Balch Park is located adjacent to the historic Balch House. This is the most heavily-used basketball court in the city; it is the home to an adult summer league in addition to city-wide use. The baseball and soccer fields are used to the maximum by the Babe Ruth League and the Beverly High School teams in the spring and summer. In fall, the soccer field, which traverses the outfield, is used by both youth and high school soccer.
The scenic views of the Danvers River and the natural landscaping throughout the site make it a popular destination for both the residents of Ryal Side and of the entire community. Public swimming is allowed, but there is no lifeguard on duty so you swim at your own risk.
The former Moseley family estate on the Merrimack River, this park features 19th century gardens and plantings, rolling meadows, towering pines, and one of the largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts. Most breathtaking are the ornamental trees and masses of azaleas and rhododendrons that bloom in May and June. An exquisite place for walking, biking, horseback riding and informal picnics. Special Use Permits may be obtained for wedding ceremonies and similar programs.
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