On Friday morning DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo joined legislative and community members of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission at Carson Beach in South Boston for the release of “Breaking Barriers,” a report on improving public access to the metropolitan region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

The report is based on a series of public hearings and listening sessions focused on overcoming obstacles to beach access for people of color, people with disabilities, and people who do not speak English as their first language.

The report outlines several ways the state could make beaches in the Greater Boston area more inviting and inclusive by adding beach shuttles, wheelchair-friendly boardwalks, and installing multilingual signage. 

According to the report, which is available online at https://www.savetheharbor.org/breaking-barriers-reportthe Commission “found that our beaches have increasingly drawn residents who represent the rich diversity of our region. However, more progress is needed before we can say they are truly inclusive.”

The Commission will hold a public hearing in August to hear from DCR on their progress on the recommendations included in the report.


  1. Dave Nagle May 18, 2023 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Am I missing something. Aren’t the beaches open spaces no gates no fees nothing but open space and water. Do we have beach greeters who only greet certain groups. I’m confused when I walk the 3 miles of beaches in SB all.is see is open space and water what is”non-welcoming”?

    • Joe cook May 18, 2023 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      The DCR is the biggest dysfunctional organization in the state !!

  2. Karen Morris May 18, 2023 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Hiring Life guards would be a start – I am often surprised that there are No Life guards .

    • Maureen Dahill May 18, 2023 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      unfortunately there is a state wide lifeguard shortage.

  3. Frances Sharkey May 18, 2023 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    What a bunch of foolish people.Anyone can go to the beach .We are not all one big happy group on the beach .We are each with family friends whatever.You make your time at the beach fun what do the other people on the beach matter? Inclusive on the beach????? Are so many people really this foolish

    • Joe Cappuccio May 19, 2023 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      The, MWRA, released untreated raw sewerage into the harbor this has happened more than once. We may not be able to use the beach if this happens again. I am sure Governor Healey will help with this environmental accident.

  4. Suzie May 18, 2023 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Give me a break, Inclusive at the beach! Why are these idiots always playing the race card to stir up trouble? Get a life. Everyone is welcome at ALL beaches!

  5. Yo, Why The Sand… May 21, 2023 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    ….gotta be White, yo?!?

  6. Danny May 25, 2023 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Last years Memorial Day Riot was very inclusive . i saw nothing but minorities attacking people and The State Police. That Riot was very inclusive.

  7. Maureen McCarthy May 28, 2023 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    How about learning the language of the place where you decided to settle?

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