Great news for our state parks thanks to your hard work!

2023 First Day Hike at the Fells with the Department of Conservation and Recreation

On Wednesday, August 9, Governor Healey signed a $56.2 billion Fiscal Year 2024 budget from the state legislature that included $105.6 million for Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR) operations. This allocation for our state parks provides a $20.6 million increase from last year’s budget.

Friends of the Fells worked with partners throughout the budget cycle to advocate for our state parks. “This result shows that our collective efforts paid off, and that Governor Healey and her team recognize the important role parks play in the health and well being of everyone in the Commonwealth,” said FOF Executive Director Chris Redfern. “We’re also grateful our partners in the state legislature came together and delivered for our parks, which are key to protecting biodiversity and addressing climate change.”

We thank all of our park advocates who made your voices heard and contributed to this win!