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Take a Dip, In Your Own Backyard

tech <div><span><span>Picture it. It's hot and there's no relief in sight. You need a reprieve except it's a 45 minute drive to a beach, plus the hassle of traffic and parking, and forget it if you have young kids - by the time you get there they'll be tired and cranky and need a nap so you'll have to leave. You know the drill.</span></span></div> <div><a href= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5388/blog/misc/Arlington%252520Town%252520Pages%252520003%255B1%255D.jpg">  </a></div> <div><span><span>Today is the first official day of summer, and there is a better way cool off - in your own backyard.</span> <a href= "http://www.arlingtonma.gov/Public_Documents/ArlingtonMA_Recreation/res"> <span>The Arlington Reservoir</span></a> <span>(the Res, as it's known locally) was named</span> <a href= "http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/massachusetts/galleries/swimming_holes?pg=6"> <span>one of the top 10 swimming holes</span></a> <span>in the state. The Res</span></span> <span><span>includes a filtered/chlorinated swimming area, bathhouse, vending machines and playground. The beach is supervised by certified lifeguards and other beach staff.</span></span></div> <div><span><span>Above and beyond the amenities listed above, here are an additional top 10 reasons to go to the Res this summer:</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Residents and non-residents are welcome.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>Parking is free, and while you do have to pay (on weekends it's $7 for residents, $10 for non-residents), it's still cheaper than paying for parking at most beaches.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>There's almost always parking, and you don't have to lug your stuff ¼ mile to get near the water.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>There are trees that provide shade on the 'beach.' So you and your family won't cook in the sun all day.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>You can call</span> <a href= "http://ichefarlington.com/"><span>iChef</span></a> <span>and have a pizza delivered for dinner (so worth it).</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>You can go for the morning, leave so the kids can take naps, and come back in the evening (your pass will be valid).</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>The ice-cream man comes by regularly.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>There is a fountain for the kids to splash in.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>There's plenty to do - in addition to the beach and the playground, there's a volleyball net, beach toys for the kids, or you can take a stroll on the path around the entire Res.</span></span></div> <div> <span><span>·<span>        </span></span></span> <span><span>You almost always run into someone you know.</span></span></div>

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