Beaches Schedule & Closures

Heart Pond and Freeman Lake Beach at Varney Park are scheduled to be open with Lifeguards 10am – 6pm daily June 17, 2023, through August 27, 2023.

For more information on beach amenities and rules, click here for Heart Pond and click here for Freeman Lake at Varney Park

 Heart Pond is CLOSED DUE TO ALGAE as of 8/21/23 and will NOT REOPEN this Summer.

Freeman lake has reopened as of 8/23/23.   

 For more information, please call the Health Department at 978-250-5241. We greatly appreciate your patience!

We will post closure(s) of either Beach on this site due to the following reasons:

· No Lifeguards on Duty

  • · High E.coli counts above the recreational water limit of 235/100ml.
  • · Harmful algal blooms (HABS)
  • · Exceeding levels of animal feces
  • · Dangerous wading conditions due to excess weeds Please click here for additional details:

Weekly E.Coli counts:

· June 12, 2023 - Freeman Lake: 3/100ml and Heart Pond: 12/100ml

 • June 20, 2023- Freeman Lake 6/100ml and Heart Pond 228/100ml 

• July 7, 2023- Freeman Lake 46/100ml and Heart Pond 28/100ml

• July 12, 2023- Freeman Lake 24/100ml and Heart Pond 40/100ml

• July 20, 2023- Freeman Lake 39/100ml and Heart Pond 10/100ml

• July 26, 2023-Freeman Lake 11/100ml and Heart Pond 22/100ml

• August 1, 2023-Freeman Lake 62/100ml and Heart Pond 3/100ml

• August 22, 2023- Freeman Lake 88/100 ML- No Heart Pond testing