|Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Headquarters||251 Causeway Street, Boston|
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is a state agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, situated in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. It is best known for its parks and parkways, formerly belonging to the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Under Governor Mitt Romney, the MDC and DEM were merged to form the DCR. As of May 23, 2007 the Commissioner of the DCR is Rick Sullivan.
The DCR is under the general management of the Commissioner of the DCR. The general administration divisions; Human Resources Division, the Financial Division, and External and Legislative Affairs, report directly to the Commissioner. Additionally, five operating units, under the general direction of a Deputy Commissioner of Operations, carry out the day to work and project execution of the agency. The five operating units are:
The Bureau of State Parks and Recreation is responsible for the maintenance and management of over 450,000 acres (1,820 km2) of privately and state-owned forests and parks, nearly 10% of the Commonwealth's total land mass. Within the lands managed by the Bureau of State Parks and Recreation are some 29 campgrounds, over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of trails, 87 beaches, 37 swimming, wading, and spray pools, 62 playgrounds, 55 ballfields, 145 miles (233 km) of paved bike and rail trails and once private homes and estates that are now a part of the DCR's Curatorship Program.
The Bureau of Urban Parks and Recreation is responsible for the maintenance and management of a variety of environments within the Greater Boston area, including urban wilds, historic sites, and other naturally aesthetic or significant environmental properties. The origins of the collective environments in the bureau date back to the creation of the Metropolitan Park Commission in 1893, forming the first such regional system in the United States. The jurisdiction of the bureau is referred to by the DCR as the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston.
The Bureau of Water Supply Protection is responsible for the protection and management of drinking supply watersheds for the Greater Boston area. This bureau monitors lakes and ponds, well drillers, and rainfall throughout the Commonwealth.
The Bureau of Engineering provides professional engineering, design, and construction management services in support of DCR properties. In addition to providing engineering services for over 450,000 acres (1,800 km2) of parks, forests, watersheds, beaches, 340 dams, and numerous recreational facilities, the Bureau of Engineering also manages over 525 lane miles of parkways and nearly 300 bridges and tunnels notable for their landmark stature and importance in the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Bridge ownership and management for non-pedestrian structures was transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in 2009.
The Bureau operates under the direction of a Chief Engineer and is sub-divided into six operating units:
The Bureau is responsible for the management of the majority of the DCR's $150–200 Million annual capital budget.
The Bureau Engineering manages and/or operates a number of parkways across the Commonwealth, including:
The Bureau of Engineering managed and/or operated a number of bridges across the Commonwealth prior to November 2009. All non-pedestrian bridges were transferred to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on November 1, 2009 as part of a transportation reform law. However, a certain number of bridges listed in the act creating MassDOT will not be officially transferred until completion of DCR work associated with them, with a deadline of December 31, 2014 set for final transfer. Bridges formerly under the DCR, with the exception of pedestrian bridges still managed by the department and listed here, include:
The Bureau of Engineering owns and manages and/or operates a number of dams and flood control facilities across the Commonwealth, including: