Profile of Sluice Pond
The bustle of urban strife fades quickly in the sunlit sparkles of pure, transparent water at this 55+ acre pond. Only 10 miles north of Boston and 2 miles northwest of the center of Lynn, Sluice Pond is fairly secluded. Buffered from traffic and commuters by the homes and businesses that face Rt 129, this recreational gem may be the best kept secret in Lynn. Sluice Pond lies across the road from two public recreational neighbors, Gannon Municipal Golf Club and Lynn Woods, at one point this was the nation's 2nd largest urban park. Sluice Pond is a residential dream come true.
The 165 households that hug the shoreline and nestle beneath towering oaks, maples and elms form a true waterland community. Members meet and celebrate through activities sponsored by the Sluice Pond Association and social media sites on Facebook and on NextDoor.com. Some large properties along the shoreline are multi-family homes while others are single family dwellings or small former camp bungalows converted to year-round housing. Across the street neighbors join the festivities and can join the Association for a modest household fee , the same as pond abutters.
The SPA encourages celebrations of major holidays with simple traditions like the lighting of shoreline flares to celebrate the 4th of July on the holiday at 9PM. Falres can be obtained at hardware stores. During the winter, ice fishing continues and young people clear areas for hockey games and figure skating. Fishing tournaments are held regularly throughout the season.
A daily quietness of wildlife pervades Sluice Pond since jet skis and large motors are banned. The natural sounds of water from duck play on rare occasion is punctuated by a siren or traffic noise reminding Sluice Pond residents that they live in an urban city of almost 100,000 people. The pond offers refuge to area wildlife. Ducks, geese and swans grace the pond with their partners and families while turtles sun and share the waterways with over ten varieties of fish.
Wyoma Square is a small, thriving collection of businesses, pubs and eateries within a lazy 15 minute walk from any location on the pond. Several restaurants are also located on the pond and the area boasts about the world's best calzones from the pizza makers of Wyoma Square.This most walkable area of Lynn is only a few minutes by car or bike to the lovely shoreline of Kings Beach for those who crave saltwater sun bathing and beach time.
Others prefer the rugged adventures of hiking and mountain biking in nearby Lynn Woods or the serenity of the beautiful 18-hole Gannon Golf course that is next to the federal land reserve. The northern coves of Sluice Pond are located just across Rt. 129 from this magnificent urban park, the 2nd largest Municipal park in the country with 2200 acres. Lynn Woods offers individuals, couples and groups a variety of activities from strenuous adventure hiking and biking to structured sports on the playing fields and playground equipment for toddlers and their parents. The City of Lynn Department of Parks and Recreation as well as Friends of Lynn Woods help to keep this urban treasure clean and safe.
Oh, and speaking of treasure, any history buff in next door Salem will tell you that yesteryear's pirate treasure is buried in Lynn Woods, but we believe the treasure that everyone seeks is here at Sluice Pond.