B03 CL - Reading, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 32.463 W 071° 05.133
19T E 328747 N 4711959
Quick Description: A Nike Missile Site in Reading, MA has been converted into an ice skating arena.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2012 6:26:31 AM
Waymark Code: WMF5WN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue J Wenatchee
Views: 11

Long Description:
At one time the Nike Missile Site B03 CL was one of sixteen base that surrounded the city of Boston. The Reading site is about 13 miles north of the city just beyond present day Boston ring road I-95/Route 128. The site was used by Nike Ajax missiles.

The following data is from the ed-thelen website:

Dates of Operation: 1955-1962

History:
Nike-Ajax site. Active Army Oct 55- Jun 60.
MA ARNG Feb 58-Apr 62

Weapons Systems & Missile Load:
Nike Ajax / 30 (10 per launcher section)
12 mounted on launchers (4 per launcher section)

Missile Magazines/ Launcher Sections:
3 Magazines.
1 type "B", 2 Ajax

Nike Units:
Btry B, 24th AAA Missile Battalion (Nike)
Oct 55- Dec 56
Btry D, 605th AAA Missile Battalion (Nike)
Dec 56- Aug 58
Btry D, 1st Battalion, 57th Artillery (Nike-Ajax)
Sep 58- Jun 60
Btry D, 772d AAA Missile Battalion (MA ARNG)
Feb 58- Apr 59
Btry D, 2d Missile Battalion, 241st Artillery (MA ARNG)
May 58-Mar 62
Btry D, 1st Missile Battalion, 241st Artillery (MA ARNG)
Apr 62

In 1994, after the base was discontinued the city of Reading converted the area into the Burbank Ice Staking Arena. Access to this area is via Symonds Way off Haverhill Street. There is ample parking adjacent to the arena. Behind the arena is the posted land of the Reading Rifle & Revolver Club and their shooting range.
Link to Ed Thelen's Nike location page that includes the site you are submitting: [Web Link]

Parking location: Not Listed

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