This pond was created for the 1976 bicentennial. It is the site of recreational activities, including summer swimming, picnicking, and the Parks & Recreation led "Camp Mansfield" summer day camp. If you would like to use the pavilion space at BCP. Please fill out our request form and submit it to the office for approval.
Free Attractions at Bicentennial Pond: Open Dawn to Dusk
Fishing Access (Must have fishing license)
Bicentennial Pond: Swim Season
Bicentennial Pond Kayak Use
Kayak Use Times: 3:00p-6:30pm M-F and 12:30p-5:30pm Sat, Sun.
MPRD Kayaks are available for use at Bicentennial Pond during indicated times. MPRD Kayaks can only be used at Bicentennial Pond by those ages 8 and up, wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved PF, and acknowledges having basic kayaking paddle strokes and rescue techniques. Areas outside the designated swim areas are not a primary area of supervision by lifeguards and you may not be visible at all times to lifeguards. Boaters are participating in kayak use at their own risk. Parents/guardians must read and sign the agreement form for kayak users between the ages of 8-18.
Staff will review and enforce the following safety rules of kayak use with each kayaker at BCP.
Must wear a properly fitted and secured U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD at all times while in the kayak.
Areas outside the designated swim areas are not a primary area of supervision by lifeguards and you may not be visible at all times to lifeguards. Kayak use is at own risk.
No intentional flipping, swamping of kayak
No swimming is allowed in outside of designated swim area at any time
No boating allowed inside the designated swim area
Only names of those listed on kayak use agreement can use the kayak.
Only one participant per kayak
All concerns with kayak equipment should be reported immediately to the waterfront staff
No docking on shore of pond. Docking only allowed in designated launch/return area
Watch the weather and return kayaks to designated docking area upon see lightening or hearing thunder or or quickly forming clouds and storms.
Respond immediately to any designated lifeguard command (i.e. blast of horn or whistle and hand/non-verbal hand commands)
Anyone using a kayak under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (in a separate kayak) within one kayak length at all times.