CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Three western Massachusetts parks were so full on the 4th of July, they had to turn people away. 22News discovered why and if that could be the case again this weekend.
There was plenty of room to lounge around at the local park beaches on Friday, but Saturday you might want to save a spot early.
Chicopee State Park, Hampton Ponds in Westfield and Gardner State Park in Huntington all reached their capacity on July 4th. The parks with ponds had lots of space on Friday, but that may not be the case this weekend.
"When it's not so crowded it's a lot more relaxing," said Glen Gemme of Ludlow. "Lot less noise, more room for the kids to play, and a lot more relaxing when it's less crowded."
The reason people were getting turned away from the park wasn't necessarily the amount of people on the beach, but the amount of people in the water. Lifeguards need to watch everyone who's swimming.
Park supervisors told 22News one lifeguard should only be watching 25 to 30 people at a time, once they reach their limit, they can't let anyone else in the water. The lifeguards also clear the water a few times a day for random checks.
These parks with ponds are run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and usually open at 10:00AM and close at 7:00PM. For a list of all the state parks, you can click here.