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I would love to go swimming someplace outdoors on one of these hot days. I know Walden Pond; what are some other good local places for outdoor swimming?

Date: 2009-08-01 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Arlington Res is okay. It's a short walk from the 77 bus. You have to buy a pass. I'm not sure if you need to be a resident - I don't think you do.

Date: 2009-08-02 03:24 am (UTC)
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I don't think you have to buy a pass -- I think it's something like $5 for each visit. Not sure if it's Arlington residents only, though: I don't remember having to show ID, but that was a couple of years ago.

There's also the pool near Rindge/Alewife, which is free, but, well, you get the crowds that come with a free pool.

Date: 2009-08-02 04:41 am (UTC)
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Do they still have the lifeguards who scream at you if you get within ten feet of the other side/kid's area/anything at all? After my first visit, I followed the time-honored Arlingtonian tradition of sneaking around the fence after dark to use it. They don't seem to understand the concept of being near-sighted; pointing out that it's easier to avoid things if you can actually see them just garnered more screaming. I was thoroughly unimpressed. Also, it's only about six feet deep at it's deepest point, which you aren't allowed to swim in because it's "too close" to the other side.

Date: 2009-08-02 04:17 pm (UTC)
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i would say spy pond (usually), but i believe it's a really bad idea right now due to insanely high algae counts which cause skin rashes, etc.

Date: 2009-08-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Puffer's Pond in Amherst MA. Then there was this little plunge pool off a waterfall in Whately MA --- nobody but me and some coyotes ever went there. Very nice.

Hope you find a nice place!


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