The Friends of Reading Recreation receives private donations to help recreational and leisure opportunities in…More Reading. FORR hosts an annual road race and camp out and organizes a number of activities, including basketball and soccer leagues and a biking group.
Donations can be sent to: Friends of Reading Recreation, PO Box 82, Reading, MA 01867.
Chestnut Street Complex 160 Chestnut St, North Reading, MA01864 Maguire Field at the Chestnut Street Complex is the home of North Reading Youth Soccer. The three soccer fields are…More dedicated to Terry Maguire, who founded North Reading Youth Soccer in 1978. The Chestnut Street Complex also contains a softball field, basketball court and Kidspot playground. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
Little School Complex 7 Barberry Rd, North Reading, MA01864 This park behind the Little School contains three softball fields, a small playground and a basketball court. Bleachers…More and benches line the fields, and a concession stand sits just off the school parking lot. Parking is available in the lot next to the school. All pets must be leashed and all animal waste must be picked up and disposed of in a trash receptacle.
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.
Clarke Park 61 Burroughs Rd, North Reading, MA01864 This park sits on the south shore of the 92-acre Martins Pond, which is at the end of the Skug River and empties into…More Martins Brook. The Martins Pond Association maintains the park and conducts fund-raising events to help support upkeep. The park contains a beach along the waterfront, a picnic pavilion and grill, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and a playground. Public boat access is available off Batchelder Avenue. Dogs are permitted in the park if they are leashed, although they are not allowed in the playground, and owners must remove any waste.
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.
Birch Meadow Elementary School Playground 27 Arthur B Lord Dr, Reading, MA01867 Adjacent to tall trees that buffer the playground from the nearby Birch Meadow athletic complex, the playground includes…More slides, swings and other apparatus. Wood chips on the ground help soften youngsters' falls. There are also benches for parents to relax while watching their children play. There are two nearby basketball hoops too. Enter from Birch Meadow Drive.
Sturges Park Pine Ridge Rd & South St, Reading, MA01867 Located close to Route 128, Sturges Park features recreation activities for various ages and interests. The park…More includes a youth softball/youth soccer field, a basketball court, a tennis court, an area for ice skating in the winter and a playground that features four swings, slides and playground equipment. There is also ice skating in the winter. Organized groups must get a permit to reserve playing fields.
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.