Shrewsbury gears up for summer at Dean Park

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SHREWSBURY – Normal operations at Shrewsbury’s sprawling Dean Park will slowly return this summer as the COVID-19 reopening process continues. 

In a notice published on May 18, the town confirmed that it is accepting July and August picnic permit reservations for the pavilions at Dean Park. 

The park’s picnic grove, the notice said, will become available for public use on select days beginning in July. Capacity will be limited to 100 people. 

Meanwhile, the picnic pavilion will further see its capacity increased back to its normal size around that time.

While the Park won’t be hosting large scale events this summer, the town is inviting small scale event planners to inquire about use of the Bandstand and other Dean Park facilities. 

Those planners will still need to submit a COVID-19 management plan with the town. 

As some spaces will be open for use, the Dean Park upper baseball field will be closed for renovations starting “on or about” June 28.

Outside of Dean Park permits, picnics and events, the Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department is planning a number of programs for local families.

“The Parks & Recreation Division looks forward to keeping people active and safe summer and enjoying the outdoors,” the May 18 notice read. 

Learn more at shrewsburyma.myrec.com/info.