Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 22, 2012

Sports from the community


The Andover Townsman

---- — 30 years of Heseltine hockey tourney

The Heseltine Hockey tournament will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

The tournament is held over Thanksgiving weekend at the Phillips Academy rinks.

Getting some exercise at Crane’s beach in off-season

With warmer weather officially behind us, The Trustees of Reservations, which own and manage Crane Beach, offers some reminders for its beach walkers, horse back riders, and bird watchers.

Beach hours of operation and staffing: The beach is open year-round, daily, 8 a.m. to sunset. Staff is on-site daily during the operating hours, including at the beach gate on weekends and during weekday peak visitation. The beach will be regularly patrolled and a dedicated phone number will be available for assistance.

Beach fees through May 26, 2013: Free for member beach-parking sticker holders; $4 for members without a sticker; $8 for nonmembers. Admission fees after 3 p.m. are half-price. All beach fees apply daily and help to support the work of The Trustees, including the ongoing management, maintenance and care of special places like Crane Beach and its 106 other properties on the North Shore and across the state.

Dogs and horses: Dogs are welcome at Crane Beach from Oct. 1 through March 31 through the Green Dogs permit program. Horseback riding is permitted on the beach below the high tide line Oct. 1 through March 31. A horse van sticker is required. Visit The Trustees website for permits or more information.

Trails and facilities: Over 5.5 miles of trails traverse dunes and track the beachfront on both the Ipswich Bay and Essex River Estuary sides of the Castle Neck peninsula. These trails are part of the Bay Circuit Trail and offer moderate hiking. Portable toilets (located outside bathhouses) are available in the off-season.

Conservation: The beach is managed for both recreation and conservation – people and ecology. Crane Beach is among the world’s most important stopovers for migratory birds, providing crucial foraging and resting spots. In winter months, it is known for abundant groupings of seabirds as well as an occasional sighting of a snowy owl.

For current beach conditions or more information, visit thetrustees.org/beach or call 978-412-2589 (weekends) or 978-356-4351, ext. 4036 (weekdays).