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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Families park in Pelham

By Michael Kelley

In the dog days of summer, Pelham residents can cool off in a little slice of paradise that's just for them. Pelham Veteran's Memorial Park, just off of Mammoth Road before the state line, is home to the town beach, summer camps, and all sorts of fun activities for residents of the town.

"We have 200 feet of sandy beach on Long Pond. The pond is mostly in Dracut and Tyngsboro, but we're lucky to have this piece of it," said Kathy Carr, who works in the Pelham Recreation Department.

The beach is open to residents only, although summer camps held at the park have sometimes filled out its rosters with kids from nearby towns.

"Our summer camp runs for six weeks, from July 5 to Aug. 16, for kids ages 6 to 14," Carr said. "We have a lot of activities for each age group, such as nature trails, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking. We also try to have at least one optional field trip for each age group once a week."

Teens and tweeners take note, the older age groups' trips include Water Country and a New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball game.

Carr said that while an exact figure isn't known, the beach always draws a steady crowd during the sunny days of summer. "We usually draw between 260 and 300 kids for the camp."

The park has been a cornerstone of the Recreation Department for more than a quarter century. Some of the kids who play Tot Soccer at the park this year are watched by parents that kicked the ball on the same field years back.

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