Thank you, beach members, for another safe and happy summer at Stiles Pond! Many people worked many hours toward this end, not only to make the summer successful, but also to help me personally in my first year as Beach Director. I have a lot of people to thank:
The beach members who volunteered their time to help out with projects, or donated much-needed items for pond use; Paul Jarosiewicz, outgoing Beach Director, whose diligence and organization set us up for success this year; Suzanne Malach, whose guidance was invaluable; the staff at Institution for Savings, who patiently corrected my basic math errors all summer long; Lisa Novack, my dear friend, "Stiles Sister," and social media guru; the awesome Snack Shack staff; who scooped about a million slushies and persevered through all the kitchen issues throughout this very hot summer; our tremendous and hard-working lifeguards (including Tom Cashin, who is "retiring." We will miss him but know he will be great in his next adventure!); the entire Cashin family, who is always willing to help when you need them; everyone at Town Hall, including Alan Benson, Susan Inman, Kendell Luongo, and Mary Ann Nay; the amazing John Dold and Eric Wendell at the DPW who were ever on-call to problem-solve; the Boxford Police and Fire Departments, whose vigilance and expertise in the community is unmatched; and of course to the BAA Board and devoted volunteers who work TIRELESSLY year-round to see that Boxford kids have safe spaces to play and learn and grow - including Stiles Pond Beach, which is a treasure and a gift.
We have a great town! Thanks, Everyone! See you in 2019!
Please note: Effective immediately, children under age 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent, guardian, caregiver, or supervising adult at Stiles Pond. Under no circumstances should any child under the age of 14 years old be dropped off at the beach without an adult present. Thank you.
Stiles Pond Beach, just off Main Street, with some of the cleanest fresh water in eastern Massachusetts, is the place to meet friends and neighbors in this relaxed and fun atmosphere during the hot months of June, July and August. Membership to the Keith Koster Park at Stiles Pond is offered to residents of Boxford only, for a nominal fee.
Registration is ongoing throughout the season. Proof of residency or town employment is required. Stiles Pond Beach Hours are weather permitting.
The beach association's dedicated volunteers, staff, and lifeguards run the beach during the summer months, and there are always plenty of fun things to do. There are canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to use, all free of charge. A concession stand serving hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and slush is open during prime time hours. There's a basketball and volleyball area, a playground for the children, docks, floats and plenty of picnic tables. Family picnics, birthday parties, and cookouts are a tradition at Keith Koster Park.
Stiles Pond Beach offers swimming lessons by certified Red Cross instructors. Swimmers will be evaluated and placed in the appropriate swim group. During Swim Lessons, only participants in the lessons are allowed in the water.
PLEASE READ THE BROCHURE FOR ALL FEES AND RULES. THE LIFEGUARDS ARE EMPOWERED TO REVOKE OR SUSPEND A MEMBER'S PRIVILEGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF ANY OF THE REGULATIONS.
Most years, the Beach operates exclusively by the fees that the membership pay and no tax dollars are spent towards improvements or maintenance; however, in 2018, the town generously voted to finance some much-needed safety improvements to the beloved Snack Shack. The Beach Committee has worked hard over the years to make Keith Koster Park something we can all be proud of. We look forward to seeing everyone this summer. If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact the Beach Director.
Pond registration is available during pond hours. Please see the Beach Director or a lifeguard to register. Membership and swim lessons fees are payable by cash or check (we are unable to process credit cards).
Membership is limited to Boxford residents and town employees. Registrants are required to show proof of residency or town employment when picking up wristbands from lifeguards.
Stiles Pond Beach will be open on the weekend of June 16-17, 2018. The beach will be open afternoons only (3-8pm) June 18-22.
The Beach will open full-time on the weekend of June 23-24, 2018, and remain open, weather and beach conditions permitting, through Labor Day weekend.
The Snack Shack remains closed at this time due to renovations in the building. The bathrooms ARE open. We hope to open the Shack for full service on June 23rd! Check back here for updates.
Family membership: $155
Single membership: $65
Senior rates (age 62 and older): $20 per person
Guests (must be accompanied by a member): $5 per person
Boxford resident non-member day pass: $25 per day (up to 4 people); $5 each additional person
BEACH HOURS 2018
June 23-August 5: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10am-8pm
Aug 6-September 3: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm; Sunday 10am-7pm
Red Cross swim lessons are available at the pond. Please see the Beach Director or a lifeguard to enroll, or for additional information. Lessons will be held beginning July 9th, and are organized by ability. The cost is $90/swimmer for members, $100/swimmer for non-members (maximum cost $200/family). During swim lessons, the beach will open to all swimmers at 11:30am. Only those students enrolled in the Red Cross program may swim during the lesson period. Class size is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
We are looking forward to a great summer. See you at the pond!