Parks Dept. Fun for Kids and Families

Just A Reminder!

If you have any Park maintenance issues please remember to call 311.  You may also visit the 311 website.

"On The Wilder Side"

If you are looking for a fun-filled out-of-the-ordinary experience, this adventure program is just right for you and promises to be EXTRA-ordinary!  There will be five, one-week sessions that include team building games and challenges, kayaking, fishing, swimming, treasure hunts, hiking, snorkeling, survival skills and out-of-the-box adventure!  This year’s lineup has a ropes challenge course to add even more excitement and challenges to your wilder experience! From beginner to expert level, you will learn new skills while exploring fun ways of helping each other AND our environment.  Come uncover the REAL you in this unique program of self esteem and competence building.

Address: 1524 Parker St Springfield

Camp Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

So c’mon…take a week on the wilder side…or take two!

To register or for questions contact Brad Miller, Next Level Adventures at 413-530-1301

You can also register online.

Preview/Print the Registration Form

Email Brad Miller (Director of On the Wilder Side)

Aquatics Programs

•Learn to Swim - The City of Springfield's Aquatics Department offers swimming lessons at a wide variety of levels. All Learn to Swim classes are available to participants ages three years and up. From getting your child comfortable in the water to perfecting your strokes, our program has everything needed to watch your child, or even yourself, grow into a strong and confident swimmer.

•Family Swim - The Family Swim program gives the entire family an opportunity to have fun, get in shape, get healthy, and spend time together in a safe environment. It can be an amazing thing to watch families bond while having fun!

•Aquaventure - An exciting new adventure awaits the participants of this program! A certified and licensed instructor will oversee the curriculum, which includes: kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving basics.

•Aqua-Zumba - A combination of dance and aerobics blend together for this latest trend in water fitness. This fast-paced fitness class provides participants with a fun and exciting way to stay in shape.

For flyers and additional information please visit the Aquatics page.

Public skating

Public skating is offered at Cyr Arena in Forest Park on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. beginning on Friday, October 6.  There is a $5.00 admission fee ($3.00 for youth) and a $4.25 skate rental fee.  Birthday parties may be scheduled please call 787-6438 after 4:00 p.m. for booking and fee information.

Valley Advocate Votes Forest Park Best Public Park 2013!

With 736 acres of open space and a variety of recreation options for the whole family, Forest Park, the crown jewel of Springfield, has been voted the best public park in the Pioneer Valley by the Valley Advocate!  Stop by today to see what’s blooming!


For more information on park amenities and hours, visit

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Afterschool Programs

Looking for a free afterschool program that provides a safe, fun-filled environment for your children with lots of opportunities for hands-on educational and recreational activities to support what they do during the school day? The Recreation Division of the Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management (DPBRM) runs afterschool programs at six elementary schools located throughout the city and funded by the City of Springfield and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


This is awesome! You guys are doing a great job. I just want to thank you for letting my children be involved in the program.  (A Pottenger Parent)




Camp STAR Angelina Universal Master Plan

Master Plan Flyer
Master Plan Brochure

Open Gym Programs

Brookings Elementary School (Walnut Street)Mon. - Wed.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Middle School (Plainfield Street)Mon. - Fri.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Middle School (Oakland Street)Mon. - Fri.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kennedy Middle School (Berkshire Ave. Indian Orchard)Mon. - Wed.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Milton Bradley Elementary School (Mulberry Street)Mon. - Fri.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

End dates are subject to change.  For more information call 787-6434.  Programs start the week of December 5, 2016 and run through the week of May 8, 2017.  The Open Gym programs are funded by Health New England.

"Firsts Things First - Celebrating Springfield"

The City of 50 Firsts!

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Sports leagues

The Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management offers a variety of recreational sports leagues to city residents. Want to register someone for a particular sport? Here's a list of contacts.

Page last updated:  Monday, September 11, 2017 01:21 pm