Sandy Pond Beach

Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.

Sandy Pond Swimming

May 7, 2021

Sandy Pond Beach Reopening

In June 2020, a difficult decision was made to close the Sandy Pond Beach swimming area due to health concerns for patrons and staff members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the past year, conditions have improved significantly.  Restrictions put in place at the state and local level, including strict mask-wearing and social distance requirements have been effective in slowing the spread of the disease, and a vaccine is now widely available.  Therefore, Sandy Pond Beach will reopen for swimming in 2021 for its usual dates of Memorial Day through Labor Day with some restrictions in place, such as limited capacity adhering to state and local guidelines, and social distance spacing, to ensure the safety of the staff members and the community. 

This will also include a policy for resident use only during 2021, which will be revisited by the Parks Commission following the 2021 swim season.  As in previous years, those visiting the facility will need to show proof of residency with a picture identification such as a driver’s license or MA state ID card.  Ayer residents who do not have one or wish not to bring one may obtain a residency card at Sandy Pond Beach when a gate attendant is present, or by contacting the Sandy Pond Beach office at 978-501-1531, or email.  

We look forward to seeing Sandy Pond Beach being reopened and hope our community continues to get healthier so we can return to a full state of normalcy in the near future.

Ayer Parks Commission


During the swim season, use of Sandy Pond Beach is free to residents.  Non-residents may use Sandy Pond Beach for a daily fee of $5.00 ($3.00 for children).  Residents must show an ID or Sandy Pond Beach access card to be admitted without paying a fee.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Parking at the Sandy Pond Beach lower parking area is limited to residents who have a Sandy Pond Beach parking sticker.  Sandy Pond Beach access cards and parking stickers can be obtained at Town Hall or the Beach facility during hours of operation.

  • No smoking allowed.
  • No dogs are allowed.
  • Please use only US Coast Guard approved floatation devices.

For more information call the Parks Department at (978) 796-5915, the Sandy Pond Beach office at 978-501-1531, or email.  

Swimming Lessons

Due to swimming restrictions at Sandy Pond, Swim lessons will not be offered this summer.  We hope to have lessons available again in 2021.