Where to Beat the Heat in and Around Somerville This Week

Temperatures will be close to 100 this week, and the city's main pools aren't open yet. Here are some places to cool down the kids.

Temperatures are may reach about 97 degrees on Wednesday and 99 degrees on Thursday, with things cooling to a frigid 91 on Friday—althouth temperatures may stay slightly cooler in the Boston area.

Somerville's two main pools,   and , aren't open yet.

Latta Brothers Pool is scheduled to open on June 23, and Dilboy Memorial Pool opens on July 1, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation website.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook due to the expected heat. If you have kids who need to cool down in some water, here are some places to go.

If you know of another place to cool down in or around Somerville, let people know by leaving a comment below.

  • : Run by the Somerville school system for the entire Somerville community, this pool has family swims, adult lap swimming and swimming lessons. Call (617) 625-6600, extension 6676, for more information.
  • East Cambridge: North Point Spray Deck—Located in North Point park across from the Museum of Science in Cambridge, this spray deck—where the kids can run through water—opened May 26 and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Belmont: Beaver Brook Spray Deck—680 Trapelo Rd. Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Paula Woolley June 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
1. Several city parks have sprinklers that are turned on: Albion St. Park, Lexington St. Park (only one sprinkler), the newly renovated park halfway down Craigie Street, Walnut St. Park, and probably others. 2. Walden Pond. Beautiful, but the parking lot closes for a few hours once it's reached capacity. Before driving out, you should call to see if it's closed/ when it will reopen. Parking $5. Closes at dusk. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/planYourVisit.htm 3. Wedge Pond in Winchester has a pond for swimming with an adjacent splash park that charges a daily fee (per person) or you can buy a membership for unlimited use. If the parking lot is full, you can park on either side of the street. (When there are swim lessons there, the lot can get crowded; very peaceful otherwise): http://www.winrec.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=728:splash-park-and-borggaard-beach-at-wedge-pond&catid=30:borggaard-beach-swimming-programs-&Itemid=56 4. Sandy Beach on Mystic Lake, run by the DCR, so may not be open with life guards yet. (Also, the water quality is often poor, and the cleanliness of the beach sand can vary, so I haven't been swimming here for years. But some Yelp reviewers claim it's improved.) Free parking and free swimming, large picnic area and grassy field. Extra overflow parking lot across the street, with a pedestrian crosswalk, and other small lots farther down the street towards Medford.
Chris Orchard (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Those are excellent ideas! Thanks for sharing.
julie katz June 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Revere Beach is 1-2 blocks from the Blue Line T station. Carson Beach in Dorchester is a 10-15 minute walk from the JFK/Columbia Red Line station. Just check to see that both beaches are open. I think both have bathrooms. And on-street parking. Also, I would call the Dept. of Parks and Recreation- and our city and state officials- and request that they open the pools early. It's amazing what can be done when people try. Don't forget LIBRARIES- you could even go to nearby cities that are part of the Minuteman Library network, for a change, and you can easily borrow their books, videos, etc., Arlington's library is on Mass Ave (several bus choices), Cambridge has several branches. There are matine' movies at Davis Sq. and Capitol Cinemas, free days at museums (check the Som. Pub. Libraries for free passes that might not be reserved)...Boston Public Library- an amazing place, always open, always cool...and there's always a long ride on the T to cool off and amuse younger kids...riding all the way to Braintree and back kills a lot of time. Or take a ride on the Green Line all the way to Riverside- the scenery is lush and green, and it's a good 1/2 hour from Boston. Pick up a cheap camera ($5 at Dollar Stores) and take the kids on a picture-taking excursion- even on the subway. Being outdoors in 100 degree, muggy weather is probably not the best idea, IMHO.
Dana June 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I'd try the pool at www.goswimmingboston.com. Right near the Museum of Science. Easily accessible via T too.


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