New Website for the City of Springfield

Welcome to the new and improved City of Springfield website! We appreciate your patience as we roll out the updated website.  We hope you find it easier to use, especially on mobile devices. If you find a problem or have an opinion to share, good or bad, please use this form to let us know what you think of the new website design.

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.

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 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!


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)

Open Gym Programs

Brookings Elementary School (Walnut Street)Mon. - Wed.5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chestnut Middle School (Plainfield Street)Mon. - Fri. (Closed Wednesdays)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.5:30 pm - 8:00 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 November 27, 2017 and run through the week of April 9, 2018.  The Open Gym programs are funded by Health New England.

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Sports leagues

Page last updated:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018 01:46 pm