Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 20, 2013

Dive into summer

Pomps Pond ushers in new season


For starters, the Shawsheen River Watershed Association is celebrating summer’s arrival and the Pomps Pond re-opening with a paddle Friday, June 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Boats and gear will be available while a campfire will be cooking s’mores. A live band will perform at the free event.

All summer, the town will be offering its popular Beach Buddies program, during which children can take swim lessons, along with enjoying boating, beach activities, arts and crafts, nature walks and weekly cookouts. The week-long sessions range in cost from $145 for half-day programs to $190 for longer days.

For those looking for a new activity at the pond, stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is being offered by East Coast Style SUP. In addition, ages 7 to 12 can sign up for week-long morning paddleboarding instructional sessions, which cost $150 for a week. But hurry, as the second session is already full. Each session is limited to just 10 students.

Next Thursday, June 27, East Coast Style SUP is hosting a Launch Night, and will give 30-minute lessons for all ages, followed by a cook-out with s’mores.

The town also offers boat rentals, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats, for use on Pomps Pond.

The concession stand sells hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, chips, ice cream and other refreshments and is open daily from noon until one hour before closing.

In short, there’s no reason to hear children wandering around the house this summer saying, “There’s nothing to do” or “I’m bored.” Just send them to Pomps Pond.

“It’s going to be another great summer,” Stamas said.


What: Recreation area featuring swimming, boating, picnicking and more; boat rentals available

Where: Off Abbot Street

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. daily, Saturday, June 22, through Aug. 18

Cost: $100 season pass, $60 for seniors; daily admission $5 weekdays, $10 weekends ($5 ages 13 and under); additional fees for boat rentals

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