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On Mendum's Pond

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
June 11, 2008

The first day of summer marks the opening of Mendum's Pond where UNH employees and their families can enjoy a day at the beach, rent a canoe or simply picnic near the water.

Mendum’s Pond is located on the Little River, off Hall Road in Barrington. The entire pond encompasses 253 acres. In 1930, Arthur McDaniel gave a small part of the pond to UNH’s Women’s Athletic Association. Forty years later, he gave the rest of the area to the university for $1.

In 2003, a plan was unveiled to improve the recreational area that then included two open-air pavilions, picnic tables, a playground and a small dock with two additional docks and a boathouse used by the UNH sailing team.

Since then, canoe and kayak storage areas have been added, providing rentals for visitors. There is also a playground and lots of woods for hiking or nature walks.

Swimming is permitted but there are no lifeguards.

Summer students get in free with their activity cards, as do full-time, benefited faculty and staff. A season’s pass costs $40 for adults, $30 for kids 6-to-18 years old. The cost for a UNH employee’s spouse is $30; dependants pay $20.

The daily charge is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-to-17; five-and-under are free. For groups of 10 or more who call two weeks in advance, admission is just $2 a person with a $20 per hour fee for staff.

Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats can be rented by university employees for $5 an hour. For pass holders it’s just $3 an hour. With a two-week notice and groups of 10 or more, boat rentals are only $2/hour.

Pavilions can be reserved in advanced for $20; otherwise, use is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mendum’s Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 21 through Sept. 1, and on weekends for the month of September from noon to 6 p.m. The area also is available in the off-season to groups.

If pond swimming isn’t your thing, don’t forget about the outdoor pool, located next to the Whittemore Center. From mid-June through June 30, and Aug. 17 through Sept. 1, it’s open from noon to 6 p.m. Starting July 1 through August 16, the hours are extended until 7 p.m.

Summer school students swim free. An adult season pass (18 years and older) is $90; student and student’s spouse, $50; under 17 years old and over 62, $80; Durham residents (need voucher from Town Hall), $45. Day passes are $5 (under one year of age is free). A five-visit punch card is $23; 10 visits, $45.

Passes are sold at Hamel Recreation Center, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 pm. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The pool can be rented evenings and before/after recreation hours on the weekends. For more information contact Campus Recreation 2-2031.

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