Recreation and outdoor AcTIVITIES in Stoneham
spot pond boating and fishing
Experience a beautiful day fishing or boating on Spot Pond, which is part of the state park system. See the Boating in Boston site for details on hours and rental fees for boats. Because the pond is an emergency reservoir, outside boats and swimming are not allowed, but visitors can swim at the nearby Hall Pool. Named Spot Pond by Governor John Winthrop in 1632, the pond served the local Massachusett tribe as a fresh water source and fishing ground long before that.
the middlesex fells
Almost a third of Stoneham is taken up with one of the crown jewels of Massachusetts, the 2575-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation. Miles of trails are open for walking, hiking, climbing, biking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Or take your dog to the Sheepfold for some off-leash exercise. Before being preserved for recreation at the end of the 19th century, the Fells area provided timber, granite, ice, and water power for mills.
The Tri-Community Greenway connects Stoneham to Winchester's Wedgemere Station via Woburn. The 7-mile trail, constructed by MassDOT is ADA-compliant, allowing those with mobility issues to access the trail. Many parts in Stoneham provide a beautiful oasis.
swimming & youth sports
The Hall Memorial Pool and splash pad for younger children are run by the Stoneham Boys & Girls Club and open seasonally. Day and season passes are available. The new Recreation Department offers a number of activities. Stoneham also is the home of a large number of youth sports and recreation opportunities ranging from baseball and football to hockey and dance, and a number of active Boys and Girls Scout troops. Check out the Stoneham Recreation page for info on youth, adult and senior community activities.