The new bathhouse at Houghton's Pond in Milton opened Monday. Photo by Natalie Feulner. View more photos here.
Amid songs about summer and sunshine playing on the loudspeakers, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Deval Patrick, and others officially opened the new bathhouse at Houghton’s Pond in Milton.
The $4 million rehabilitation project includes a new 4,500 square foot bathhouse with 23 toilets, a lifeguard room, and a first aid room, in addition to other environmental and structural features.
“(Houghton’s Pond) is truly a treasure and it’s being brought to the next level,” said State Representative Walter Timilty, a Milton Democrat.
Erosion control including new plants and landscaping fills the area and a “universally accessible” nature boardwalk will soon be completed along nearby Marigold Marsh.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, Houghton’s Pond and the bathhouse regularly hosts as many as 100,000 visitors a summer.
John Sheehan, president of the Friends of the Blue Hills organization, said in a speech before the ribbon cutting that the pond is the “gateway” to area residents exploring the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation.
“This facility will serve generations to come,” he added.
Patrick said the new three-season building will allow more visitors to enjoy the park and is a great example of his administration’s work to restore recreation spaces.
“This is a reinvestment project for the next generation,” he said after the ribbon cutting.
The new building features skylights and is bright and airy. The blue and white cinderblock walls keep it cool inside, and the pond’s lifeguards and staff have a separate area closed to the public.
By fall, the DCR plans to open the nature boardwalk and will have educational panels installed throughout the area.
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