Harold Parker State Forest, which lies in Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton, comprises just over 3,000 acres of Central Hardwood-Hemlock-White Pine type of forest. The forest is twenty miles north of Boston and within one hour's drive of three million people. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and picnicking.
The flat field is used for t-ball programs and the two tennis courts are the most heavily used courts in the city; with instructional courses offered during summer mornings. The playground is one of our favorites. This park is located near the Cove Elementary School.
The scenic views of the Danvers River and the natural landscaping throughout the site make it a popular destination for both the residents of Ryal Side and of the entire community. Public swimming is allowed, but there is no lifeguard on duty so you swim at your own risk.
This is a great playground that has newly installed equipment (circa 2010) on a giant rubberized outdoor mat. There are unique and creative activities in a giant ship-like structure that include multiple slides, climbing ladders, rope climbers and some really neat spaces for kids to just hang out.
This park is only steps from Pavilion Beach.
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