That wasn’t always the feeling. Originally built in 1925, and undergoing renovations since 2008, it isn’t the park Mayor Alex Morse remembers as a kid growing up in the neighborhood. “We used to call it the wooden park and we used to come here once, twice, 3 times a week. Over the years, unfortunately, the park deteriorated, a lot of illegal activity was happening, this is important because we’ve re-invested in the park” said Mayor Morse.
It was an investment to the tune of $3.1 million, paid for with both state and federal funding.
Now security cameras line the park, and there will be more ranger patrols. “It’s great that we have the support of the federal and local government to get a place where families can come and feel safe and have fun” expressed Holyoke resident Dan Bresnahan.
What’s special about Community Field is that it’s a 4 season park. There’s ice skating in the winter, hiking trails, and of course, a water sprinkler that some kids just can’t wait to get into. “My favorite part’s going to be the water park. Because it’s going to be really hot this summer & I’m looking forward to getting wet” Cruz added.
“I love it. It’s amazing. I think it’s really good. Everyone could hang out at the water park & get wet” chimed Holyoke’s Aliyah Hildigunnarfson. “When it’s hot you can go get wet for free” said Teondre Thomas.
Neighbors hope Community Field’s rebirth sparks a new beginning. “The name of the field is what the community did. Community Field. They fought for it, they got it back, and they’ll keep it this way. This is their park” stated City Council member Todd McGee.
Mayor Morse also announced plans to begin working on a Veteran’s park next month. He also plans on opening a skateboard park next summer.