This summertime favorite features a sandy beach beside a chlorinated and filtered pool built into the Arlington…More Reservoir, which straddles the Arlington-Lexington line on the north end of town. The beach is open from 10 a.m. to dusk, late June 22 to late August and is supervised by certified life guards.
Beach-goers must buy a tag to enter the facility and present proof of residency to avoid paying an out-of-town fee. Summer passes are also available, and swimming lessons are provided for a fee. For full information, go to the Recreation Department's website.
The beach park also has a small sandy playground with swings and slides. Bikes, pets, ball playing, throwing discs and toys are prohibited in the beach area. Children under 12 must have adult supervision.
The beach is also on a 0.9-mile path that circles the reservoir and connects with Hurd Field, a park off Drake Road with two baseball diamonds and a soccer field, and Rindge Park, a shady Lexington park with a small playground overlooking the reservoir.
Squeezed between the Minuteman bikeway and the Arlington Reservoir, Hurd Field includes a large playing field and two…More small baseball diamonds with lights for night play. The park is also a short walk from Reservoir Beach along the reservoir path.
On-street parking is available on Drake Road and Massachusetts Avenue. A porta potty is located near the parking lot off Drake Road.
Organized teams must request a field permit from the Arlington Recreation Department by calling 781-316-3880 before using town fields. Closed during inclement weather, call 781-316-3886 for field closure information.
Framed by picturesque Spy Pond on one side and the Minuteman Bikeway on the other, this skinny parkway has pretty…More much everything: picnic benches, small sandy beaches, swans and Canada geese (don't feed them), a boat launch for crew teams and stone steps to the pond for those who want to dip their feet.
In the mid-19th century, Spy Pond was the site of a major ice-harvesting operation, with trains carrying ice from the pond to the harbor and Boston for transport to ports throughout the world. It was also home to powder house of the Arlington militia.
Today, Spy Pond Park is home to the Yood Park playground, which includes swings, slides and a jungle gym on woodchips. Parking is available in a lot off Pond Lane, but the spaces fill up quickly on a nice day. The Arlington Rowing Club keeps its boats on the opposite side of the bikeway and uses the pond for practices.
The park is a short walk from the Spy Pond Playground, which includes several playing fields and tennis courts.
Alcohol, cookouts, swimming and golf are prohibited.