Parks and Recreation
Holyoke Parks and Recreation seeks to develop and promote a wide variety of recreation opportunities and to encourage and inspire all Holyoke residents to come out and play in Holyoke.
We offer citywide events, neighborhood festivals and year-round recreational activities that truly enhance the quality of life for the people of Holyoke – 365 days a year.
There is always something to see and do in one of our vibrant parks or recreation facilities each and every day. You will find a program, an activity or a special place that brings you back again and again. We are just around the corner, we have something for everyone, and the benefits are endless.
For Parks & Recreation event information, please visit the "city calendar" at the top of this page.
For sign up information on specific seasonal sports please select the "Sport Programs" tab on the left side of this page. Information on sports offered throughout the year will be listed.
If you are new to programs in Holyoke or just need to know when to sign up your child, here is a helpful guide for youth sport sign ups in the City. There are many opportunities out there to keep kids active and healthy. For a full listing of organizations and sports, please visit the Parks & Recreation Department page. Click on youth sign up information to download the "PDF" file.
Holyoke Parks & Recreation tryouts for the competitive travel basketball league will be held for boys on Monday, November 3rd at Lynch Gym. There will be one 5th/6th grade and one 7th/8th grade team only for the 2014-2015 season.
Monday (11/3/14): 5:30 – 6:45 for 5th & 6th graders and 7:00 – 8:30 for 7th & 8th graders. Please arrive not later than twenty minutes prior to your scheduled time.
Players must have a signed waiver (available on site) and a copy of their birth certificate to be eligible to play. There is a $10 non-refundable tryout fee. If the player makes the team the fee is an additional $100 due prior to the first practice.
Download Program registration waiver. Please call (413) 322-5620 with questions.
For information regarding the girls' 5/6 or 7/8 grade suburban program, please contact coordinator Chris Reardon at (413) 537-0999.
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The parks and recreation commission shall have control of the public playgrounds and parks with authority to acquire land in fee or otherwise, by gift, purchase, or by the right of eminent domain, or to lease the same; and to conduct and promote thereon play, sport and physical education; and for this purpose to employ such teachers, supervisors and other officials as it may deem best and determine their compensation.
Jennifer Gilburg - term expires Jun. 30, 2013
Roger Reidy - term expires Jun. 30, 2014
Terence Murphy - term expires Jun. 30, 2015
Holyoke Parks & Recreation offers specialized and professional instruction in all sport activities, both full and 1/2 day programs throughout the summer months. A low instructor to athlete ratio and an opportunity to have fun while developing new skills are available in basketball, tennis or field hockey. Our programs have a no walk-in policy. If your child is not registered prior to the start of program, they are not eligible to participate. Check out the sport specific information below and call (413) 322-5620 if you have any questions.
Registration begins Monday, March 24, 2014! Download the necessary 2014 Registration form and Medical form to be completed by clicking on the form name. Mail your completed forms along with payment to: Holyoke Parks & Recreation, 536 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.
Field Hockey: Premier Performance Field Hockey Camp by Holyoke Parks & Recreation offers a complete field hockey experience for field players and includes specialized goal keeping instruction. Not only do we have a great facility, we have a staff that is second to none! Some of our staff includes: Co-Director Jaime Ginsberg, who is USA Field Hockey Level II certified, Jaime coached a regional U16 USA Field Hockey Futures team to a gold medal at the national tournament and is the Smith College Head Field Hockey Coach; lead coach Jess Bergen, is the head coach at Westfield State University; college and club level coaches with international playing experience as well as All-American players and leaders in the sport. $175/player. 9am – 3pm. Monday – Friday (Friday dismissal at noon). Early drop off at 8am, if needed. 2014 Registration form and Medical form. Premier_Performance 2014 BROCHURE
Tennis: Our 1/2 day program is for campers entering grades 1 – 8 and is designed for beginners – intermediate players. This popular program runs from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and is a great tennis experience. We recommend at least two weeks of the program for your child. Tennis is held at the Crosier Field Tennis Courts, located at the corner of Northampton Street and Macintosh Terrace. $25/week and two weeks are recommended. Click on the 2014 Registration form and Medical form to download the forms.
Basketball: Join high school coaches Jim Hobert, Bob Lastowski, Bill Rigali and other great instructors at the Purple Knights’ Hoop Camp. This popular camp is for players entering grades 3 – 9 and is held in Holyoke High School’s air conditioned gyms. Week #1 runs July 7-11 and week #2 is July 14-18-12. The is a no walk in policy the day of camp, so be sure to register early to ensure your child’s spot. $140/one week or $260/two weeks. 9am – 2:30pm. Monday – Friday (Friday dismissal at noon). Early drop off at 8:30 am. Click on the 2014 Registration form and Medical form to download the forms.
Kayak and Rowing Adventure:
Kayaking: Held at our state-of-the art boathouse, the instructors at Holyoke Rows will cover the essentials of kayak safety, paddling skills, map reading, gauge reading, and trip planning. We will work together to plan and prepare for an all day river trip on the last day of the program. Ages 9 – 12 years.
Crew/Rowing: Join the experienced staff of Holyoke Rows as we take to the river in a 4 or 8 person rowing shell. We have equipment for both land training in our boathouse and on the river! This 1/2 day program, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, is a great way to try something new or refine your skills. No experience is necessary. Ages 12 – 18 years. Visit: www.holyokerows.org for more information.
Soccer: The Amaral Soccer Academy brings the highest level of soccer instruction to our multi-million dollar facility. Check out their website for more information on the program, instructors, and camp dates. Visit the Amaral Soccer Academy webite.
More about Holyoke’s four season park, dog park, skating and pavilion rental information coming soon. Please visit the Community Field Facebook or call for more information.
The Arthur Roberts Sports Complex is home to a 3,000 seat stadium with an oversized multi-sport synthetic field, an eight lane collegiate track and field complex, press box, ticket booths, concession stand, field house, five tennis courts, one outdoor volleyball court and two outdoor basketball courts.
We would enjoy speaking to you about hosting your next event in Holyoke. Please call for event information and practice rentals.
There are several opportunities for youth and adults to participate in organized sports through the year. Below is a listing of sport organizations along with their contact information. If you have any further questions or would like your organization listed, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (413) 322-5620.
Baseball and Softball
Holyoke Youth Baseball – Holyoke Youth Baseball League accommodates about 600 youngsters each year between the ages of 7-14 in four divisions, with over 30 teams.
Holyoke Girl’s Softball – The Holyoke Girl’s Softball League provides opportunities for girls in grades 1 – 8 to learn and play the sport of softball.
Valley Wheel Over-30 Baseball League – A recreational baseball league for those aged 30 and up.
Suburban Basketball - The City of Holyoke offers the opportunity for 5th – 8th grade boys and girls to play Suburban basketball. Teams formed for this competitive league travel to the surrounding communities to play as well as home games and tournaments in the City. The program is for experienced players and is run through the Parks & Recreation Department during November – March. Please email or call the department for more information.
Teen Winter League – The Parks & Recreation Department, in a partnership with the YMCA, offers a winter recreational league for teens ages 13-17 years. The league runs from January – March on Sunday afternoons at the Holyoke YMCA. All are encouraged to participate. Sign ups are typically held in early January. Please call or email the department for more information.
Adult Basketball Leagues - The Parks & Recreation Department offers a winter and summer league for adults. Those interested in entering a team in either of these competitive leagues should contact the department through email or phone. The winter league runs November – February and the summer league runs June – August.
Holyoke Youth Field Hockey - The Parks & Recreation Department offers girls in grades 5-8 an opportunity to play the sport of field hockey. The season runs from August – October and games are played in Holyoke and the surrounding communities. Sign ups are typically held in late spring and players are given the necessary equipment to play. Please email or call the department for more information.
Premier Performance Summer Camp- Holyoke Parks & Recreation hosts one of the largest field hockey day camps in the State. Players aged 8-18 are coached by college coaches, college players, all-americans and leaders in the sport. The camp is held at the multi-million dollar Roberts Sports Complex.
Adult Pick-Up Games -The Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department offers pick-up field hockey for adults. Players, ages 15+, can get together and play casual small sided games. The cost is $5 per person. Roberts’ Field is located at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke,MA. Space is limited and on site registration is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please call the Holyoke Parks & Recreation office (413) 322-5620.
Nomads Field Hockey Club - The Nomads provides players an opportunity to play field hockey from December – March indoors and outdoors in the spring. High quality coaching and facilties are available through their U12, U14, U16 and U19 local and national levels.
Holyoke Youth Football – The Holyoke Youth Football League provides children in grades 3 – 8 an opportunity to play organized football. Games are played in Holyoke and surrounding communities. There may be age restrictions which exclude some eigth grade students. The league will be hosting a pilot program for flag football for younger players also.
Holyoke Youth Soccer – A recreational fall league that services Holyoke residents ages 5 -14 years old and not in high school. All players are placed on a team and all games are played in Holyoke.
Paper City Soccer Club- Founded in 2002, the Club is committed to fielding competitive soccer teams for boys and girls from Holyoke, Massachusetts and surrounding communities. The Club’s teams compete in the Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League (PVJSL) in the fall and spring. During the winter months, there is an opportunity to play local indoor soccer. The Club has teams for players 9 thru 16 years of age.
Adult Women’s Tennis - The Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a team for area women in the USTA beginner’s tennis league. Holyoke’s team, The Paper Dolls, plays surrounding area Parks and Recreation teams on Monday nights at 6 PM starting in June and will continue play through August. Teams consist of 10-12 players who are ranked at the USTA 2.5-3.0 beginners’ level. Players can be ranked after signing up. Practices are held at either Roberts or Crosier Field. There is a $40 fee for the USTA annual membership which comes with benefits. For more information please contact the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department at 322-5620.
Youth Tennis - The Parks & Recreation Department offers youth tennis programs throughout the summer months. Please call for more information.
Tennis Lessons - Private or group lessons are available through the Parks & Recreation Department. Please call (413) 322-5620 for more information.
Adult Drop-In Volleyball - The Parks & Recreation Department offers drop in volleyball for those aged 15 years and up. Typically sessions are held on Fridays from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at the Lynch gym from November – April. May – August sessions are held at the outdoor courts at the Roberts’ Sports Complex. All abilities are welcome. Please call or email the department for more information.
Volleyball League – The Greater Holyoke YMCA offers an opportunity for teams and individuals to join a volleyball league. Please visit their website: www.holyokeymca.org for more information.
Volleyball Clinics & Youth Programs - The Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of youth programming throughout the year. Please call for more information, 322-5620.
HOLYOKE’S PARKS, POOLS, PLAYGROUNDS, FIELDS & SPORT VENUES
Anniversary Field- Originally known as “Crafts Hill”, located behind John J. Lynch School, the land was purchased and named “Anniversary Park” in commemoration of Holyoke’s 50th Anniversary as a City in 1923. This is a popular area to sled in the winter and hosts football and baseball (90′ diamond) in the other seasons. Off street parking is available.
Avery Field- First called “Hampden Playground”, it was named for Mayor Nathan P. Avery, in 1933. It was under Avery’s administration that the Holyoke playground system was instituted. This was one of the first systems in the United States to adopt it as a municipal function. The park contains: one 60′ diamond, player benches and protective fence, two half basketball courts, a play structure for 5-12yr olds, swings and benches. Street parking is available.
Bennett Field - The grounds contain one 75′ diamond, player benches with protective screening, one mid-size and one large-size soccer field, one outdoor basketball court and a walking track. Parking is available at Donahue school and on the other side of the fields.
Bonin Field (Germania Park) This stadium style park contains a 60′ diamond with player benches and protective fencing. The park is a popular area for community baseball games. Street parking is available.
Community Field- Holyoke Community Field, originally planned as an enclosed athletic stadium, was dedicated on October 31, 1925. The land was gifted to the City as park and recreation property by the non-profit citizen organization Holyoke Community Field, Inc. The group, lead by Rotarian Oren B. Smith, raised funds and purchased land for use to “promote physical education and athletic exercise”. Community Field underwent a $3.1M reconstruction and renovation and has reopened in June 2012 as a year round park. Features include a 300′ refrigerated ice skating path, warming house with bathrooms, a large hill with sledding capability, two large playscape structures, picnic tables, a pavilion, an enclosed dogpark, hiking and walking trails, as well as significant improvements to the water management of the park. There is also a large recreational area dedicated to Ralph and Edward Sacks in the park. There is ample parking.
Crosier Field- Long known as “Soldier’s Field”, it was renamed and dedicated as Crosier Field on Armistice (Veteran’s) Day, 1939, in memory of the late Major William J. Crosier. Crosier was, for 15 years, the superintendent of Holyoke’s parks and playgrounds. One of Holyoke’s most popular recreation areas, Crosier Field hosts many activities and includes 60′, 75′ and 90′ diamonds, 5 tennis courts (2 light), and seasonally two soccer fields and one field hockey field. Parking is available on street and at Peck school.
Donahue School - See Bennett Field for listing of services.
Dean Technical High School - Outdoor facilities include two full basketball courts and two half courts, one 60′ diamond, and one mid-size soccer field. The fields and courts are lighted. Indoor facilities include one full sized basketball court with large bleacher seating.
Ely Court - The park contains once fenced basketball court and benches.
E.N. White School - The facilities include a 60′ diamond, player benches with protective fencing, a small soccer field (seasonal), a playscape, swings and a drop shot basketball structure. There is ample parking.
Gloutak Park The facilities include a 60′ diamond, player benches with protective fencing, a playscape for ages 3-6 and swings. Off street parking is limited.
Gramps Park The park contains benches, a wishing well and plantings. On street parking is available.
Hamilton Street Park - The park contains shaded sitting area with 27 benches, a waterpray pad, walkways and open green space. On street parking is available.
Holyoke High School – See Roberts Field and Mackenzie Stadium.
Ingleside Playground - The park contains a playscape for 3-5 year olds, swings and open space. There is on street parking available.
Jackson Courts - Formerly known as the Ward 2 playground. The park contains two outdoor basketball courts, two volleyball courts, handball courts and benches. There is on street parking available.
John Young Field This lighted, clay softball diamond hosts numerous softball leagues and events throughout the season. The field was dedicated on May 18, 1986 in memory of John Young, a long time coordinator and softball advocate. There is off street parking available and ample seating.
Jones Point Park - Jones Point Park contains a 75′ diamond, players benches with protective fencing, four tennis courts, a fenced in playscape of ages 3-6 years and a mid size soccer field (seasonally). Limited off street parking is available.
Kennedy Park - Former site of Highland School. The park covers one city block and contains, playscapes for children ages 5-12, swings, benches, lit flag pole, a 60′diamond with player benches and protective fence, open space used for a small soccer field and is irrigated. On street parking is available.
Kenney Field- Located in the Bemis Heights area, this park was dedicated on Saturday, October 19, 1974 in honor of Arthur “Red” Kenney. Kenney was Superintendent of Recreation from 1942-1970 and was responsible for the formulation of several athletic leagues and was an umpire for more than 25 years. The park contains one 60′ diamond, open space and a modern playscape. There is limited off street parking.
Kosciuszko Park - The park contains seating areas, monuments and open space. There is on street parking available.
Laurel Park - The park contains a working fountain, benches and plantings.
Lynch Gym- Located in the former John J. Lynch School at 1575 Northampton Street, Lynch Gym serves as a year-round parks and recreation facility with a basketball court, volleyball court, coaches room and other equipment. Lynch hosts daily open gyms, coaches clinics, indoor soccer, field hockey, volleyball, batting practice for softball and baseball as well as tournaments and practice rentals. There is off street parking.
Mackenzie Field - Previously known as “The Range” and later known as “Beech Street Grounds”, Mackenzie stadium, built as a Works Progress Administration project, was dedicated on Labor Day, September 4, 1939, in memory of the late
John S. Mackenzie. Mackenzie was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism on the U.S.S. Remlick, December 17, 1917. It was Holyoke’s first enclosed stadium and has hosted numerous sport teams/events including the AAA Holyoke Millers of the 1970′s and early 80′s. Today the stadium contains a 90′ diamond, stadium seating for 3,000, dugouts, a field house and is the home to NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League) team the Holyoke Sox.
Mayer Field - The park contains a 60′ diamond, player benches with protective fencing, a play structure for ages 3-6 and swings. There is on street parking available.
McMahon School - The facilities include a 60′ diamond with protective fencing, a small soccer field, a mid size soccer field, a basketball half court, 2 set of bleachers (5-tier), school playground structure and paved play area. There is ample parking.
McNally Field- One of the original three City playgrounds. On Sunday, May 31, 1939, the West St./Ward One Playground was renamed and dedicated in memory of Sergeant William J. McNally. Sgt. McNally was an honored veteran, leader in sports and was an example to the youth of the City. He was killed in action in June of 1918 while serving in France. The park contains a 60′lighted diamond with player benches and player protective fence, one lighted basketball court, 1 5-tier bleacher, paved play area, Bathroom and storage building. There is ample parking.
McNulty Park- Dedicated on Saturday, October 23, 1965 in honor of Holyoke Parks Superintendent Patrick Henry McNulty. The land was gifted to the City for use as a park from Stop & Shop. The Parks Commission honored McNulty for his dedicated municipal service that spanned 42 years, taking over for Major William Crosier. The park contains some playground equipment, benches and two areas that overlook the Connecticut River. There is limited off street parking available.
Mitchell Field- Edwin J. Mitchell Field was originally named Prospect Field. In was renamed in 1933 and formally dedicated in honor of Private Mitchell in 1937. The field became most popular and at one time included the retaining wall, permanent bleachers and a new backstop. Still a popular spot for baseball, the park contains a 90′ diamond, player benches and protective fencing. There is limited on street parking.
Morgan Street Park This pocket park is just over 1/2 acre in size and is situated in a residential neighborhood. There are swings and a seating area. There is on street parking.
Morneau Tennis Courts Located with in the Roberts Sports Complex, the five tennis court area is named after long time City tennis volunteer, advocate and coach Steve Morneau.
Peasants Park This is a small passive park with seating areas and a brick patio. On street parking is available.
Peck School The William Peck School is host to several Parks & Recreation programs including Suburban Basketball games and adult volleyball. Ample parking is available.
Pina Park (formerly called Ward 1 Pool or Center Street Park)- This 1/2 acre park is home to a small water spray pad, a play structure for 5-12 year olds and has bench seating. There is on street parking.
Pulaski Park One of Holyoke’s flagship parks, it was originally named Kerry Park and later Prospect Park, the park was rededicated in 1939 to General Count Casimir Pulaski. Pulaski was a Polish hero who contributed to the American War of Independence. Almost twelve acres in size, Pulaski Park was designed by Frederick Olmstead and continues to showcase the views of the Connecticut River and the Dam. Shaded walkways, benches and flowing pathways lend to a beautiful setting at the edge of downtown Holyoke. The eastern edge of the park also hosts a large water spray area and is being redesigned to house a skatepark.
Roberts’ Field Sports Complex (formerly called Alumni Field at Holyoke High School) is one of Holyoke’s flagship parks/facilities. Named in honor of one of Holyoke’s outstanding athletes and most successful citizens, the twenty two acre complex is host to: a multi sport, lighted synthetic field with stadium seating for 3,000 fans. There is also an eight lane NCAA track venue along with being able to host all required field events; the Morneau Tennis Courts, an outdoor volleyball court and handball court. The complex is complete with a press box, ticket booths, field house and a concession stand.
Rohan Park (formerly Kirtland School) The park is built on the grounds of the former Kirtland School and hosts two play structures for 3-5 and 5-12 year olds, swings, picnic tables, benches, walkways and a large open space area for play. There is on street parking available.
Roosevelt Park This small traffic island houses a monument and flag pole.
Sheard Park- Named in honor of Holyoke Army serviceman Lt. William “Bill” J. Sheard, who died in action in World War II December 21, 1944. The former Ward Six playground was constructed in 1961 in the area known as Poor Park. Bill Sheard was well known, captain of the baseball and basketball teams as well as president of the class of 1929 at Sacred Heart High. The park contains the bronze memorial plaque, open space and several benches to enjoy the passive park. There is on street parking available.
Soucey Park This small City park houses a play structure for 3-5 year olds, swings, bench seating, a handball court and a 1/2 basketball court. There is on street parking.
Springdale Park One of Holyoke’s flagship parks, Springdale is almost thirty acres in size and is located along the Connecticut River. The park once housed a full sized horse racing track with a grandstand. There are two 60′ diamonds, one 75′ diamond and one 90′ diamond along with player benches and protective fencing. The park also hosts soccer fields, four picnic tables, two beach volleyball courts, one basketball court, one handball court, two play structures for 3-5 and 5-12 year olds, swings, a large water spray pad and walking paths.
Sullivan School There is one 60′ softball diamond with player benches, a lighted basketball court with four extra hoops. There is off street parking available.
Valley Arena Park Valley Arena Park is undergoing a usage study.
Veteran’s Park (Hampden Park)- Originally known as Hampden Park, located in downtown Holyoke, it was renamed Veteran’s Memorial Park on January 22, 1962. This park is home to the Soldiers Monument “Female Liberty” which was formally dedicated on July 4, 1876. The monument, designed by H.G. Ellicott of Virginia, is a memorial to the 55 people from Holyoke who died in the Civil War. Today, the park also contains Vietnam, Korean Conflict and World War II memorials, several benches and open space. Traditionally, Holyoke holds a Memorial Day Ceremony at the park along with veteran’s groups, dignitaries, City police and fire departments, the Holyoke High School band, the Caladonian Band, R.O.T.C., Scout Troops and local families. The park is currently undergoing a $1.5M renovation that includes improvements to the lighting, trees, walking areas, decorative fencing, seating, and irrigation.
Roland Pouliot Pool Located at 575 Maple Street, Pouliot pool is a 200,000 gallon public swimming pool that is typically open annually from July 1 – mid-August. There is no charge to use the pool. Please call for more information.
When do I sign up my child for sports?
If you are interested in involving your child in a sport activity, under the Parks & Recreation department page there is a listing of sport activities for the entire year. As a general rule, sign ups for a specific sport are held a season prior the activity. For example, winter sports hold their sign ups in the fall and spring sports typically hold their sign ups in the winter. The exception are fall sports. They hold their sign ups in the spring, as summer time does not work for many people.
What is there to do?
The new City website has a community calendar that lists multiple events. Visit: www.holyoke.org and the events are listed right on the front page.
At what age can my child start playing sports?
Activity is very important in a child’s development. However, most organized and instructional sports typically do not start until kindergarten age, some start even later. If you are looking for a program for younger children, we suggest contacting a private business that has programs that allow kids to be social while developing motor skills.
Do I need a permit to play a game or hold a practice in a City park?
City parks are open to the public. However, by obtaining a permit for a specific location and time, you can assure your usage. If a team or organization is permitted to use a location, they have the first right to use the field. Fields are generally booked well in advance, so please call ahead. (413) 322-5620.
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Posted on October 4, 2012 by cityadmin