Membership and Guests
Shareholders of the Valley Pond Corporation may become summer members of the pond, which entitles them and their registered household members to unlimited use of the pond and its facilities, bring guests during the summer season, and register for parties after they've paid annual dues each spring.
Shareholders who elect not to pay annual membership fees are still entitled to three free "person-visits" per share per season. For example, one shareholder and two guests may visit on a single day, or one shareholder may visit on three separate days.
Becoming a shareholder
Each year, the Valley Pond board invites 15-20 people from the waiting list to become shareholders in the Valley Pond Corporation. This involves purchasing a share and paying a one-time, non-refundable membership fee. Currently the membership fee is $2,500 and the share price is also $2,500 for a total of $5,000, payable by check. Shares are not transferable (except to adult children for a fee) and may be redeemed only by the Corporation for the original share price. This $5,000 fee for new shareholders may be paid by mailing a check made out ot "Valley Pond Corp." and sent to P.O. Box 195, Lincoln MA 01773.
If you're already a shareholder, you can register yourself and others who live in your physical household for summer membership each year. After submitting the online Summer Registration Form, you'll get an invoice that you can pay by credit card, debit card or bank transfer. The fees for 2023 are as follows:
$340 for the first household member, plus
$250 for the next household member, plus
$155 for each additional household member or au pair (all au pairs must be registered)
Registration for 2023 summer membership opens on April 3, 2023.
$25 discount per household until April 30
$50 late fee for payments received after May 26
If you're a shareholder but elect not to pay summer dues, you're still entitled to three free visits to the pond (meaning three individuals, not multiple people on three different days).
Guests and parties
Guests must be always be accompanied by a summer member. The shareholder will be invoiced in September for accrued guest fees.
If you plan to bring more than seven guests at a time, you must fill out a Party Request Form in advance to ensure there is sufficient coverage and capacity that day. If you request a party and then cancel after it's approved, you will be charged $25.
Guest fees are as follows:
$10 per person per day on Mondays through Thursdays
$15 per person per day on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
To discourage overcrowding, guest fees double beginning with the member's 26th guest of the season unless the shareholder has two fully paid memberships.
For detailed information, please see the Valley Pond Rules and Policies.