There are a variety of recreational opportunities for residents throughout the town, including swimming at Silver Lake in the summer months. Walking paths, playgrounds, baseball fields, and a sledding hill are also available. The Ristuccia Ice Arena provides ice skating lessons, and was once the practice rink for the Boston Bruins, while the Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium is the home of the Boston Derby Dames roller derby league. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups also make use of Camp Forty Acres in town.
Wilmington, Massachusetts was first settled in 1665. Though stories vary on who were the official first residents of present-day Wilmington, it is agreed that three men each separately settled in different areas of what would become the town. Wilmington was incorporated in 1730, taking land from Woburn, Reading, and Billerica.
In 1803, the Middlesex Canal opened, passing through town, providing transport for both freight and passengers from the Merrimack River to Boston. Wilmington was, at the time, one of the towns producing large quantity of hops, which were transported via the canal. When Lowell rose to prominence as a mill town, the canal also served to transport the cotton.
Today, Wilmington is a town with a mix of residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and industrial parks. The town offers a variety of services to residents, and hosts events such as summer concerts, an Easter Egg Hunt, and Holiday Tree Lighting.