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.

Fabulous February 2019

Four Days of Fabulous February Fun and Fascinating Adventures!

Monday, February 18

-Mission Impossible (9:-00 AM - 2:00 PM) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

-Ice Sculpture (10:00 AM - 2:30 PM)

-Regreen Springfield (10:00 AM - Noon) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

-Hot Dog Roast (10:30 AM - 2:30 PM)

-Face Painting (10:30 AM - 2:30 PM)

--Birds of Prey (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

Tuesday, February 19

-Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3 Sessions) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR EACH SEASON

-Public Skating (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (Skate with Thunderbirds' Mascot Boomer from Noon to 1:30 PM) (Youth - $3.00, Adult: $5.00, Skates: $4.25)

Wednesday, February 20

-Adventure Challenge (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

-Pool, Pizza and Ice Cream Party (10:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (Cost: $10/Perons CASH ONLY!) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Thursday, February 21

-Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (10:00 AM - 12:50 PM, 3 Sessions) - REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR EACH SEASON

For programs requiring pre-registration call 413-787-6435 or 413-750-2652

Download the flyer to get all the details.

Summer Enrichment Program Details Coming Soon

The Recreation Division is offering fun-filled, hands-on, project-based enrichment programs for Springfield residents, ages 6-13, that will allow your child to use their imagination, try new things and make new friends. These activities include: language arts, arts and culture, health and fitness, leadership, community service, science and engineering, swimming, recreation and sports. Each site will run 6 weeks of programming focused on a specific theme.

General Information

Ages Served: 6-13

Dates of Program: July 1, 2019 - August 9, 2019 (Closed July 4th)

Hours: TBD

Location: Various locations TBD

Phone: 413-750-2652 or 413-313-1355

Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee for the first child. $25 for each additional sibling.

Additional field trip fees may apply.


Begins: May 2019- exact date TBD

Ends: TBD/when program slots are filled

Recreation Office Regular Business Hours:

8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Phone: 413-750-2652 or 413-313-1355

All of our Summer Programs are contingent on funding.

Get this information as a printable flyer.

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. Click on the link for more information!

02H (Overweight to Healthy)- This aquatic fitness program is designed to meet the specific needs of those who are extremely overweight or obese. Exercising in the water allows for low-impact movements that increase range of motion and circulation. Whether you are simply walking or using our aquatic fitness equipment for extra resistance, we can offer a personalized workout for you at your own pace. No swim experience is needed! Click the link for more information!

Lifeguard Training Classes- If you are at least 15 years of age and want to become a lifeguard, call the Aquatics office to sign up at 413-787-6298. The lifeguard training is a great way to earn extra money after school or over the summer! It is also a step in the right direction for a job in the medical field. Many of our lifeguards go on to be EMT's, Paramedics, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and more! Special offers apply to Springfield Public School students!

WSI (Water Safety Instructor) - If you wish to be certified to teach swimming lessons, this is the program for you. Help children from the ages of three and up learn how to swim and feel more comfortable in the water. It is a great way to earn extra money whether you are a student or someone with another full time job. The City of Springfield offers this course at a very low rate compared to other organizations! Call the Aquatics office for more information!


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 5.  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!


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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)

Open Gym Programs

Brookings Elementary School (Walnut Street)Mon. - Wed.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Middle School (Oakland Street)Mon. - Fri. (Closed Tuesdays)5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gerena Elementary School (Birnie Ave.)Mon. - Fri.6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kennedy Middle School (Berkshire Ave.)Mon. - Wed.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Milton Bradley Elementary School (Mulberry Street)Mon. - Fri.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Programs start the week of December 3, 2018. For more information call 787-6434. 

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Page last updated:  Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:40 am