NARA Park in Acton, MA

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Boston North West

I thought I would do a series of highlights of Acton, Massachusetts. I've lived here for over 20 years, and sometimes I take things for granted that are special about this place. If anyone is considering a move to this area, Acton has is a lot to offer. Here is the first in the series:


water slide

The Acton Recreation department had a great beach party at NARA Park last night. I shared the experience with my 4 year old granddaughter, who loved it. She did the water slides, danced to the live music, then helped me paddle a canoe around the pond. (Note to self: remind her next time not to stand up in the canoe.)

NARA (short for North Acton Recreation Area) park is a local gem. The small man-made pond has a sandy beach, snack bar, and boats (paddle and canoe) for your use. A volleyball net is set up on the beach, too. There are several playing fields and an amphitheater/pavillion.  

In addition to daily swimming, fishing, picnicing, and paddle boating, they have special events all year round.  During the summer there are concerts and movies; in Spetember is "Acton Day", and in winter there is a "Winterfest."

Probably the best known event is the Fourth of July fireworks display.   

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Deb Nicholls, ABR, e-PRO, LMC

Keller Williams Boston Northwest  200 Baker Ave Ste 205 Concord, MA 01742
978-429-4036 (direct/VM/fax)

2009 Member of the Year, Women's Council of Realtors, Central Middlesex

Comments (2)

Nara fisher

Are you sure it is man made? 

Jul 25, 2009 02:03 PM
Deb Nicholls
Keller Williams Boston North West - Acton, MA
Realtor - ABR, LCM, e-Pro

I wouldn't say that I'm 100% sure, but I remember when NARA was being developed, and I thought they were creating the pond. Maybe they took a small pond or quarry and enalrged it and built the beach. Here is a summary of Acton geography that I found ( I added the bolding):

The current geography of Acton was created when the last wave of glaciers retreated appoximately ten thousand years ago. Acton has nine drumlins - hills which are composed of glacial till. In addition, Wills Hole and Grassy Pond are kettle ponds which were formed in depressions in the till formed by large blocks of ice.

Acton has two primary stream systems: the Nashoba Brook system including the incoming streams Butter Brook, Will's Hole Brook and Conant Brook and the Fort Pond Brook system including the incoming streams Guggins Brook, Inch Brook, Grassy Pond Brook, Pratt's Brook and Coles Brook. Both stream systems empty into the Assabet River. Acton borders on Nagog Pond in the North and it contains a small artificial pond at Nara Park.

Jul 26, 2009 02:27 AM

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