J. Turner Hood School Field 289 Haverhill St, North Reading, MA01864 The park behind the J. Turner Hood School features a baseball field with regulation 90-foot baselines. There also is a…More large open area and a paved pathway from the school's parking lot to the field. A small playground sits behind the school at the entrance to the baseball field. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
Killam Elementary School Field 333 Charles St, Reading, MA01867 This youth baseball and softball field doesn't have seating, so bring a chair if you're attending a game there. A nearby…More playground allows children to use the slides, climbing equipment and six swings. There is a bench for parents to relax and also an adjacent parking area for bikes.
Rams Athletic Complex 23 Concord St, North Reading, MA01864 Rams Athletic Complex is a 30,000-square-foot facility featuring a little league field, batting cages, a fitness area…More and birthday party rooms. It offers individual baseball and softball lessons, leagues, teams and camps. The field and batting cages are available for rental.
Glen Meadow Field 16 Edgemont Ave, Reading, MA01867 Adjacent to Alice Barrows Elementary School, Glen Meadow Field offers a youth baseball/soccer field, two tennis courts,…More a full basketball court and a playground complete with slides, swings and play apparatus. In winter, the hill at Glen Meadows is a popular spot for sledders. Organized groups must get a permit to reserve playing fields.
Symonds Way 80 Symonds Way, Reading, MA01867 Situated next to Burbank Ice Arena, Symonds Way includes a picturesque baseball field adjacent to wooded areas. There is…More a scoreboard in right field. The field does not have any outfield fences, but a left-handed power hitter can aim to crush a pitch into the woods. Right-handed power hitters, however, would need to launch a Ruthian blast in order to hit one into the woods in deep left field. If watching a game at Symonds, remember to bring a chair. There is no seating for fans there.
Michael J. Benevento Park 251 Central St, North Reading, MA01864 Just south of the North Reading/Andover line, this complex is home to the North Reading Little League. The park contains…More three baseball fields, including one that is lighted for night use, and two batting cages. A concession stand is available during games. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
Joshua Eaton Park 365 Summer Ave, Reading, MA01867 Located behind Joshua Eaton Elementary School, the best way to reach this park is to pull into the school's lot, off Oak…More Street. Eaton Park features two youth baseball/softball fields. Spectators can sit on cement steps at one of the fields. There is also a playground with two swings, slides and other play equipments as well as two nearby basketball hoops. Organized groups should obtain a permit to reserve the fields.
Middle School Complex 19 Sherman Rd, North Reading, MA01864 A large field anchors this facility, located atop a small hill behind the middle school on Sherman Road. It features a…More baseball field, two soccer fields and six tennis courts. The courts are reserved for use by the middle school physical education classes during school hours. A few parking spots are available behind the school and next to the field. More parking is available to the side and in front of the school. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
Hunt Memorial Field Pleasant St & Eaton St, Reading, MA01867 Located at the corner of Pleasant and Eaton streets, Hunt Memorial Field features a youth baseball field with metal…More benches for fans, a snack-shack for those who get hungry or thirsty and a right field scoreboard—in memory of Robert Burns Bell—for those who want to follow the action. The park's playground features slides, four swings, a jungle gym, monkey bars, stairs and a truck to explore.
Washington Park 75 Washington St, Reading, MA01867 Stone walls invite users to Washington Park, which features a regulation-sized baseball field named after John B.…More Pacino. The field is complete with home run markers of 342 feet in right field and 385 feet in right center. Fans can sit on benches to watch the ballgames. Two tennis courts, which are open from 8am to 10pm, offer two benches. The tennis courts are strictly for tennis; street hockey and rollerblading are not permitted. The playground includes four swings as well as slides and play equipment. Organized groups must get a permit to reserve playing fields.
New to Reading, Instant Shoe Repair opened their doors in April 2010. This privately-owned establishment is one of…More the few cobbler shops in the area. The cobbler can repair all shoe brands of any style, including Birkenstocks. He will dye, sew and replace soles and stitching of worn footwear. However, shoes are not the only product being repaired at Instant Shoe. Services also include zipper replacement, pocketbook and jacket repair, briefcase repair and even re-lacing of baseball gloves. There is a small retail section that has laces, orthopedic shoe inserts, polishes and dyes.
Instant Shoe Repair is conveniently located on High Street across from the Reading Depot. All items left for more than 30 days are donated to local charity.
Ipswich River Park 15 Central St, North Reading, MA01864 This former farmland was slated for development in the 1990s until the town of North Reading acquired the property by…More eminent domain in 1992. It now boasts two miles of paved walking trails that line the Ipswich River and circle the park, which includes baseball and softball fields, skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, street hockey rink, and soccer fields. A picnic area and gazebo greet visitors as they enter the park, and tables and benches are located along the trails throughout the park. A canoe launch also is available, with parking for boaters on Central Street. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
The crown jewel of Reading's parks, the athletic complex features Reading Memorial High School Stadium, Morton Field,…More Castine Field, the Reading Community Tennis Courts at Birch Meadow and fields for softball, youth baseball, youth softball, a lighted basketball court, the Imagination Station Playground and the Grant Memorial Pool.
RMHS Stadium offers plenty of seats for watching Reading Memorial High School football, soccer and track. Recreation runners can use the track, but are asked to not use lanes 1 and 2, and instead stay on lanes 3 through 8. Forbidden from the track are bicycles, cleated shoes, rollerblades, heelies, carriages and animals. The stadium also includes handicapped-accessible bathrooms in the same building as the Lions Den concession stand.
Nearby, lacrosse fans can take advantage of limited metal stands.
Beyond the nearby softball fields is Morton Field, which is the home of the RMHS baseball team. The grass field includes limited metal benches for spectators and nearby batting cages. It's best to park along the tennis courts on Bancroft Avenue for Morton Field.
The nearby tennis courts offer recreation on six courts, and a wall that allows tennis players to practice their game. Each of the courts is separated by a fence, so players don't have to worry about the embarrassment that comes with a poor shot that bounces onto an adjacent court.
Next to the courts on Bancroft Avenue is the playground, which features slides, swings and play apparatus for children.
Sports, Spirits & Steaks 178 Main St, North Reading, MA01864 Originally re-opened in 1999 as the Big Dog Sports Grille, this bar and grille serves as a veritable North Reading…More sports haven for patrons. Whether seated at the bar or table, customers are surrounded in television coverage of Boston's baseball, football, basketball and hockey teams from more than 60 plasma screens. Choose from a tasty menu offering of steaks, sirloin tips, chicken tips, chili, chops, burgers, fish and chips, salads, thin-crust pizza, New England clam "chowdah" and a large assortment of appetizers while enjoying a beverage from its huge selection of beers on tap or bottled, specialty and other cold drinks. Sports, Spirits & Steaks is also home to Keno, video games and billiards.