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Spy Pond Park
50 Pond Ln, Arlington, MA 02474

Framed by picturesque Spy Pond on one side and the Minuteman Bikeway on the other, this skinny parkway has prettyMore 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.

Spy Pond Playground
99 Pond Ln, Arlington, MA 02474

This park includes a large soccer field, baseball diamond and four tennis courts; but, its most remarkable feature isMore the large concrete bleachers built into the hillside overlooking Spy Pond.

The field is also adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway and a few hundred feet from Spy Pond Park, which offers a playground, boat ramp, benches and a baseball diamond overlooking the pond.

Park hours are 5am to 9pm; tennis courts open at 9am on Sunday. Play on the courts is limited to one hour when other players are waiting.

Organized teams must request a field permit from the Arlington Recreation Department by calling 781-316-3880 before using town fields.

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