Wrights Pond consists of 148 acres of protected open space for residents to enjoy beachfront space, fresh water swimming, a bath house with a concession area and permit parking. We welcome the community to take advantage of the true beauty Wrights Pond has to offer throughout the summer months.
In light of recent concerns regarding access limitations, the City of Medford will not prohibit entry into the Wrights Pond parking lot or beachfront during normal hours of operation, except if the parking lot is at capacity. If the designated swimming area of the pond reaches capacity based on the number of lifeguards on duty, the supervisor will instruct bathers to voluntarily exit the pond for a brief period of time to allow others to enter.
As Wrights Pond swimming area is delineated with ropes, we are enforcing the pool regulation developed pursuant to CMR 105 435.23(1) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to serve in the best interest of public safety for the citizens. In addition, it is stated that one lifeguard be provided for each 25 bathers.
The hours of operation during the summer months are from 10 AM until 1/2 hour before sunset. All residents must have a current, city issued Wrights Pond sticker on the vehicle. Any resident walking to the pond must have a valid walk-in pass. Both can be obtained online, in person at City Hall or by mail.
This policy change focuses on the overall safety of bathers and permits lifeguards to ensure the safety of all persons in the designated swimming area, allowing all to enjoy the scenic vista.