Parks and Rec
Holyoke is home to a wide array of municipal, state, and private land trust parks. The largest of these is Springdale Park, is home to the annual Western Massachusetts Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. In total the city department of parks and recreation maintains 47 listed municipal facilities comprising nearly 250 acres, and including several baseball diamonds, playgrounds, a skatepark, basketball courts, tennis courts, a municipal pool, and a dog park.
The Holyoke Water Works also maintains land holdings for the preservation of its watershed, some of which are open to the public, including Ashley Reservoir and Whiting Street Reservoir, which allow hiking, but bar certain activities such as fishing, dog walking, and swimming. This same area, which transects the Metacomet Ridge, also contains a portion of the New England National Scenic Trail, managed by the National Park Service.
There are two state parks in Holyoke maintained by the Commonwealth's Department of Conservation and Recreation, the largest being the Mount Tom State Reservation, as well as the urban Holyoke Heritage State Park which was built on the site of the former Skinner Silk Mill, adjacent to City Hall.
The Trustees of Reservations maintain several parks in the city, including the Dinosaur Footprints Reservation, Land of Providence, and Little Tom Mountain. The latter, once part of the Mount Tom Ski Area, has remained closed since the ski resort shuttered in 1998, and was subsequently purchased in part by the Trustees, along with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club.
In recent years there has been discussion of reopening the property as a nature camp, or potentially as a special permit skiing area, however while some have still used the remaining ski slopes in recent years, the area has been subject to vandalism and remains closed with no plans for reopening agreed by its landholders.
The Greater Holyoke YMCA
at the corner of Beech and Appleton Streets
The birthplace of Volleyball! The Greater Holyoke YMCA is home to two pools, swimming programs for all ages, 50+ exercise classes each week a Preschool, before-and after-school Child Care, Child Watch, Kid Zone, strength training equipment, volleyball leagues, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, senior wellness, a masters swimming club and more. But We’re More Than a Gym. We’re a Cause. Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain – the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Join us! Visit our website.