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.

Cyr Arena No Public Skating January 28-30

Cyr Arena will have no public skating January 28-30 due to COVID-19.

Important Update For Our After School Programs At Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger - Start Date Delayed

Due to COVID-19, and current staffing shortages we have tentatively postponed the start dates for our after school programs at Bowles, DeBerry and Pottenger. Therefore, the programs will not begin on Monday, October 25th. At this time, we do not have a projected start date.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause you and your family. We have notified the school. Check our website for any updates.

For any questions or concerns contact the Educational Coordinator, Esther Alicea, at 413-313-1355 or Director of Recreation, Paula Thayer, at 413-750-2479. We appreciate your time and patience.

Register For Afterschool Program At DeBerry Now

Click Here To Register ***** POTTENGER IS FULL *****

Youre child must attend the school to participate in the afterschool program.

Paper registration forms for the Bowles 21st CCLC afterschool program are available in the office at Bowles Elementary School.

Directions For Completing Afterschool Enrichment Registration (Part 1 and 2)

1. Visit our main page to see registration link which will be available at 9:00 AM on Monday, September 27th 2021.

2. Once you click the registration link please choose “add parent or guardian”, at least one adult must be registered from the family before any children can be registered.

-Select the sessions and the number of children you are registering for each session below.

-This will reserve the number of positions chosen in each session for 10 minutes so you have time to register your entire family. After ten minutes any positions for which you have not registered a child will no longer be reserved and you will not be guaranteed a spot in the respective session. Please do this as quickly as possible as others might be registering at this time. If spots become unavailable in the time it takes you to fill out this form you will be notified and given the opportunity to select different sessions and numbers of spots.

3. To save and move forward, please click “I have read and agree with Terms and Conditions” then click “save parent or guardian”.

4. Note - your child/ren has its selected session reserved for 10 minutes.

5. To move forward please select from the following steps “Add parent or guardian” then, “Add child”, and then “Add pick up agent”.

6. Selecting “add child”

-Select 1 child’s registration site and complete the following information required.

-Then “save child”

7. You must continue this process if you are registering more than 1 child

8. Once “save child” has been selected you will receive an email for each child that has been registered.

-This email will confirm that we have received your child's part 1 Afterschool Enrichment registration.

-Please bear in mind that you must now complete part 2 which can be found in this email. The following information must be completed within the next 3 business days to ensure your child's slot/spot in the Afterschool Enrichment program. If you do not complete it within 3 business days your registration will be incomplete and considered invalid.

9. Please select “Add pick up agent” to add additional pick up options.

10. Please follow the link in the email to complete all and/or any additional required information

-Note – this may take 15-20 minutes to complete.

11. Once you have completed email portion select “submit” to register your child.

12. Visit our After School/Summer page where you will find our Family Handbook, COVID-19 Safety Guide and a COVID-19 Power Point for your review.

13. For questions or concerns, please call the Recreation Office at 413-787-6434 or the Educational Coordinator at 413-313-1355.

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 15.  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)

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