8.06.2006

Summertime at the Cove


The Cove is one of Newton's best-kept secrets. I've been going there since the early 1970s. The only way to get there is via a bunch of obscure side roads in Auburndale without any signs, or by canoe.

They've removed all the old kids' equipment, including the Yellow Submarine and the infamous spinning wheel of nausea, but they have some new wooden structures that are just as fun.

The Cove is great for anyone who likes the outdoors.You can play on the playground equipment, play in the fields (if there's no baseball game going on), feed the ducks (not the Canadian geese!), have a cookout under the trees (you might have to reserve the grills, anyone know for sure?) and take nature walks -- there's a network of paths that go along the river toward Waltham's Island neighborhood, the Marriott, and Lyons Field in Auburndale.

At one time back in the 70s and 80s they had ice skating at the Cove in the wintertime, but I don't think the City of Newton oversees that anymore.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is still skating in the winter if it is cold enough for the ice to freeze to an appropriate thickness. The ice is cleaned off, the little building with bathrooms and changing area is opened, lights are turned on at night, and parks department staff monitor the place.

The ice never froze enough this past winter, but the previous few winters the skating area has been open.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Borderline said...

Old-school pond skaters will be happy to hear this. Thanks for the update, anon!

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exactly do you get to the Cove?

2:15 PM  

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