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.
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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.
Robert Lastowksi – term expires June 30, 2019 (Vice-Chair)
Libby Hernandez – term expires June 30, 2020 (Chair)
The Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to developing and promoting recreational opportunities for the residents of the community.
Please check this page for updated information regarding upcoming events!
Christmas Tree Lighting/Parade of Lights
December 1, 2018
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm ~ Visit with Santa on the Pioneer Valley Railroad Train (Heritage State Park)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ~ Crafts & Hot Oven Cookies (City Hall)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ~ Holyoke High Bell & Madrigal Choir, First Lutheran Choir
5:30 pm ~ Parade of Lights – Leave Holyoke High School – Traveling to Hampshire Street down to High Street High Street
6:00 pm ~ Christmas Tree Lighting (City Hall)
Join Mayor Alex Morse and the Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department as the City hosts its Annual Christmas Tree lighting celebration
Cookies and Milk with Santa
December 15, 2018
Holyoke City Hall Council Chambers
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visit with Santa and enjoy cookies and milk, crafts and stories from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Holyoke City Hall Council Chambers on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa. The Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts will be providing milk and cookies. For more information, please contact the Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department at 322-5620
Pet Food Drive
Holyoke Parks and Recreation is running a Pet Food Drive to benefit local pets in need this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at the Parks Department office, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Doantions will be made to the Dakin Humane Society, Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center and Kane’s Krusade.
The following is a list of needed items:
Cats and Kittens
- Canned cat food (cats prefer pate style, rather than chunks-in-gravy)
- Dry cat food (opened bags are okay: we give them to feral cat colony feeders)
- Human baby food (chicken or turkey, meat & gravy-style only, no vegetables please)
- Cat litter (clay, clumping and non-clumping)
- Cat toys
- Small ceramic cat bowls (busy kitties knock regular bowls over!)
- Fleece material (we cannot accept other linens at this time)
- Light tuna in water
Dogs and Puppies
- Freeze dried beef liver (for training)
- Bully sticks (to keep dogs busy)
- Hot dogs (for training)
- Greenies Pill Pockets
- Kraft Easy Cheese / spray cheese – makes medication time yummy!
- Fleece material (we cannot accept any other linens at this time)
Birds, Bunnies, and Other Small Animals
- Large cages in excellent condition
- Fresh greens, red and orange peppers
- Carefresh bedding
Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies
- Large trash bags
- Paper Towels
- Hand Sanitizer
- Dish Soap
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Liquid hand soap
- Facial tissues
- Postage stamps
- Copy Paper
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 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.
Holyoke Allies – The Allies Baseball Club of Holyoke is a Not for Profit organization to bring quality coaching in a positive environment for youth ball players.
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.
John Murphy Summer Youth League – Please contact Parks & Recreation at 413-322-5620 for more information on this great opportunity to play baseball throughout the summer.
The Miracle League of Western Mass – The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts was founded by Tammy and Ernie Fitzell. It began with the simple idea, provide children and adults of all abilities the chance to play baseball. The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts will be serving all communities in Western Mass and Northern Connecticut.
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.
Our Lady of Guadalupe CYO Basketball Program – This program is designed for youth in grades K – 8. The K-2 games are co-ed while the leagues for 3rd&4th, 5th&6th, 7th&8th grades have both boys and girls teams. The season runs from November – March.
Holyoke Youth Field Hockey – The Parks & Recreation Department offers girls in grades 1-8 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.
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 Girl’s Youth Lacrosse was founded in Spring 2016 and offers instruction and game play for interested players. Please call the office for more information.
Pioneer Valley Youth Hockey Association offers new skaters a place to learn the skills of skating. The goal of our programs are to help skaters have fun while learning to skate safely. Please visit www.pioneervalleyhockey.org for more information.
Holyoke Urban Bike School (HUBS)
HUBS is an after-school program located at the Holyoke YMCA which uses bicycle mechanics and riding as a vehicle for Youth development. HUBS is a community collaborative bike school offering a wide range of services and programs: earn-a-Bike classes, tune-ups and repairs, as well as used bike sales. For more information, please contact HUBS @ 413-534-5631, ext. 114 or visit the website.
Learn in Motion
Learn in Motion is a pre-school age sports group that nurtures, challenges and engages your child in a fun and secure environment. For more information, please contact Christopher Gibaldi (201-575-0671) or Hope Ross (413-244-2073) or visit the website www.learninmotionma.com
Holyoke Youth Soccer – A recreational fall league that services Holyoke residents ages 5 -14 years old and not in high school. The HYSL is the largest of the soccer organizations in which 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.
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.
HOLYOKE’S PARKS, POOLS, PLAYGROUNDS, FIELDS & SPORT VENUES
Anniversary Field ~ Originally known as “Crafts Hill”, located behind the former 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 at 1575 Northampton Street.
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, backstop, player benches and protective fence, one full size basketball court, a play structure for 5-8 yr olds, swings and benches. Street parking is available. This park was completely renovated in 2014. Located off Oak Street.
Bennett Field ~ The grounds contain a 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 at 210 Whiting Farms Road 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. The park is located on Jackson Street. 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 was 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 courts are lighted), and seasonally two soccer fields and one field hockey field. Parking is available on street and at Peck school 1916 Northampton St.
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. The 60′ diamond was upgraded with new lighting and a new dugouts, courtesy of the Holyoke Youth Baseball League. A new scoreboard is anticipated in 2018. Located at Dean Technical High School 1045 Main Street.
Donahue School ~ Refer to Bennett Field for a listing of services.
Ely Court ~ The park contains once fenced basketball court and benches. Scheduled for renovation in 2018. Located on Center and Lyman Streets.
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 on Elm Street.
Carlos Vega Park ~ The park contains shaded sitting area with benches, a waterspray pad, walkways and open green space. The waterspray pad was installed in 2015. In 2018 new Domino Benches will be installed. 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 on Arthur Street.
Jackson Courts ~ Formerly known as the Ward 2 playground. The park contains two outdoor basketball courts, green space, handball courts and benches. There is on street parking available on Canal Street.
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. Located at 500 Beech Street.
Jones Point Park ~ Jones Point Park contains a 75′ diamond, players benches with protective fencing, a fenced in playscape of ages 3-6 years and a mid size soccer field (seasonally). The old tennis courts will be demolished and new ones constructed in 2018. Limited off street parking is available on Oxford Road.
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 on Lyman and Maple Streets.
Laurel Park ~ The park contains a working fountain, benches and plantings. The fountain was renovated in 2016 with CDBG funds. Park is located between Laurel and Willow Streets.
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, 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 on Westfield Road.
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. Located on Kane Road.
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. The play scape and swings were installed in 2013. Located behind Kelly School at 216 West Street.
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. New walkways, benches and improved lighting is anticipated for the year 2018. 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 on Morgan Street.
Morneau Tennis Courts ~ Located within the Roberts Sports Complex, the five tennis court area is named after long time City tennis volunteer, advocate and coach Steve Morneau. Demolition and reconstruction is expected in 2018. Located on Resnic Blvd.
Peasants Park ~ This is a small passive park with seating areas and a brick patio. Located on Appleton and Beech Streets 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 at 1916 Northampton St.
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. New playscape and swings were installed in 2016. 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, playscape, basketball and volley ball courts. A skate park was constructed in 2104. An adult fitness center is planned for installation in 2018.
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, handball court and 2 full size basketball courts The complex is complete with a press box, ticket booths, field house and a concession stand. In 2016 both the field and track were refurbished.
Rohan Park ~ (formerly Kirtland School) The park is built on the grounds of the former Kirtland School and named for State Representative, Robert Rohan. The park 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 on Franklin and Sargeant Streets.
Roosevelt Park ~ This small traffic island houses a monument and flag pole on Westfield Road.
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.
Soucy Park ~ This small City park was completely renovated in 2017. It houses a play structure and swings for 8 year olds and under. There is bench seating, improved lighting and walkways, and space for public art. Located on Spring St. 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. Playground rehab anticipated for 2018/2019. Located on Main Street.
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. Located on Jarvis Avenue.
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 “Lady 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 received a $1.5M renovation in 2012 that included improvements to the lighting, trees, walking areas, decorative fencing, seating, and irrigation. Located in a city block bordered by Dwight, Chestnut, Hampden and Maple Streets.
Wyatt Harper Park ~ Located on Jarvis Ave.-a passive park at present.
Water Spray Park Locations:
Carlos Vega Park
South Chestnut Street Park
Roland Pouliot Pool ~ Located at 575 Maple Street, Pouliot Pool was a 200,000 gallon public swimming pool. The municipal pool was closed following the 2015 season. Funds have been secured for a new pool to be opened in the 2018-2019 seasons.
In 2017, a small playground was installed at Beaudouin Village.
Posted on January 2018 by Parks Administration
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?
This website has a community calendar that lists multiple events. Check out the events 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.
Community Field Rental Fees
2 hours ~ $100.00
4 hours ~ $125.00
8 hours ~ $250.00
Pavilion includes: 4 picnic tables, 2 charcoal grills (must bring own charcoal)
Available 7 days a week
$15.00 per table (unlimited time)
Tables are located in the field before the pavilion, playground area, water spray and restrooms.
Call 322-5620 for more information
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Posted on October 4, 2012 by Parks Admin