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Wright’s Pond

ANTICIPATED OPEN DATE: June 24, 2017
PASSES NOW ON SALE!

Spend your day swimming, picnicking, and resting in the sand at Wright’s Pond, located on Elm Street in North Medford. The pond is open daily from 10 AM until one-half hour before dusk. To access Wright’s Pond, visitors must obtain a season pass. Walk-in passes and vehicle passes are available for purchase:


Walk-In Pass:
 $20 (admits 1-3 people)
Vehicle Sticker: $50
Vehicle Sticker – Seniors 62 and over: $30
Vehicle Sticker – Handicap placard: $30

 

How to Purchase a Pass

Passes will be on sale beginning June 1, 2017

Online

  1. To start, go to MCC ebill
  2. You will need to either create a new account, or sign in if you already have one
  3. Once signed in, select ‘Beach Sticker’ and fill out all required information
  4. Once you have submitted your payment*, an email will be sent to you with a temporary 5-day pass
  5. Your permanent pass will be mailed to you promptly

*This is a free service when paying with a checking or savings account; there is a fee of about $1.80 when paying with a credit or debit card. Your name and license plate number will be matched to the Auto Excise Tax Bill File. If they do not match then you will have to apply in mail or in person.

By Mail

Please fill out this form, and mail with check and required copies to:

Treasurer/Collector Office
Medford City Hall, Room 108
85 George P. Hassett Dr. Medford, MA 02155

Please include the following information:

  • If purchasing a vehicle pass, please provide a copy of your vehicle registration and your driver’s license
  • If purchasing a walk-in pass, please provide proof of Medford residency such as a copy of your driver’s license, Massachusetts ID, or utility bill

In person

Stop by Room 108 at Medford City Hall to purchase a pass in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office. In-person payments can be made by cash or check only. Please provide the following information:

  • If purchasing a vehicle pass, please provide a copy of your vehicle registration and your driver’s license
  • If purchasing a walk-in pass, please provide proof of Medford residency such as a copy of your driver’s license, Massachusetts ID, or utility bill

 

Renting Wright’s Pond for Birthday Parties and Other Events

Interested in holding a birthday party at Wright’s Pond?

  • All parties must be reserved in advance and should be scheduled between 11am-2pm or 3-6pm.
  • There is a $50 fee for 20 or fewer attendees.
  • The person reserving the birthday party must have either a walk-in or vehicle pass)
  • Only 4 vehicles per party are allowed

You can reserve a party at Wright’s Pond by logging into your account on Rec1. If you do not already have an account, follow this link and create one.

  1. Once logged into Rec1, click on the ‘Facility Rentals’ tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the ‘Make a Reservation’ calendar.
  2. Locate the date on which you’d like to hold a party and click on it on the calendar
  3. Use the drop-down menu under ‘Select Rate’ to pick your desired time slot
  4. The ‘Select Time’ fields will fill in automatically once the rate is selected
  5. Click on the green box that says ‘Add to Cart’.
  6. Proceed to checkout and follow steps there to pay by credit or debit.

Once you complete the transaction, a receipt will be emailed to you.  The day and time will be held in your name and you are officially booked.

Wright’s Pond Rules and Regulations

  1. Operating hours: 10 AM to 1/2 hour before sunset.
  2. Only patrons with a Wrights Pond parking or walk-in pass are admitted. (Driver’s license and/or RMV registration does NOT constitute a valid pass.)
  3. Vehicle parking pass must be affixed to the driver’s side front window.
  4. Recreation (walk-in) pass must be carried with patron at all times.
  5. Recreation (walk-in) pass holders may admit up to 2 guests per pass.
  6. Fishing is only allowed in non-swimming areas with a state fishing license.
  7. Children under 7 years old or less than four feet tall must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in a swim suit at all times. While in the water, the parent or guardian must remain within an arm’s reach at all times.
  8. Only infants and toddlers are allowed in opposite sex locker rooms unless granted approval by the pool staff.
  9. All children under the age of 4 must wear a swimsuit diaper or plastic pants. No cloth or disposable diapers are allowed.
  10. NO patrons under the influence of alcohol or narcotics will be admitted.
  11. NO open fires are BBQ grills.
  12. NO alcohol
  13. NO glass items
  14. NO smoking
  15. NO swimming in unmarked areas
  16. NO swimming without lifeguard
  17. NO pets. Guide/service dogs are allowed, but not in the water.
  18. NO foul abusive language or disruptive behavior.
  19. NO boats
  20. Children under 13 must have an adult present at all times.

Accessibility
Learn about how Wright’s Pond is accessible for those in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues.


Please note that a new law has been passed in Massachusetts concerning flotation devices: 

General Laws
CHAPTER 111 PUBLIC HEALTH Section 127A.5 Requirement of personal flotation devices for municipal and recreational programs and camps for minor children; determination of swimming ability

[Text of section added by 2012, 153, Sec. 3 effective October 16, 2012.]
Section 127A1/2. (a) The department of public health shall adopt rules or regulations requiring municipal and recreational programs and camps for minor children under its jurisdiction to have a system in place to have Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices of Type I, II or III available to non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers who will be present in a swimming or diving area, excluding swimming pools, wading pools and other artificial bodies of water.

(b) A determination shall be made of each minor’s swimming ability at the first swimming session at municipal and recreational programs and camps in order to identify and classify non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers. Minors attending a municipal or recreational program or camp shall then be confined to swimming areas consistent with the limits of their swimming skills or to swimming areas requiring lesser skills than those for which they have been classified.

(c) No municipal or recreational program or camp for minor children shall refuse, decline or otherwise prohibit a parent, guardian or person with custody of a minor from providing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device of Type I, II or III to such municipal or recreational program or camp to be used by the minor for the duration of the minor’s attendance at such camp.

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