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Event takes place on October 24, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Parks & Recreation Office - City Hall

Parks & Recreation Commission

Parks & Recreation Office

536 Dwight Street

Holyoke, MA  01040

Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:15 pm




1        Call to Order


2        Acceptance of Minutes from the June 6, 2019 meeting.


3        Correspondence Received – Public Hearing Notices & Decisions

  • Holyoke Historical Commission, Demolition Application:2 West Court (17 John Street), 6/20/19 City Hall Annex.
  • Holyoke Stormwater Authority, Notice, June 3, 2019 at the Department of Public Works, Mt. Tom Generating Company for activities related to the ongoing closure of the Mt. Tom Generating Plant.
  • Notice of Community Outreach Meeting – for proposal for a marijuana Establishment. June 17, 2019 for 250 Chestnut Street.  Proposed location, 602-606 Main Street.
  • Notice of Decision, Office of Planning & Development, Case 138, Loophole Brewing, 104 Whiting Farms Road, approved with conditions. June 17, 2019
  • Public Hearing Notice, Planning Board, June 25, 2019, City Hall Annex; Special Permit for Multiple Principle Structures, submitted by the Colvest Group. (Lynch School)
  • Office of Community Development, Early Notice and Public Review of Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain. August 5, 2019
  • Office of Community Development, Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a Floodplain (Springdale Park) August 29, 2019.
  • Office of Planning & Econmoic Development. 6/11/19, City Hall Annex, Review petition submitted by 3 Keys Cahoots, 104 Whiting Farms Road.
  • Office of Planning & Economic Development, Site Plan Review, Colvest Group, 1575 Northampton Street. 6/11/19, City Hall Annex.


Correspondence Received – Other

  • Melissa Nestor, Donahue School – thank you letter to Parks & Recreation for donation of popcorn and snow cone machines. June 2019
  • Nueva Esperanza thank you for use of Carlos Vega Park for hosting Noche de San Juan Festival.
  • Robert Comeau, thank you for allowing tours of Smiths Ferry Cemetery.
  • Edward Caise, Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative – thank you for hosting the 8th Annual back to School event at McNally Field.
  1. City Council Orders Received
  • Introduced by Councilors Terence Murphy & Linda Vacon

Ordered, that all department heads submit to the City Council their expected capital improvement needs for the next five years.  These reports should include the rationale for these projects, the estimated potential costs for each expenditure and the urgency of each, noting on a scale of 1 – 4 with 1 the most pressing need.

In City Council June 4, 2019.


  • Introduced by Councilor James Leahy

Ordered, the Parks Department refills the dog waste bags at each park and that they monitor these weekly.

In City Council June 18, 2019


  • Introduced by Councilor Todd McGee

Ordered, that the City Council vote to approve an exemption from MGL Ch.268A, Sec. 20(b), the Conflict of Interest Law for Lhea Destromp, an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department., to work as a contracted employee for personal services with the School Department. 

In City Council, September 16, 2019


  1. Budget
  • Discussion on next year’s budget request. Minimum wage rises to $13/hr in January 2020.  The cost of staffing the new, outdoor pool for 8 – 10 weeks will be substantially higher than pool costs in 2014.
  1. New Business
  • Diosdado Lopez, La Familia Hispana, submitted packets of information to the Parks Commissioners requesting the use of Springdale Park on May 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2020, for the 33rd Annual Hispanic Family Festival.
  • Community Preservation Act – Funding Round

The two projects that Parks submitted for funding were accepted as Eligible Projects:  New Play Equipment and possibly improved pedestrian access at Mayer Field and New Play Equipment with improved access at Jones Point Park.  Applications are due for submission by November 15, 2019

  • Community Development Block Grant Proposals – discussion.
  • Loud Speaker Permits – Review of Current Policy
  • Porta-Potties in City Parks – Discussion about safety
  • Pina Park – Mural recently completed by artist Tyrone Bowie, Jr.
  • South Chestnut Street Park – Artwork being completed by Artist and part-time employee, Gustavo Romero.
  • Ely Park/Myriam Miranda Courts, 70 Lyman Street, Drinking Well Decommission Permit was received by the Parks Department from the Board of Health. During construction of the Miranda Courts, an old drinking well was discovered.
  • South Chestnut Street Park – A new bench was installed w/ a plaque and a tree was planted in honor of former longtime employee, Keith Gamble, the ceremony was held in conjunction with the Bethlehem Baptist annual Picnic on August 10, 2019. Carol Lesprance spoke on behalf of the Parks Department.
  • Pulaski Park – Adult Outdoor Fitness Center. The project was totally completed in late August.
  • Valley Arena Park – Rededication Ceremony was held in June 2019.
  • Metcalf School, Girls on The Run Team, forwarded a donation of $204.50 in June to the Parks & Recreation Department. One week of sports camp was donated to a resident and hydrangea bushes were planted in front of Metcalf School in September.  Parks Staff Member, Manon Henchy coordinated the planting ceremony with Principal Burke and the Girls on the Run Team.



  1. Old Business
  • Roberts Field – Status Report
  • Pouliot Pool – Status Report
  • New Playground Installation at EN White School – Status Report
  • Taste of South Holyoke – Update on Parks sponsorship/reimbursement
  • Myriam Miranda Courts at Ely Park – dedication of Park property was approved by City Council on 6/20/19. The Annual Stop the Violence Tournament on June 29, 2019, also served as the dedication ceremony in honor of Myriam Miranda.
  • The Holyoke War Memorial Commission held a Re-Dedication Ceremony on July 22, 2019 at the American Ex-Prisoner of War Monument on Westfield Road and Roosevelt Ave.


  1. Recreation Report
  • Summer Programs, Swim & Gym, Activity Leaders & all camps ceased operations on August 16, 2019.
  • Roberts Field is hosting Youth Field Hockey, Holyoke Youth Football as well as adult touch football leagues.
  • A Mermaid Parade & movie celebration took place at Community Field on Friday, August 16th.
  • Aaron Vega’s Annual Family Fun Day was held at Community Field on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • Senior Fest was held at Summit View on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Part-time staff member, Carol Houle did a fantastic job of getting donations and prizes for the sold-out picnic.
  • Pulaski Park – Hydra Cross Training Bike Race was held on Saturday, September 14th, 2019.
  • Fall Softball will cease the 1st week in November
  • On October 12th, Lhea Destromp and Terry Murphy hosted a Domino Tournament at Carlos Vega Park.
  • The Valley Cup Field Hockey Tournament was held at Roberts Field on October 19th & 20th. Congratulations to Ellie Wilson, volunteer coach and coordinator.
  • Parks Part-time Staff Members, Carol Lesprance and Adanix Correa are currently enrolled in a ServSafe Course.
  • Holyoke Heritage State Park/Merry Go Round will host the Parks & Recreation Department’s Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 26th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • City Hall will host pre-school children on Thursday, October 30, 2019 from 10:00 – 12:00.
  • Suburban Basketball – Tryouts will take place during the 1st week in November, dates and times t/b/a.
  • Annual Tree Lighting and Light Parade will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.


  1. New Hires

Leah Destromp & Sarah Kukla, Program Specialist

Stephen Sugrue, Community Field Support Staff


  1. Adjournment



The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chairwoman which may be discussed at the meeting.
Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law






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