About Medford MA
Conveniently located just five miles north of Boston, the City of Medford has developed from its seventeenth century colonial plantation beginnings into a thriving residential community noted for its diversity, affordability and convenience to Boston.
Medford MA was originally settled in 1630 as part of Charlestown and was formerly referred to as “Mistick” (a name which persisted for many decades). In 1892 Medford was incorporated as a city and was a center of industry, including the manufacture of brick, tile, rum, and clipper ships. Over the years Medford has been home to many famous people such as Fannie Farmer (world famous cookbook author), Amelia Earhart and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to name a few.
Medford has a total area of 8.6 square miles and is located in eastern Massachusetts. Medford is bordered by the cities and towns of Winchester & Stoneham on the northwest and north, Malden and Everett on the east and southeast and Arlington and Somerville on the west and southwest. Part of the Mystic River, Wright’s Pond, Quarter Mile Pond, Bellevue Pond and the South Reservoir of the Middlesex Fells Reservation are located in Medford.
Medford is conveniently located in the Greater Boston Area and has excellent access to major highways, Commuter Rail system , subways, buses and airport travel.
Major Highways -Interstate Route 93 which passes through Medford (north to south) provides easy access to Downtown Boston. Rt. 93 intersects with State Route 128 A.K.A Interstate Route 95 in Woburn. Medford is also served by State Highway Route 60 (the famous route of Paul Revere’s Ride), State Route 16 and State Route 28.
Commuter Rail -Medford is served by one of the oldest rail routes in North America. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides Commuter rail service from its West Medford train station located at 481 High St. to North Station Boston via the Lowell Line. This short 10 minute ride costs just a nominal fee. There is free parking for 30 cars and a bike rack for cyclists.
Subway -MBTA orange line subway service is located in the Wellington Glenwood section of Medford on State Route 16 (Revere Beach Parkway). There are 1,316 parking spaces and 16 bike spaces. From this station all rapid transit subway lines, light rail and Commuter rail lines can be accessed.
Bus -Medford is served by the MBTA and other private bus companies providing fixed route service to neighboring towns and stations. The MBTA also provides “THE RIDE” transit service for elderly and special needs passengers.
Green Buildings -There are 15 private and public schools in Medford. Five city school buildings were recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their energy efficiency and they received special ENERGY STAR awards. The ENERGY STAR recipients include the Roberts Elementary School, Columbus Elementary School, Brooks Elementary School, Andrews Middle School, and McGlynn Middle/Elementary School. These schools scored in the top 25% for energy use in similar buildings. These state of the art public schools have been recently constructed beginning in 2001 providing students a comfortable and modern environment to learn.
Medford Family Network -The Medford Family Network of the Medford Public Schools is a family support and parenting education program that is available to every child and caregiver who lives or works in Medford with at least one child. It’s goal is to create a strong web of support for all families of young children prenatal through age seven. Programs are offered daytime, evening, and weekends throughout the city and free of charge!
Parks and Recreation Areas
Did you know that Medford has currently 24 parks and playgrounds? While some are passive parks many are equipped with playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball courts, and hockey arenas. Below are the most notable.
The new Edgerly Sports Complex is located behind Medford High School. At a cost of $2.1M the field complex houses two artificial turf fields used for a range of sports, including soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball. Income from renting out the field will play a considerable role in future revenue reports.
The Boys and Girls Club a.k.a. Gene-Mack Clubhouse is located at 30 Forest St in Medford. The club offers character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, arts and technology, and sports, fitness and recreation activities.
LaConte Skating Rink is the City of Medford Official ice skating rink and home to the Medford Mustangs school hockey teams. Medford has a wonderful learn to skate and ice hockey program for all ages. Private ice rental is available upon request.
Wrights Pond is located on Elm street in the Fulton Height’s area of Medford and consists of 148 acres. There is a sandy beach for fresh water swimming, bath house, concession stand and special resident permit parking. Wright’s Pond is surrounded by the Middlesex Fells Reservation.