About Medford

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Town of Medford Square MA from Shanahan Real Estate

Distance to Boston: 5 miles
Population: Approx. 55,765

The name Medford is thought to have come from "the ford by the meadow" or "Meadford" thus commemorating the importance of the fordable part of the Mystic River located just west of present-day Medford Square.

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Educational Facilities

The Medford public school system consists of 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, one mainstream high school, one alternative high school and one vocational technical high school.

Recreational Facilities

Wrights Pond

Wright's Pond, located on Elm Street, offers swimming, picnicking and shaded areas for relaxing. Hiking and fishing are also available. You must obtain a Pass for access and use of the facility.

Tufts Pool

Main St. Swimming Lessons available. For Pool hours and more info contact the Department of Recreation at (781) 393-2486 or DPW Office 781-393-2417(summer only). Tufts Pool has both wading and deep water facilities. Facility is manned by lifeguards, bath house attendants and park police.

Parks

Over the past five years, Medford has conducted an aggressive park improvement project. Most of the city's twenty-one parks have been rehabilitated, and they offer new soccer fields, football fields, softball/baseball fields, multi-use courts for basketball, tennis, and street hockey. In addition, most have new, accessible play structures.

Other area recreation areas include: Medford Boat Club, Loconte Skating Rink, Flynn Skating Rink, Middlesex Fells Reservation.

Houses of Worship

  • First Baptist Church
  • West Medford Baptist Church
  • South Medford Baptist Church
  • Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Community Baptist Church
  • New England Baptist Church
  • Immaculate Conception
  • St. Joseph’s
  • St. Raphael’s
  • St. James
  • St. Francis of Assissi
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Clement’s
  • Mystic Congregational Church
  • Congregational Church of West Medford
  • Union Congregational Church
  • North Street Congregational Church
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • Temple Shalom
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford
  • First Universalist Society
  • Hillside Universalist Church
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Hillside Methodist Church
  • St. John’s Methodist Church
  • First Community United Methodist Church
  • First Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Wellington Methodist Episcopal Church

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