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Town Forest Family Campouts
Date: Saturday April 29
Time: Starting at 4pm
Location: Town Forest, enter at Stout Avenue off of Grove Street at the Compost Center.
Registration required. To register, email

Join the Friends of Reading Recreation (FORR) and REI for a campout in Reading's Town Forest! Bring your kids, a tent and sleeping bags and join us for a night of fun and adventure in the Town Forest! REI will provide a limited number of tents if you need one. This event is for families with children ages 4 and older.
Event Details:

  • The number of participants is limited to 45 including adults.
  • The gate will be open and you will be able to drive to the camping area and park your car for the evening.
  • Bring some food to get you through the evening. FORR will provide hot dogs (to cook over the fire), snacks, desert / s'mores, and a light breakfast.
  • There is no running water at the site. Participants are encouraged to bring their own.
  • There will be one portapotty near the camp site.
  • There will be a camp fire (assuming there is not a drought) complete with marshmallows so bring a knife to sharpen sticks!
  • Participants must bring their own camping supplies including Tent, Sleeping bags, Flashlight, Lantern, Chairs, etc...
  • **All parents are responsible for their children and must stay with them through the entire event.
  • ** Steady rain will cancel the event
Registration required. To register, email

8th Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance
A social for girls of all ages with their fathers, grandfathers and other guardians!

Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Location: Parker Middle School
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tickets $5 per person

Tickets will be available at the Reading Recreation Division beginning on Monday, April 3rd. (A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event.)

Photos by Cordele Photography, Alicia Williams

Music by DJ Ken
Professional DJ Services for All Events

Be part of something that will provide you with a lifetime of memories!
Proceeds will benefit the Fireworks at Town Day in June.
Photos, light refreshments and snacks available for purchase.

FORR 9th Annual Poker Tournament Fundraiser
Date: Friday May 19, 2017
Place: Masonic Temple, Haven Street, Reading, MA
Donations are $75.00 per person


The Friends of Reading Recreation (FORR) is holding its annual tournament to fund the fireworks to be held at Reading Friends and Family Day (aka Town Day) on Saturday June 17th.

Without your support, the Fireworks are not possible. The fireworks are NOT FUNDED by the Town - they are completely made possible by donations from residents and businesses.

Complimentary pizza and beverages will be provided as well as prizes ($250, $150, and $100 gift cards) and 50/50 raffle.
Hall opens at 7:00pm with an 8:00pm sharp start time.
Have a hand (no pun intended) in bringing the fireworks to town!



Adult Running Interest Group
Date: Saturdays, starting in April
Time: 7am
Location: Memorial Park (corner of Charles & Harrison Ave)

Join us on Saturdays for a recreational 4-5 mile run. Please plan to arrive a few minutes before 7:00am. We will set a course that morning around the neighborhoods and/or the Lake in Wakefield. The pace is easy to moderate and we wrap before 8:00am

If you know anyone else interested, please have them join us! For more information, please email:

Adult Biking Interest Group
Date: 2nd Saturday of the Month and 4th Sunday of the Month. Starting in June. (June 12th and June 27th)
Time: 7:30am
Location: Varies

Location of rides will vary. Please email for exact dates and more information.

Adult Pick Up Soccer - Outdoor
April to October

All abilities welcome. Games will be for ages 18 to 60, co-ed, non-competitive, and purely for fun. If you have a ball please bring it.

Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Memorial Park, ~55 Harrison Street
Wear a red or white shirt. We typically get anywhere from a 4v4 to 8v8 and expand the field as needed.

Sundays, 7:30am to 9am, May thru October, at Parker Middle School, 45 Temple Street
Please visit the Sunday Pickup Soccer page for more info.

Please e-mail for more information.

Reading Adult Soccer Learners' Group - Outdoor
Date: Saturdays, April through October
Time: 7:00-8:00 AM

We are an adult pick-up soccer group in Reading, MA, USA focused on learning the game of soccer, coaching, getting exercise, and having fun. Each training session is run with warm-up, drills, and a scrimmage. We play outdoors spring-fall and indoors (futsal) in the winter. Click here to join our google site where you can sign-up for full information or e-mail with your request to join including name, town, and any past soccer experience.

Ultimate Frisbee Pick Up Games
Date: Fridays
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Birch Meadow Park

Join us for Ultimate Frisbee. All abilities are welcome and no prior experience is needed. Games are co-ed, non-competitive and lots of fun. No commitment for the season, just play when you can. Play once and you'll be hooked! If you have any questions, please email

Adult Pick Up Basketball - Indoors
Date: Sundays during the winter, email link below for exact start date
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Wood End School gym Please e-mail for more information.

Spot Pond Boating Pass
Friends of Reading Recreation is once again proud to sponsor Boating at Spot Pond in Stoneham and Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

Boating passes can be obtained from the Reading Library. Check out the library website: and click on museum passes. The Spot Pond Boating Pass is listed here and can be signed out online. The pass is good at Lake Quannapowitt as well as Spot Pond. The two locations have different schedules, please refer to the website below for schedules. The library has two passes for each day, one for the morning (10-2) and one for the afternoon (2-6). You can also sign out the pass by calling the library or stopping at the front desk.

Please note:

  • The pass is good for kayaks, canoes, row boats and peddle boats (and SUPs in Wakefield). The pass CAN NOT be used for sailing. Once the group has chosen their boats, they cannot switch into any other boats
  • The pass is good for 6 people at a time only.
  • The pass is limited to two uses per family over the course of the boating season (May through October). This is to provide maximum usage throughout the town. If you have used your two times, you can however, call the library for same day usage. For example, Joe has used the pass two times and would like to go again. On Tuesday morning he calls the library to see if the pass is being used that day. If not, Joe can use it.
  • Children under 15 must be supervised by an adult who is on the water with the children. NO EXCEPTIONS!
The Spot Pond Boating season begins in the end of May and continues until mid-September (see website for dates as they differ for each location).

Check out the website for complete schedule and usage information.


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