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.

Parks Department 140th Anniversary Celebrations

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Register For Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger Afterschool

Online registration for our afterschool programs is open. Click on the link below to register. Please remember that these programs are only open to children in grades 1 to 5 who attend the school during the school day. Registrations can only be completed online.

If you registered online for our programs for Summer 20222 then you have already created an account and just need to login or reset your password and then login. If you did not register online for Summer 2022, then you will need to create an account before you can register.


Afterschool Registration For Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger Elementary Schools

The registration link will be available at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 26. Please note that your child must attend the school during the day and be in grades 1-5 (no Kindergarteners) in order to be eligible for the afterschool program. Click on the flyer to download.

Springfield Open Space and Recreation Plan 2022-2027

The Springfield Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP) 2022-2027 draft plan is available for review.  The public is invited to review this document send any comments & feedback to  The City’s OSRP outlines goals and initiatives relating to park and open space improvements city-wide and is a strategic planning document that guides the development of the City’s open space & park projects in the coming years. The OSRP will be submitted to the Commonwealth Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, which enables the City to receive critical state and federal funding. Please also take a moment to complete & share the City of Springfield Open Space & Recreation Survey online at:

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Open Space Map

Open Gym Programs

Night Gym starts on Monday, December 12. Runs from 5:30 to 8:30 each night it's open. The programs will be open until April. Also, please note that if the schools are closed for any reason then the program is closed.

Site Days
Brookings Elementary School (Walnut Street) Mon. - Wed.
Forest Park Middle School (Oakland Street) Mon. - Fri. (Closed Tuesdays)
Chestnut Middle School (Plainfield St.) Mon. - Fri. (Closed Wednesday)
Kennedy Middle School (Berkshire Ave.) Mon. - Wed.
Milton Bradley Elementary School (Mulberry Street) Mon. - Fri.

For more information call 787-6434. 

Bowles 21st Century Afterschool Program Video



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 Friday and Saturday from 7:00 PM-8:50 PM and Sunday from 2:00 PM:3:50 PM beginning on Saturday, October 14.  There is a $5.00 admission fee ($3.00 for youth) and a $4.00 skate rental fee.  Birthday parties may be scheduled please call 787-6438 after 4:00 p.m. for booking and fee information.

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

"Firsts Things First - Celebrating Springfield"

The City of 50 Firsts!

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Sports leagues

Page last updated:  Thursday, November 17, 2022 09:49 am