Swim & Splash Summer Fun in MetroWest
Cost: $8.00 / MA Vehicle $10 / Non-MA Vehicle
Park allows swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycling, and hiking. Waterfront currently unguarded until further notice
Parking pass required. No lifeguard on duty.
Learneds Pond (Shawnut Terrace off of Prindiville Avenue)
Saxonville Beach (Lake Road)
Lake Waushakum (Nipmuc Terrace)
Cost: $3.00 / Framingham Resident and $6.00 / Non-Resident
Lake Winthrop Stoddard Park (Norfolk St.)
Pleasure Point Beach (Pleasure Point Road) **RESIDENTS OF HOLLISTON ONLY**
Hours: July: 10:30am – 6 pm (weekends); 11am-5pm (weekdays)
August: 11am-6pm (weekends); 10:30am-5pm (weekdays)
Lifeguard-staffed. Beach stickers or day passes are required for entrance into the beach.
Cost: $8.00 / MA vehicle, $10.00 / non-MA vehicle
Swimming areas supervised by DCR lifeguards from late May through Labor Day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Boat launch in parking lot for residents use
Sandy Island Beach **RESIDENTS OF HOPKINTON ONLY**
Hours: 9am-7pm (Weekdays), 11am-7pm (Weekends and Holidays)
Cost: $5.00 Resident, $10 Non-Resident
Fully lifeguard staffed during those hours.
Hours: 9am-7pm Daily
The Cellucci Skate & Splash Park has been specifically designed with features for every age group. Children & adults alike will enjoy the playground, splash pad, sculpted in-ground skate park, bocce court, gazebo pavilion and picnic areas. The Park is also located just 500 feet from the Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT) where it crosses the intersection of South Street and Broad Street.
Cost: $10 / Vehicle (Non-Marlborough Residents), Free (Marlborough Residents)
Lifeguards on duty every day.
Hours: 12pm-6pm (Weekdays), 11am-7pm (Weekends)
Cost: Daily fees are $1 for children, $2 resident adult, and $3 non resident.
Hours: 10:30am-7pm (weekdays), 11am-7pm (weekends)
Cost: $8.00 / MA vehicle, $10.00 / non-MA vehicle
Cost: $5.00 / Resident, $10.00 / non-Resident
Fully lifeguard staffed. Swimming, boating, windsurfing, and fishing allowed; Jet skis not allowed on lake
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 12pm-6pm, Weekends 10am-4pm
Roughly the same dimensions as a basketball court, it offers several different water features such as bubblers, misters and geysers!
Hours: 5:30am-9pm (Weekdays), 7am-3:45pm (Weekends)
Cost: $9.00 / Residents, $10.00 / Non-Residents
Open year-round, indoor pool, fully-staffed with lifeguards
Hours: 10am-8pm (Through July), 10am-7pm (August)
Cost: $5.00 / Resident, $10 / Non-Resident
The Beach offers fresh water swimming, family events, sailboat, canoe and kayak rentals, a playground, sand volleyball court, half-court basketball, tetherball, sailing and swimming lessons, and ADA accessible kayak launch and dock. Other amenities include Free Parking, Outdoor Showers, Changing Rooms, Restrooms, and a Full Concession Stand.
Community Spotlight: Ashland
The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out. Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.
New England History
Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.
Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.
One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 7) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.
Special community events
Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August. Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.
Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland. In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.
Recreation & Sports
To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.
There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.