 2-hour swim-at-your-own-risk beach slots for Morses Pond for residents only, and Sherborn limiting those who pre-register to 2 or 2.5-hour slots.
Natick has also released its Summer 2.0 slate of programs for kids. The all-outdoors programs will be limited to 2 hours apiece, and adaptive programs will require an additional family member to be present.