GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Welcome to West Springfield Park and Recreation Department Mission Statement West Springfield Parks & Recreation Department’s mission is creating a better community in which to live and play through quality recreational environments, enriching opportunities, and empowering people. Are You Connected? Make sure you visit us on-line at www.wsparkandrec.com By visiting us on-line you can; • • • • West Springfield Park and Recreation Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Municipal Office Building 26 Central Street - Suite 19 West Springfield, MA 01089 Important Numbers Phone: (413) 263-3284 Fax: (413) 739-1549 Weather Cancellation Phone: (413) 781-3020 Park & Recreation Staff Director - Victoria L. Connor, CPRP, CPSI,CPO Recreation Supervisor - Sonia H. Manley, CPO Fiscal Assistant - Patricia A. Reveruzzi View the latest program offerings & special events Check if your child’s game has been cancelled due to weather conditions. Download Registration Forms, Facility Reservation Forms, Employment & Coaching Applications View Volunteer & Employment Opportunities E-NEWS Do you want instant information sent to you directly via E-mail? We provide e-mail announcements regarding various programs/recreational activities including cancellation of programs/sport activities due to weather conditions. All you need to do is send an email with your name, home phone and email address requesting to have your email added to the system. Send Information to parkandrec@townofwestspringfield.org Follow or Like Us on... Here’s What’s Inside: GENERAL INFORMATION 1-2 ADULT PROGRAMS 3-4 Chairman - Al Howard Vice Chairman - Paul Mantoni Robert Collins Mike Patruski Mark Smith Bill Schlien Mike Towsley Bridget Fiala - City Council Liaison YOUTH BASKETBALL 5 West Springfield Park and Recreation Commission Adminstrative Assistant - Katelyn LaValley Park & Recreation Commission The West Springfield Park and Recreation Commission has monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month. All meetings are open to the public and are held in the Park and Recreation Office, 2nd floor of the Municipal Office building, 26 Central Street at 7:00 p.m. The Park and Recreation Commission is made up of seven members from the community appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The purpose of the Commission is to set policies for conduct of recreation programs and reports to the Mayor matters related to the operation and functions of the Park and Recreation programs and facilities. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL/LACROSSE 6 SPECIAL EVENTS 7-8 LESSONS/LEISURE TIME 9-10 DAY IN THE PARK 11-12 FACILITIES 13 REGISTRATION FORM 14 Take a break. ...Recre-8 www.wsparkandrec.com
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GENERAL INFORMATION... 2 REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Registrations are currently accepted for all programs listed within this booklet. Use the enclosed registration form for programs with an activity number attached. Registration for programs without an activity number require additional paperwork and are accepted at the P&R Office only. Unless otherwise stated, all programs require pre-registration. All registrations are taken by the Park and Recreation Department staff. Registrations are on a first come, first served basis and may be made in person or by mail. 1. Participation in programs is restricted to West Springfield residents, unless otherwise noted. 2. Only parents or legal guardians may register their own children. 3. We reserve the right to: A. Cancel a program due to low enrollment or lack of staff B. Limit ages and size of program or class C. Request proof of residency or age at anytime. Proof of residency and age are required for first time participants. 4. Return check policy: $25. FEES: Must be paid when you register. Payment may be made by cash, check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “The Town of West Springfield.” WAIT LIST: If the class/program you desire has already been filled, staff will return your fee and keep your registration form. You will be notified if a space becomes available or new classes are formed. Program openings will be on a first come, first served basis from the waiting list. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: It is the policy of the Park and Recreation Commission that the inability to pay a fee should not deter any child, residing in West Springfield, who wishes to participate in a program from doing so. Families wishing to apply for financial assistance may do so in person at the P&R office. Please bring the following documents for filing for financial assistance: proof of residency, proof of household members, proof of income. PROGRAM REFUND POLICY: General programs and sport activities: 1.) Full refunds will be made when requested three weeks prior to the start of a program, or activity or before the participant has been assigned to a team. 2.) Partial refunds will be made when requested less than three weeks before the start of an activity, 30% of the registration will be retained as administrative cost. 3.) No refunds will be made once a class, program or sports activity has begun. 4) Refunds take 2-3 weeks for processing. www.wsparkandrec.com YOU SNOOZE ...YOU LOSE Nothing cancels a good program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register. If there are not enough registrations by a certain date, the program may be canceled. Coming in on the day the program begins won’t resurrect it, so please register early. Brochure Distribution The Department’s brochure is mailed to all past registrations within 3 years and is available at the Main Office of any West Springfield Public and private school, Town Library and the Municipal Office Building. The Department produces two brochures; a Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall brochure. Summer/Fall will be available in March 2017 Get Involved... VO L U N T E E R ! The West Springfield Park and Recreation volunteers provide valuable service to the community by assisting in many events and programs in a variety of ways. Volunteers can participate on a regular basis or on occasion as desired. Volunteer opportunities exist in the following areas... • • • • • Coaching Youth Sports: Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Football, Cheerleading and Torpedoes Swim Team Youth Programs Community Events, Halloween Sing - A - Long, Operation Santa/Santa’s House, Easter Egg Hunt, Fishing Derby. Park Projects If you would like to volunteer with us, please contact Katelyn LaValley at Klavalley@townofwestspringfield.org LOOK for the smiley face symbol to “Get Involved and ... Volunteer”
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ADULT PROGRAMS... 3 ADULT AEROBICS: Get a great and fun aerobic workout designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, burn fat, tone muscles and increase flexibility. Classes are for all levels of ability on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30PM - 7:30PM on the dates below. Classes are held in the UNICO building, located at 1 UNICO Way in Mittineague Park. Instructor: Lynn McCarthy. Activity Code Dates ~ AEROBICS Days Time Location W.S. Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee 401010 Sept 27, 29, Oct 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Nov 1,3 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $35 $40 401110 Nov 8, 10, 15, 17, 29, Dec 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $35 $40 101010 Jan 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, Feb 2, 7, 9 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $35 $40 201010 Feb 28, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $35 $40 Fall Holiday New Year’s Spring ADULT YOGA: Learn Hatha Yoga and Mat Pilates techniques along with controlled deep breathing for total well being and health for mind and body. Helps improve coordination, increase coordination, increase range of motion, increase muscle strength and total body alignment. Bring mat and comfortable clothing. Classes are held in the UNICO Building, located at 1 UNICO Way in Mittineague Park from 5:30PM-6:30PM Tuesday OR Thursday evenings. Instructor: Lynn McCarthy. Activity Code 401030 Level Dates ~ Yoga Days Time Location W.S. Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee Fall Intermediate/ Advanced Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov1 Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 401040 Beginner Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3 Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 Fall 401130 Holiday Intermediate/ Advanced Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20 Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 401140 Beginner Nov 10, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 Holiday 101030 New Year’s Intermediate/ Advanced Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7 Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 101040 Beginner Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9 Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 Feb 28, March 7,14, 21, 28 April 4 Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm UNICO Building (Mittineague Park) $40 $50 New Year’s 201030 Spring Intermediate/ Advanced 201040 Beginner Spring Adult Coed Volleyball Winter Bags League Stay fit, strengthen your muscles and recreate with a group of friends by playing Adult Coed volleyball. This recreational volleyball program consists of two games per week and will begin the week of March 20, 2017 and run until mid-May. Get a group of friends together and play in a laid back, funfilled league! Emphasis is on FUN, no standings are kept! Games are held at the Middle School Gym. Some of you may know the game as “cornhole”. The League will take place on Fridays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the UNICO Building, located in West Springfield’s Mittineague Park (1 UNICO Way). The cost will be $25 per person. All game boards and bags will be provided. Players must be 18 years or older. Teams must have no less than two players and only two players can play in any given round. Each Friday, play will be the best of three rounds. A common set of rules will guide all play. Anyone interested in entering a team is asked to email a request for an official roster form to Sonia Manley (smanley@townofwestspringfield.org) after February 1, 2017. A team t-shirt is provided. Team rosters cannot exceed 10 players. Deadline to register your team is February 24, 2017. Fee: $40 per person for W.S. Residents; $45 per person for Non-Residents. Dates: Feb 3,10,17,24, March 3,10,17,24 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Ages: 18 & Up Fee: $25 per person
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FAMILY FUN PROGRAMS... 4 Public Swim WS High School Sady Pool Sundays ~ 12:00p.m. – 1:15p.m. January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12 The NEW Sady Pool, located in the WS High School will be open to West Springfield residents ONLY for public swim. There will also be a lane designated for those interested in swimming laps. Ditch your winter hat and grab yourself a swim cap! Swim away those winter blues with Park & Recreation Public Swim! 20th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday, December 3rd 9:30am - 4:00pm Supporting the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield Come View 7 West Springfield Homes Decorated in Holiday Style! TOUR TICKETS ONLY $20 The Monte Carlo Restaurant DUROCHER FLORIST FLOWERS BY WEBSTER SORRENTO PIZZA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB $15 BUFFET LUNCHEON Agawam (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) (includes tax & gratuity) Indoor Track Walking/Jogging Program The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department is excited to announce that the indoor track located above the West Springfield High School Gymnasium, at 425 Piper Road, will be open to the general public during specific hours listed below. The distance around the upper track is 1/8th of a mile, 8 revolutions is equal to one mile. Available in: West Springfield For More Info Call: 736-1831 or visit our website at www.wsbgclub.org COOPER’S FLORAL CONCEPTS BY TOM Westfield PILGRIM CANDLE Funds raised help to provide positive programs that open doors to brighter futures for local youth throughout our community. At the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield GREAT FUTURES START HERE. SNOW DATE: Sunday, December 4th, 2016 RULES & REGULATIONS: • Walkers & Joggers must have valid West Springfield ID to sign in with the gym supervisor on duty. • Sneakers/walking shoes only, no cleats or shoes with heels allowed. • The track is not to be utilized for viewing activities in the gymnasium – NO SPECTATORS • No food or beverages allowed on the track except water in a plastic container. • Track usage at West Springfield High School through the Park & Recreation is open to W.S. Residents ages 14 years and up. (Children 13 & under may walk or jog alongside a participating parent.) • Only walkers and joggers are allowed on the track. • Restrooms are located on the first floor lobby gym area. • Using any other areas of the high school is NOT PERMITTED. High School Track Hours of Operation Sundays ~ 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 www.wsparkandrec.com
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YOUTH SPORTS - WINTER 5 BASKETBALL Teams formed according to child’s current grade Activity Code 106000 Program Name Fun Basketball Program League by Current Grade Kindergarten - (Coed League for boys and girls) 106010 Instructional Girls Grades 1 & 2 106020 Instructional Boys Grades 1 & 2 106030 Girls Midgets I Grades 3 & 4 106040 Boys Midgets I Grades 3 & 4 106050 Girls Midgets II Grades 5 & 6 106060 Boys Midgets II Grades 5 & 6 106070 *Boys Junior League Grades 7, 8 & 9 106080 *Girls Intermediate League Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 106090 *Boys Senior League Grades 10, 11, & 12 or cannot turn 19 before September 1st . Registration Dates: Cannot have played varsity basketball in their senior year of eligibility. Cannot currently be on a HS JV or Varsity Basketball team. October - November 4, 2016 B&G Club Fee for W.S. Residents: $45 on or before November 4, 2016 $60 for registrations received after Nov. 4, 2016 (if openings still exist) Fee for Non-Residents: $90 (limited slots available for non-residents) Basketball Need-to-Knows • Proof of age and proof of residency is required if you have never participated in a W.S. Park & Recreation program before. In order to avoid being placed on a waiting list, registrations must be received by November 4, 2016. • *If a participant makes a High School Varsity or Junior Varsity team before December 31st, that player shall not be eligible for the remainder of the season. • For Boys and Girls Midget, Girls Intermediate and Boys Junior league, practices are held weekday evenings, one per week, beginning the week of Nov. 28th thru mid-March. Practices are scheduled by volunteer coaches according to the coaches’ availability and the availability of the facilities. Games are held on Saturdays. Games and practices are held at various West Springfield School facilities. • The Fun Basketball program and Boys and Girls Instructional programs are held on Sunday afternoons beginning January 8th. • The Boys Senior League begins in mid-December. One practice a week and games on Sunday afternoons. • • If: You are trying out for the school team, CYO or Suburban basketball team but might be interested in playing Park & Recreation basketball, please sign up now. If you then decide not to play we can refund your money. It is more difficult to add players after the teams have been drafted then it is to pull a player off a team. • Note: Coaches will notify participants directly about their team placement. • Please note that maximum age restrictions exist in each league. The P&R Dept. reserves the right to move participants who have reached their maximum age to the appropriate league. • No refunds after program start date. • Inclement weather number (413) 781-3020 or www.wsparkandrec.com www.wsparkandrec.com
YOUTH SPORTS - WINTER        5   BASKETBALL  Teams formed according to child   s current grade Activity Code   106000    P...
YOUTH SPORTS - SPRING 6 Sign up for 2017 Spring Softball and Baseball Leagues NOW! Teams will be formed according to the current grade child is in for School Year 2016-2017. To Avoid Being Placed On A Waiting List, Registrations Must Be Received On or Before February 17, 2017. Proof of age and proof of residency is required for new participants. Maximum age restrictions exist in each league. The Park & Recreation Department reserves the right to move participants who have reached their maxium age to the appropriate leagues. YOUTH BASEBALL Activity Code Current Grade School Year 2016-2017 League W.S. Resident Fee W.S. Resident Fee after 2/17 (if openings exist) Non-Resident Fee 205000 Coed T-Ball Pre-School (must be 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2017) $20 $35 $35 205010 Instructional Baseball 1 Currently in Kindergarten $25 $40 $45 205020 Instructional Baseball 2 Currently in Grade 1 $25 $40 $45 205030 Midget 1 Baseball Currently in Grade 2 $35 $50 $55 205040 Midget 2 Baseball Currently in Grade 3 & 4 $35 $50 $55 205050 Junior Baseball Currently in Grade 5 & 6 $35 $50 $55 205060 Senior Baseball Currently in Grades 7,8, & 9 $40 $55 $60 (plays in town & suburban schedule) YOUTH SOFTBALL Activity Code Current Grade School Year 2016-2017 League W.S. Resident Fee W.S. Resident Fee after 2/17 (if openings exist) Non-Resident Fee 205000 Coed T-Ball Pre-School (must be 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2017) $20 $35 $35 219000 Instructional Softball Currently in Kindergarten $20 $35 $35 219010 Midget 1 Softball Currently in Grade 1 & 2 $20 $35 $35 219020 Midget 2 Softball Currently in Grade 3 & 4 $20 $35 $35 219030 Junior Softball Currently in Grade 5 & 6 $20 $35 $35 219040 Senior Softball Currently in Grades 7,8, 9 & 10 $20 $35 $35 WEST SPRINGFIELD YOUTH LACROSSE YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 3 THROUGH 8! The West Springfield Youth Lacrosse Association (WSYLA) is now accepting registrations for the 2017 spring lacrosse season. Our goal is to teach the game of lacrosse, the oldest sport in America, along with the virtues of good sportsmanship and teamwork to the boys and girls of West Springfield. The WSYLA is a private group governed by a Board of Directors that consists of volunteers from the community. The boys program is affiliated with the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse League (CVYL), whose membership includes over 30 cities and towns in Western Massachusetts and Central and Northern Connecticut. The girls program is affiliated with the Western Massachusetts Girls Youth Lacrosse (WMGYL) League, with member teams from towns in the Connecticut River Valley. A governing board from each league establishes rules of play for their respective programs. WSYLA offers a number of programs for boys and girls, beginning in mid-March and concluding in mid-June, with each program geared to a specific age group. Players may start playing lacrosse at any grade level – they only need to bring their enthusiasm for the game. The Boys’ and Girls’ Bantam program (grades 3 & 4) emphasizes the fundamentals of catching, scooping, cradling, passing and shooting. Players learn these skills during practices and games played against other teams in their respective leagues. Additionally, both the boys’ and girls’ Bantam teams are entered into Bantams tournaments later in the season. Fee for the Bantam Program is $110.00 plus uniform if needed. Players in grades 5 & 6 play in the Junior program, where advanced skills are developed. Our Senior program is for players in grades 7 & 8, and seeks to advance the skills of players further as they prepare for play at the high school level. Both the Junior and Senior Boys’ and Girls’ teams play against other teams within their respective leagues. The Boys’ teams compete in a playoff tournament at the end of the year. The Girl’s teams will take part in a tournament for their leagues as well. Fee for the Junior and Senior programs is $110.00 plus uniform if needed. Participants in the Boys’ program will need a boys’ lacrosse stick, helmet (lacrosse helmets only), shoulder pads, gloves, elbow pads, mouth guard (colored preferred but not required), athletic cup, and cleats. Optional equipment includes rib pads. Participants in the Girls’ program will need a girls’ lacrosse stick (no boys’ sticks), eye protection and colored mouth guard. Optional equipment includes gloves. Uniform Options and Pricing Girls can keep their uniforms from the previous season if they so choose. If not, new uniforms are $50.00. Boys can keep their uniforms from the previous season if they so choose. If not, new uniforms are $65.00. All uniforms are purchased through the program and can be paid for in one check along with registration. TO REGISTER VISIT - WWW.WESTSIDELACROSSE.ORG EMAIL: WESTSIDELAX@COMCAST.NET
YOUTH SPORTS - SPRING      6  Sign up for 2017 Spring Softball and Baseball Leagues NOW  Teams will be formed according to...
SPECIAL EVENTS... Bus Trips with Patti All trips include the bus/ticket cost and are on Saturdays. Bus leaves from and returns to 26 Central Street across from the West Springfield Municipal Office Building (MOB). Movies are shown both ways as well as a short pit stop. A gratuity for the bus driver is collected from each paid guest on the way home. RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW Saturday, November 26, 2016 ~ A bus trip to New York City on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Bus ticket cost for “shopping only” is $50pp. Tickets to see the newly revised Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall featuring the Rockettes (which includes bus seat) will be $125pp. The bus leaves the MOB Parking Lot on 26 Central Street at 7:30am. Bus leaves NYC at 6:00pm. The Christmas Show performance 4:00pm. Activity #514020-1 Fee: $125 (Show & Bus) Activity #514020-2 Fee: $50 (Bus Only) BRONX ZOO Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ Your day includes roundtrip motor coach, Total Experience Pass, which includes Zoo admission, Wild Asia Monorail, Congo Gorilla Exhibit, Children’s Zoo, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden and Zoo Shuttle. Bus leaves M.O.B. 7:30am Leaves Zoo:4:30pm Activity # 514030-1 Activity # 514030-2 Fee: Adults-$65 Fee: Children (3-12yrs) $60 4th Annual Mayor’s Winter Carnival Saturday, February 11, 2017 ~12:00PM - 3:00PM Mittineague Park Bundle up the family and come out for a free, fun time of winter events, ice sculpture, arts & crafts, bonfire and cookout at the Unico Building. Visit the Park and Recreation Department’s website for updated information, www.wsparkandrec.com. 7 HALLOWEEN SING-A-LONG FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department’s Halloween party for Town children will feature a Sing-A-Long by local performer Roger Tincknell and will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Mittineague Park. The show will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Parents must accompany their children. Children and chaperons are invited to come in costume. Be sure to dress warm. The Halloween Party will last about one hour and will conclude with each child receiving a Halloween Treat. Program held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors to the Middle School, please call the current event phone (413)781-3020, or visit the Park & Recreation Dept. website at www.wsparkandrec.com after 3:30 p.m. to find the program location. 29th ANNUAL CAROLING ON THE GREEN Thursday, December 1st ~ 6:00 p.m. Elm Street Gazebo Making their second appearance in our annual Caroling On The Green this evening is the Tatham Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Meghan Morgan. Bright Night’s Bus Tour Wednesday, December 7 ~ 7:00 p.m. SANTA’S HOUSE Mittineague Park Main Entrance off Route 20 The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department has been sponsoring Santa’s House, located in Mittineague Park, since 1980. Santa will meet the children of West Springfield each evening before Christmas. Santa is scheduled to arrive Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 p.m. Visiting Hours for Santa are as follows: December 10th - 23rd Monday - Friday hours ~ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday hours ~ 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. OPERATION SANTA Help us in fulfilling the dreams of needy children! Along with a host of organizations donating toys and games, the West Springfield Park & Recreation assures that less fortunate Town children have a very Merry Christmas. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food baskets and package toys during the week of December 12, 2016. Help is also needed on the day of distribution, December 17, 2016. Please email Katelyn at Klavalley@townofwestspringfield.org to volunteer. Free Family Bright Nights Bus Tour The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office and Republic Services is sponsoring a Free Family Bright Nights Bus Tour! On December 7th. 3 busses will leave at 7:00PM in front of the Municipal Office Building and tour the iconic Bright Nights at Forest Park. To participate in this event, any West Springfield resident must acquire a free bus voucher at the West Springfield Park & Recreation Department, 26 Central Street, 2nd floor of the Municipal Office Building prior to noon on Tuesday, December 6th. The voucher must be presented at the time of bus tour. Parental supervision is required for children under 18. The Park & Recreation Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Proof of residency is required to receive a voucher. Because there are a limited number of vouchers available, vouchers will be issued on a first come first served basis.
SPECIAL EVENTS...    Bus Trips with Patti  All trips include the bus ticket cost and are on Saturdays. Bus leaves from and...
SPECIAL EVENTS... UNICO DANCES The West Springfield Chapter of UNICO in cooperation with the West Springfield Park & Recreation Department is once again sponsoring its monthly dances for people with Special Needs. All dances will be held at the Mittineague Congregational Church, Rte. 20, West Springfield. All dance times are 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Please note doors do not open until 6:45p.m. and everyone must be promptly picked up by 9:00p.m. $2.00 per person admission donation. Halloween Dance - October 28, 2016 ( WS Middle School Cafeteria) Thanksgiving Dance - November 18, 2016 January 27, 2017 Valentine’s Day - February 24, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 28, 2017 May 19, 2017 8 SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRD’S! Enjoy the fun and excitement of Springfield Thunderbird’s Hockey with your family! Fun for all ages! Enjoy great seats at a discounted price! W.S. Park & Recreation various youth sports programs will benefit from receiving a portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales. Come out and support the Falcons hockey team while supporting your local Park & Recreation Dept. Purchase discount tickets at the W.S. Park & Recreation Office, 26 Central St. (Purchase Deadline: Business Day Prior to Game Day by 3:00PM.) Ticket prices are $17.00 per person. (Checks made payable to: “Springfield Thunderbirds”) Saturday, November 19, 2016 vs. Providence Bruins Friday, December 16, 2016 vs. Binghamton Senators Monday, January 16, 2017 vs. Lehigh Valley Friday, February 10, 2017 vs. Hartford Saturday, March 11, 2017 vs. Hartford Saturday, April 1, 2017 vs. Providence Bruins FISHING DERBY Saturday, April 8th ~ 7:30 a.m. For all kids who love to fish--or who’d love to give it a try. The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department will host the 31st Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Upper Reservoir, located at the intersection of Amostown Road and Smyrna Street. The Fishing Derby is open to children 15 years and younger and is generously sponsored by Sullivan Paper Company and Donut Dip, Inc. The Derby is free; however, contestants must furnish their own equipment and bait. Trophies will be awarded according to category and age group. Each participant will receive a “goodie bag”. Also, participants can register for a drawing of some neat prizes such as fishing rods, reels and tackle boxes. A full conconcession stand will be available. Proceeds to benefit future Park & Recreation programming. THE MOTHER/SON DANCE Saturday, May 13, 2017 ~ 6:00pm-8:00pm Make a memory with your son that will last a lifetime! Mothers and sons are invited to an evening of fun & dancing! The evening will include music provided by a D.J., dancing, light snacks and drinks along with a photo of mother & son. Mothers are encouraged to wear a dress, skirt or dress pants. For sons; dress pants and tie suggested. Activity Code: 203000-1 Location: UNICO Building (located in Mittineague Park) Fee: $35 per couple (additional child $10 each) Ages: Boys 3 -11 years EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, April 15th~9:45 a.m. Join the Search for over 7000 eggs The annual Easter Egg Hunt, for Town children, ages 7 years and younger will be held on Saturday, April 15th at Mittineague Park. Children are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a candy treat between 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin SHARPLY at 10:30 a.m. The children will be divided into three color - coded age groups,Yellow for 2 years and under, Pink for 3 to 4 years, and Purple for 5 to 7 years old. Each age group will have a separate section to partake in their hunt for candy-filled eggs. Please look for your child’s age grouping color. In the event of inclement weather, please call 781-3020 or visit us on line at www.wsparkandrec.com for updated information regarding the hunt. Due to the fields being extremely wet, please dress your children appropriately. Please note that Mittineague Park will be closed to vehicles from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. due to the event. In addition, at the Easter Bunny’s request, we ask that you leave your dogs at home! THE FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE Saturday, June 17, 2017 ~ 6:00pm-8:00pm Make a memory with your daughter that will last a lifetime! Fathers and daughters are invited to an evening of fun & dancing! The evening will include music provided by a D.J., dancing, light snacks and drinks along with a photo of father & daughter. Fathers are encouraged to wear a suit, dress pants and tie. For daughters; fancy dresses are suggested. Activity Code: 203000-2 Location: UNICO Building (located in Mittineague Park) Fee: $35 per couple (additional child $10 each) Ages: Girls 3 -11 years
SPECIAL EVENTS...  UNICO DANCES  The West Springfield Chapter of UNICO in cooperation with the  West Springfield Park   Re...
LESSONS... BABYSITTER TRAINING COURSE Because You Care...Prepare! What you need to know and what every parent wants in a safe and responsible babysitter! Designed for 11 to 15 year olds, the Babysitter’s Training course can help you • Care for children and infants. • Be a good leader and role model. • Make good decisions and solve problems. • Keep the children you baby-sit and yourself safe. • Handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents. • Write resumes and interview for jobs. • And much more! Complete the course in just one day and begin babysitting the next. Pre-registration required at the P&R Office, 26 Central Street. Course Location: UNICO Building, Mittineague Park Course Instructor: Erin Augusti Activity Code: 230000-3 Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 Time: 9:00am-3:00pm Fee: $40R $50NR SWIM LESSONS The Park & Recreation Department offers winter swim lessons for the following levels. All swim lessons are held at the Senior High School Sady Pool. Class size is limited. Please register early, for these classes will fill fast. Fee: $40R $50NR Activity Code 104000 104020 104030 Level/Age Dates (Sundays) Level 1 Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 (min 4 yrs old) Feb. 5, 12 Level 1 Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 (min 4 yrs old) Feb. 5, 12 Level 2 Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 (min 5 yrs old) Feb. 5, 12 Time 1:30pm - 2:20pm 2:30pm - 3:20pm 9 Fencing A fun introduction to Fencing will be offered to students to learn the basics of fencing safety, etiquette, techniques and tactics. This course will be held at the UNICO Building, located in Mittineague Park. The cost per student will include all supplies. Students are to bring a water bottle, wear sneakers, long pants (sweatpants are acceptable) and comfortable t-shirt. Instructed by Taro Yamashita, coach at Riverside Fencing Club. Youth Introduction to Fencing ~ $110 Activity Code Dates (Sundays) Ages 400008-2 Nov. 6,13,20,27 8-12 Dec. 11,18 Time 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. Teen/Adult Introduction to Fencing ~ $110 Activity Code Dates (Sundays) Ages 400009-2 Nov. 6,13,20,27 13+ Dec. 11, 18 Time 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Ages 8-12 Time 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. Youth Intermediate Fencing ~ $175 Activity Code Dates (Mondays) 400006-1 Nov. 7,14,21,28 Dec. 12, 19 and/or Youth Intermediate Fencing ~ $175 Activity Code Dates (Wed.) Ages Time 400006-2 Nov. 2,9,16,30 8-12 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. Dec. 7, 14 (Register for BOTH Mondays & Wednesdays ~ Fee = $300) Teen/Adult Intermediate Fencing ~ $175 Activity Code Dates (Mon.) Ages 400007-1 Nov. 7,14,21,28 13+ Dec. 12,19 and/or Time 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Teen/Adult Intermediate Fencing ~ $175 Activity Code Dates (Wed.) Ages Time 400007-2 Nov. 2,9,16,30 13+ 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Dec. 7,14 (Register for BOTH Mondays & Wednesdays ~ Fee = $300 3:30pm - 4:20pm Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (min 4 yrs old) - To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safety. Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (min 5 yrs old) - To help students with opportunities for success with fundamental skills such as tread water and basic swim strokes. Public Swim WS High School Sady Pool Sundays ~ 12:00p.m. – 1:15p.m. January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 The NEW Sady Pool, located in the WS High School will be open to West Springfield residents ONLY for public swim. There will also be a lane designated for those interested in swimming laps. Ditch your winter hat and grab yourself a swim cap! Swim away those winter blues with Park & Recreation Public Swim! KEEP A LOOK OUT for more Fencing programs scheduled to begin! Email parkandrec@townofwestspringfield.org to receive information on the next session of fencing!
LESSONS...         BABYSITTER TRAINING COURSE                  Because You Care...Prepare  What you need to know and what ...
Lessons and Leisure Time... 10 Terriers Around Town - Art Classes The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department, along with the Terriers Around Town, are pleased to offer Children’s Art Classes for children ages 6 & up. These art lessons will be held on Fridays at the UNICO Building, located in Mittineague Park, for five week sessions. The cost will be $30.00 per child and will include all supplies for water color and drawing. Local artists Joan Barnard, Sue Urban & Sue Newman will be the instructors. Activity # Ages 402000-2 6 & Up 402000-3 6 & Up Time 3:30-5:00pm 3:30-5:00pm Dates Fee Oct 21, Nov 4, 18, Dec. 2, 9 $30 April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 $30 NATURE ADVENTURE SERIES The West Springfield Park & Recreation is pleased to offer children various nature activities. Come explore the natural wonders of Mittineague Park! This series of programs is designed for ages 6 -12. Each session is led by an experienced environmental educator and involves discovery hikes and usually something to take home. Program times are 1:00PM-4:00PM on Saturdays and held at the UNICO Building, located in Mittineague Park. Parents: Sign your kids up and get them outdoors to learn about and appreciate the natural world around us! Adventures lead by Nancy Condon, Environmental Educator. TREES ARE TERRIFIC! ~ Saturday, October 8, 2016 ~ 1:00pm-4:00pm This is the time of year when trees put on their color show and go from green to red, yellow and orange. Let’s hike into the forest and do some color experiments with the leaves, discover animals that live in trees, play tree games, and collect seeds and nuts from trees. We will make flour from acorns – the nuts of the oak tree. Bring a snack of something that came from a tree and be ready to go for a hike! Ages 6-12 yrs old ~ Fee: $20 per participant LITTLE CREATURES ARE EVERYWHERE ~ Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 1:00pm-4:00pm Let’s take our magnifiers and collection containers as we hike the trails looking for tiny creatures. At this time of year they are hiding & preparing for winter. We’ll look under logs, up in trees, in the ridges of tree bark & in the soil for worms, spiders, beetles salamanders & more. Be on the lookout for insects in all stages of life not only adults, but pupa and larva too. Bring your sense of adventure and dress for hiking and the weather. Note: Equipment will be provided but bring your own if you wish. Ages 6-12 yrs old ~ Fee: $20 per participant CUSTOMIZED HIKING STICKS ~ Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 1:00pm-4:00pm If you like to go out in the woods, a hiking stick can be a useful thing. It helps you cross streams & keep your balanced going over logs. Today’s hike we will concentrate on looking for just the right stick for your height. We’ll then take it inside and sand it and decorate it with colorful duct tape, feathers, beads, and natural materials to make it uniquely yours. Make more than one for gifts if you wish. Ages 8-12 (Note: 6 & 7-year olds welcome accompanied by parent) ~ Fee $20 per participant Garden Plots at Mittineague Park The Park & Recreation Department, in cooperation with Central Maintenance Department, offers 16’x20’ mini Garden Plots or 6’x3’ raised beds located in Mittineague Park. Registration begins on Monday, April 10th, on a first come first serve basis. The City will assume responsibility for the initial tilling of the plots. Planting cannot begin until April 24th. To apply or review user agreement, visit www.wsparkandrec.com or stop by Park & Recreation Department to pick up a garden plot application. Garden Plot Types Fees 16’x20’ Garden Plot $25.00 resident ~ $30.00 non-resident 6’x3’ Raised Garden Bed $10.00 resident ~ $15.00 non-resident for disabled or elderly (Wheelchair Accessible) Important Dates: March 1, 2017 ~ Registration open to rent plots for returning gardeners. April 10, 2017 ~ Open registration begins, on a first come, first serve basis. April 24, 2017 ~ Garden season OPEN (with consideration to weather and soil condition) June 5, 2017 ~ Plots not planted will be reassigned. November 1, 2017 ~ Garden season CLOSED, clear plots for tilling.
Lessons and Leisure Time...      10  Terriers Around Town - Art Classes The West Springfield Park   Recreation Department,...
Day in the Park... 11 Mittineague Park Pavilions The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department will officially open pavilions for picnics and family outings beginning the first weekend in May. The Park’s three pavilions are available to West Springfield Town Residents Only. To reserve your day in the park, please fill out a “Pavilion Permit Application”. Applications can be received by visiting our website at www.wsparkandrec.com or by calling the office at (413) 263-3284. Help Keep Your Parks Clean Please place your garbage in proper garbage containers located at each area. Park Regulations Park Hours - Dawn to Dusk • Property Damage - No person shall deface, disfigure, break, cut, tamper with, displace or remove from any park, park property, either permanent or temporary • Dogs - Owners shall remove all waste deposited by his or her animals in all areas of parks • Vechicles - Vechicles parking is only allowed to park on any grass area without permission from the department. Rotary Pavilion Rotary Pavilion – Donated by West Springfield Rotary Club in 1964, to provide residents an all-purpose location for picnics and family gatherings. • Structure size 34 X 60 of metal with concrete floor • Seating capacity 120 people • Electricity • Sani-cans (near tennis courts) • BBQ grill • Beach volleyball court & Bocce court • Alcohol permitted with special permit Ravine Pavilion Ravine Pavilion • Structure size 24 X 36 of metal wood with concrete floor • Seating capacity 24 people (4 picnic tables) • No electricity • Sani-cans within walking distance • BBQ Grill • Alcohol permitted with special permit Stone Bridge Pavilion Stone Bridge Pavilion • Structure size 20 x 25 of wood and natural floor • Seating capacity 24 people (4 picnic tables) • No electricity • Sani-Cans within walking distance • BBQ grill • Alcohol NOT permitted
Day in the Park...           11  Mittineague Park Pavilions  The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department will offi...
Day in the Park... Morgan Road Pavilion 12 Morgan Road Pavilion – Formilly know as the Elks Pavilion, purchased by City of West Springfield in 2013, to provide residents an all-purpose location for large events such as picnics and family gatherings. • Structure size 140’x60’. Metal roof with concrete floor • Seating capacity 250 people • Lights & Electricity • Full Bathroom Facilities • Charocol grill (charcoal not provided) • Food prep area, freezer and refrigerator • Alcohol permitted with special permit Rental rates from $30-$60 per hour depending on event. Visit our website: www.wsparkandrec.com for complete rental information and application. UNICO Pavilion and Building UNICO Pavilion and Building – New renovations by City of West Springfield in 2013. Multiuse building and pavilion area for medium size events such as picnics, family gatherings, birthday parties, cooperate events. • Pavilion size 40’x40’. Metal roof with concrete floor • Building size 2,500 square feet. Gym flooring • Seating capacity 80 people max • Lights & Electricity • Full Bathroom Facilities • Food prep area, freezer and refrigerator • Alcohol permitted with special permit Rental rates from $30-$70 per hour depending on event. Visit our website: www.wsparkandrec.com for complete rental information and application. www.wsparkandrec.com
Day in the Park...    Morgan Road Pavilion  12 Morgan Road Pavilion     Formilly know as the Elks Pavilion, purchased by C...
FACILITIES... 13 FREE ICE SKATING ICE SKATING AREAS IN TOWN AMELIA PARK ICE ARENA, WESTFIELD When the cold weather permits, the West Springfield Park & Recreation Department, in cooperation with DPW, maintains the following areas for Recreational Skating during the winter months. 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. December 27, 2016 February 23, 2017 Amostown Reservoir - Located corner of Smyrna and Amostown Road Frog Pond - Located in Mittineague Park behind the Green House. The Park & Recreation Department would like to remind residents that the DPW’s first priority during snowstorms is to clear snow from the streets and sidewalks. Once they have completed the storm clean up, the DPW returns to maintaining our skating facilities. The Department recommends the following ice skating safety tips: 1. Skate only on ice 6 inches or thicker. 2. Never skate by yourself. 3. Keep emergency equipment available. 4. Warn others skaters of dangerous conditions. 5. Do not skate at night, unless in lighted areas. 6. Be courteous to other skaters - play hockey only in designated areas. 7. Do not throw objects onto the ice surface. To participate in this event, any West Springfield resident must aquire a free skate voucher at the P&R office starting three weeks prior to the scheduled skate date. Proof of residency is required! The voucher must be presented at the time of skate to receive admission. Parental signature is required for children under 18, and helmets are highly recommended. Skate rentals are available for $3.00 per person. BALISE SCION SKATE PARK Area youths have been enjoying a state-of-the-art skate park since July 2007 by a generous donation made by Balise. The Balise Scion Skate Park is located in Cooks Playground, off Morton Street, and is open to the public for free. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to dusk. 1. Skate at your own risk. This park is a non-supervised facility. 2. Only skateboards and in-line skates are allowed. Bicycles, rollerskating or wheeled devices are not permitted. 3. Helmets are highly recommended for all people who use the skate park. Other recommended protective equipment includes wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads. 4. Serious injury may result from being hit by a skateboard, falling, or colliding. West Springfield does not assume responsibility for injuries. 5. This park will close at dusk. “No trespassing” ordinance will be enforced after park is closed. 6. No skating when wet or rainy. 7. No littering or graffiti. Please put trash in designated trash receptacles. 8. This park is a drug, alcohol and smoke free area. 9. Be courteous to other people using the park, and all other patrons. 10. No fighting, vulgarity or socially unacceptable behavior is permitted. Are You Connected? 1. On the Web: www.wsparkandrec.com By visiting us online you can: • View the latest program offerings & special events. • Check if your child’s game has been cancelled due to weather conditions. • Download Registration Forms, Facility Reservation Forms, Employment & Coaching Applications. • View Volunteer & Employment Opportunities. 2. E-NEWS Do you want instant information sent to you directly via Email? We provide email announcements regarding various programs and recreational activities: Including cancellation of programs/sport activities due to weather conditions. To subscribe, go to www.wsparkandrec.com and scroll to the bottom of any page. Click on “subscribe to public notice” and follow the directions...It’s that simple!
FACILITIES...           13 FREE ICE SKATING  ICE SKATING AREAS IN TOWN  AMELIA PARK ICE ARENA, WESTFIELD  When the cold we...
REGISTRATION FORM... 14 WEST SPRINGFIELD PARK & RECREATION DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION FORM Parent/Guardian Name:___________________________________ Home Phone:_________________ (parent/guardian if participant is under 18 or under legal guardianship) Street Address:________________________________________ Work Phone:_________________ City:_________________________State:_______ Zip:________ Cell Phone:___________________ Is this a change in address?___ Yes ___No Email Address:__________________________________ Participant Information: Activity Code Last Name Proof of Age & Residency is Required for New Participants First Name Address/City Please Read and Sign I am aware that participation in any recreational activity may involve the risk of injury. I have reviewed the activities required to participate in this program as set forth above, and I am able to perform these activities. I realize that the submission of any false or knowingly misleading statement made in completing this form by the participant, or by his or her parent or guardian, will be grounds for the removal of the participant from the program and the forfeiture of any fee paid. Recognizing that there is a risk of injury in my participation in this program, I hereby release, and discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless, the Town of West Springfield, it’s employees, contractor instructors, and volunteers from any and all liabilities and cause of action that I or my child may have arising out of participation in this program. I hereby agree to abide by the rules and regulations as established by the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department. I further agree that when I leave this activity or at its completion, I shall return any and all equipment and uniforms issued to me. Zero Tolerance Policy By signing below, I agree that if I, or any of my family members or guests, fail to abide by the Code of Conduct found in the “Zero Tolerance Policy” received at the time of registration, then I/they will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the “Zero Tolerance Policy” that could include, but is not limited to, the following: • • • • Verbal warning by an official, head coach or Recreation Staff person. Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by WSPRD. Game forfeit initiated by the official or coach. Parental season suspension. Parent/Guardian Signature:___________________________ Date_________ M/F D.O.B Current Grade Fee Coaches & Sponsors Needed for Sports Teams! We rely on volunteers to coach and help teams. Without volunteers, the sports program cannot be successful. No experience is necessary, just the desire to help kids learn basic skills and enjoy being active. I would like to Volunteer as... Coach _______ Asst. Coach_________ I would like to Sponsor a team... Yes________ No_______ I would like to referee...Yes________ No_______ Make checks payable to: Town of West Springfield Mail to: West Springfield Park & Recreation Department 26 Central Street - Suite 19 West Springfield, MA 01089 _____ Cash (do not mail cash) _____ Check/Money Order Total Enclosed $_______________ (413) 263-3284 www.wsparkandrec.com
REGISTRATION FORM...        14 WEST SPRINGFIELD PARK   RECREATION DEPARTMENT REGISTRATION FORM  Parent Guardian Name _____...