Our City’s Recreation
Marlborough is a scenic city full of conservation areas, parks, trails and beaches. The City of Marlborough Conservation Commission has invested considerable efforts and resources into protecting the area’s wetlands and natural open spaces. Work has already begun on an interconnected trail system through Marlborough’s neighborhoods, which will link many of the green parcels and create a vast natural recreation corridor for the city.
Assabet River Rail Trail & Bike Path
The scenic Assabet River Rail Trail is a 5.6-mile paved path that weaves through the City of Marlborough and the Town of Hudson. This 12-foot-wide nature corridor crosses the Assabet River five times, including over a refurbished historical wrought-iron railroad bridge, and is perfect for cycling, walking, and cross-country skiing. The entire rail trail is wheelchair accessible. The Marlborough section starts at the intersection of Lincoln and Highland Streets.
World War II Memorial Beach
Marlborough’s newly-renovated World War II Memorial Beach spans 13 acres and is located on the east side of the city, off of Hosmer Street. The beach, which is open daily for swimming from June to September, is supervised by lifeguards on duty and features both sandy and grassy areas with large trees for shade. Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic benches and BBQ areas are available.
Ghiloni Natural Trail – Marlborough State Forest
Ghiloni Nature Trail / Marlborough State Forest can be accessed through Ghiloni Park, off Concord Road, or at Hemenway Street, off Wilson Street. The 125-acre abutting Ghiloni Park features a variety of woodland trails and a self-guided nature walk. An interpretive brochure is available at the Recreation Office at the park’s entrance.
Memorial Forest Reservation – The Desert
The Desert NaturalArea / Memorial Forest Reservation in East Marlborough, off Concord Road, is named for its well-drained sandy soil and historic sand pits. This 615-acre parcel of conservation land features a pine and scrub forest, and wildlife, such as birds and beavers. Hunting is available in designated areas by permit.
A Natural Magnet for Sports Enthusiast
Marlborough has made a name for itself as a sports-loving and welcoming host city. Its geographic location and unrivaled hospitality options make the city a natural magnet for sports enthusiasts from across New England. Marlborough is home to some of the region’s largest and most popular sports facilities, and plays host to a number of major regional and national competitions and tournaments, including in skating, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf and lacrosse. Here are some of the facilities and organizations that make Marlborough a premiere sporting destination.
New England Sports Center
121 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough, MA • 508-229-2700
The North East’s largest skating center, the New England Sports Center (NESC) is conveniently
located near I-495 and 290. NESC offers six ice rinks, a studio rink, hockey pro shop, private function rooms, snack bar and arcade games. Hosted tournaments include National Youth Hockey League Challenge Cup Tournament, USA Empire National Championships, Coca Cola Tournament, North American AAA Tournament, Bay State Games, North American Fall Championships, and many others. In addition, NESC is host to the North American Indoor Lacrosse League and is home to the Boston Rockhoppers.
219 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA • 508-624-4433
Fore Kicks is New England’s first full-featured indoor and outdoor sports complex, which includes seven indoor sports fields, two pro basketball courts, two outdoor lighted fields, an indoor driving range, a sports lounge, and a conference and function center. This 135,000 sq. ft. sports facility accommodates a variety of sports, including soccer, futsal, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, baseball, and softball.
Navin Skating Arena
451 Bolton Street, Marlborough, MA • 508-624-5580
The Navin Arena is a Commonwealth of Massachusetts public ice skating facility, overseen by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and operated by FMC Ice Sports. The clean, safe, and well-maintained facility features an ice rink, a heated conference room and a snack bar. The Navin Arena offers an array of skating programs for all ages and abilities, and its provides patrons with affordable recreation for the whole family.