History of Goss Park
How we began...
In 1949, several residents gathered to form the first Wilton Lyndeborough
Youth Center (WLYC) committee. They simply wanted to provide healthy,
supervised activities for the community’s youths during the summer. In the
mid 1950s, Jennie M. Goss contributed 14 acres of land to the WLYC for
“community recreation use.” 1956 brought the first plans for Goss Park. In
1958 construction began on the swimming pond. In 1959, Goss Park
Our facilities have grown to include: a pavilion, snack bar, basketball court,
tennis court, playground, a baseball field and a beach volleyball court. Our
waterfront offers swimming lanes, diving boards, and docks for jumping
and diving. Our swim team competes with other area towns at meets. Our
snack bar offers beverages, nutritious foods and cold treats. Our water is
tested by the state and our staff throughout the summer.
Rules and Expectations...
For the safety of swimmers and lifeguards, Goss Park uses the buddy
system. By requiring that all swimmers under the age of sixteen always
swim with a buddy, we promote safety and responsibility in children.
Families with summer memberships may add a babysitter to that family
membership for only $15. Babysitter must be at least 15 years of age to
supervise children 11 years old or younger.
Professional Daycare providers must purchase an individual or family
membership. The children in their care must also have their own family or
Deep Water Test
A test to determine a swimmer’s abilities, ages 7 to 16 years old, has been
developed for the safety of the swimmer, lifeguards and other patrons. The
test requires the swimmer to swim two laps of the crawl (freestyle) stroke,
and then tread water for two minutes without being winded. At the
Lifeguard’s discretion, the swimmer may pass for all areas, for limited areas
with restrictions, or be asked to repeat the test another day. Swimmers
must be at least 7 years of age to take the deep water test and 9 years of
age to test for the "piers" area.
Grill Day/Pizza Day/Snack bar
On Wednesday our staff will light the grill around noon time for your
pleasure. Pizza will be available at the snack bar on
Fridays only. Throughout the week we offer hot dogs, beverages, snacks
and ice cream.
Any member is welcome to bring guests on any day of the week. All non-
members pay just $3 per person per day. All guests are required to follow
park rules including the deep water test.
In the event of inclement weather, our voice mail will announce a delay by
9:30 AM. The voice mail will be updated to an opening or closing for that
day by 1 PM. You may want to check our voice mail for events and activities.
Throughout the summer, special events such as story hour, mid-week
cookouts, family nights, tie-dye, field games, arts & crafts, company outings
and fundraisers are offered. All events will be posted on the monthly
calendar and schedule board outside the craft building. Any fees related to
those events will also be noted on that calendar. Pavilion rental is
available for birthday parties, company outings, etc.
Goss Park offers Red Cross swimming lessons for all swimming abilities age
3+ years. Lessons are taught by WSI certified staff members. Our program
consists of four two-week sessions. Lesson times are primarily from 10am-
3pm, exact times are available a week prior to the start of each session.
Class size is limited to 10 and fill-up quickly. Lessons are filled on a “first
come, first served basis” with priority going to Members. It is
recommended to register early to ensure your preferences of sessions and
times. First session participants will be notified by phone. No refunds given
on lessons or summer memberships. Fees: $30 per person/session for
members and $40 per person/session for non-members. Non-Members
may arrive one half-hour before lesson begins and must leave at the end
of class, unless paying daily guest fee. No classes July 4.
We offer a competitive swim team for swimmers ages 5+ years. All levels
welcome! Swim lessons are strongly recommended to further develop
stroke. Swim meets are scheduled against local towns throughout the
summer. Our focus is on swimmers having fun while developing
swimming/diving skills and establishing a fitness routine. Each participant
will set his/her own goals with our coach for the summer. Swim Team
practices daily throughout the summer (M-F) Fee: $30 per summer per
Sports Camps and lessons are offered throughout the summer for
basketball, soccer and tennis. Please see the camp page for more
Park members that have an email address on file will be notified each week
of upcoming events at the park.
Each member of our staff is trained in :
Swimming Instructors are also certified in Red Cross Water
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