Please sign our petition!

posted Jun 24, 2018, 5:15 AM by Bruce Mcbrien

We are very concerned about the current condition of the beach and wish to convey the urgency to the Mayor and City Council of the need to address the issues and restore our beach. 

The petition will be available at the upcoming Block Party in downtown Amesbury on Thursday June 28.


"We the undersigned would like the Mayor and City Council to address the declining condition of Lake Gardner Beach.  Our beach is an important, valuable asset for the entire community and must be restored and protected for the citizens of Amesbury before it is too late. We would like to see:

  1. The beach restored and planned improvements completed
  2. A management plan for the beach and grounds that is consistent and ongoing
  3. Improved management of Lake Gardner Recreation Area based on public input
  4. A long-range plan for the preservation and protection of the lake & beach for future generations of Amesbury residents."

New Kiosk Sign

posted Sep 3, 2014, 6:01 AM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 4:59 PM by Bruce Mcbrien ]

In the summer of 2014, LGIA volunteers created a new sign for the beach kiosk. It's playful, family friendly feel has been very well received, while still getting important information to our visitors. We hope you enjoy it!


Sensory Hike

posted Jun 27, 2014, 6:24 AM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Jun 24, 2018, 5:01 AM by Bruce Mcbrien ]

Saturday, June 30th, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am

This year we are offering a new experience...a "sensory hike".
This "sensory hike" will mirror the growing movement of what is known as "Forest Bathing", which is essentially taking the time to use your senses to mindfully soak in the nature around you as you explore.  We'll talk about the first inhabitants, the early settlers, and the rich history of our town as we hike. 

At 9 AM, we’ll begin our hike. Start by exploring the lakeside paths that meander along the side of Powow Hill, or Po Hill as it is known locally. This easy, guided hike starts at the beach, goes through the beautiful mixed forest to the scenic summit of Po Hill, pausing often to notice the sights, smells, sounds and textures around us.
We'll continue down the largely coniferous northern side of the hill and make our way to the rolling fields of Battis Farm on the northern edge of Amesbury. There will be a single tour.

Comfortable walking shoes, light clothing bug repellant and drinking water are recommended. 
Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to support Our Neighbor’s Table.

Battis Farm Star Party

posted Mar 13, 2014, 9:39 AM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Feb 17, 2016, 5:59 PM by Bruce Mcbrien ]

The Lake Gardner Improvement Association is pleased to announce more Star Parties in store at Battis Farm for 2016!
The first will be on Tuesday March 15th (with a cloud date of March 17th)T from 7:30 – 9:00pm.  
This free event will be hosted by the North Shore Amateur Astronomer’s Club.  Telescopes will be provided by members of the club. Participants will have the opportunity view the Orion Nebula, Jupiter and its Moons, as well as various deep space objects.  This will be an outdoor event so you should dress appropriately. 

To ensure the best possible viewing experience, we ask that you turn off your headlights immediately after parking and that you not bring a flashlight.  In the event of clouds or inclement weather, the event will be moved to Thursday, March 17th from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  

Battis Farm is located on South Hampton Road, approximately .8 miles north of the Amesbury Elementary School on the left.  

We hope to see you there! 

Find More info on the Facebook event page.

Canoe-O Results

posted Jul 22, 2013, 9:06 AM by Ken Aspeslagh

The Canoe-O results are in. Congratulations to the winners!  Results are here.

Canoe-O Gets Great Press!

posted Jul 22, 2013, 9:04 AM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Jul 22, 2013, 9:05 AM ]

Our first Canoe-O was a success, and received some excellent press before and after.  Thanks to the amazing Shawn Burke of the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (NECKRA) for organizing and directing this fantastic event.

Check out these articles:



Steamy day for a canoe ride - Newburyport Daily News

1st Annual Lake Gardner Canoe-O

posted Jun 26, 2013, 7:12 AM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Jun 30, 2013, 7:12 PM ]

Mark your calendars for Saturday July 20th, 2013! In this orienteering race, you'll use a canoe, kayak, or SUP to hunt for locations around Lake Gardner. Visit the Canoe-O Info Page for details.

Greenscapes 101

posted Mar 24, 2013, 4:32 PM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Mar 25, 2013, 7:46 AM ]

Join us for free presentation from The Greenscapes Coalition at the Amesbury Public Library. 

The Greenscapes Coalition educates citizens about landscaping practices that have less impact on the environment, particularly with regard to irrigation and chemical use.

Greenscapes are environmentally friendly yard and lawn care practices that require very little water and chemicals to maintain. Cynthia Ingelfinger, IRWA’s Outreach Coordinator, will discuss the basics steps to achieving a beautiful chemical free lawn and garden that is safe for children and pets, has healthy plants, and also conserves water (which saves you money).

Where and When: Amesbury Public Library, Tuesday May 14th, at 6:30PM.

Lake Guide & Trail Map Now Available

posted Jul 13, 2012, 8:45 PM by Ken Aspeslagh   [ updated Sep 3, 2012, 7:47 PM ]

As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness of Lake Gardner and the Powow River Conservation Area, we're excited to announce the availability of our new Lake Guide & Trail Map brochure.  

The brochure, currently available for free at the Lake Gardner Beach parking lot, highlights the many recreational activities available on and around the lake.  It also includes a map of Lake Gardner and the conservation area, showing the many walking trails that connect the beach to Batchelder Park and Battis Farm

You can download a PDF of the brochure at the link below!

Race Day!

posted Jun 23, 2012, 6:47 AM by Ken Aspeslagh

It's dry and warm down at Lake Gardner! Come on down!

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