5 Western MA Parks Go Organic!

5 Local Parks to Implement Organic Lawn Care Practices

Look Park in Florence offers recreational opportunities for walkers, runners, bikers, and other users. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Five municipal parks in the Hampshire and Hampden county areas will transition from using synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides to using organic practices and materials. These parks attract thousands of visitors each year, creating an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the benefits and beauty of organic lawn care.  This is GREAT news for families, pets and our natural environment!

Participating Western MA parks include:

  • School Street Park in Agawamwithin walking distance of the Connecticut River, School Street Park features 50 acres of land with four multi-purpose athletic fields, a handicap accessible playscape, a basketball court, shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, walking trails, picnic tables, and a historic barn. The park has a high volume of adult and children using its facilities.
  • Look Park in Florence —Look Park offers recreational opportunities for walkers, runners, bikers, and other users. One of its focal points is a grass 2,200-person capacity outdoor concert theatre. Earlier this year, using a Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) grant, this outdoor theater transitioned to a petrochemical- and pesticide-free venue.
  • Greenwood Park in Longmeadow—the park abuts Greenwood Center, which houses the Council on Aging and the Longmeadow Park and Recreation Childcare Center. The Childcare Center uses Greenwood Park daily for its outdoor activities, as does the Council on Aging for certain seasonal events.
  • Town Center Park in Ludlow—the Town plans to use TURI funding to transition this park, which hosts a summer community concert series, into a pesticide- and petrochemical-free space. The park is located in a highly visible area in the center of Town and the concert series is well attended.
  • Wistariahurst Museum Grounds in Holyoke—in 1959, Wistariahurst was given to the City of Holyoke for cultural and educational purposes. The grounds contain extensive ornamental gardens and an expansive lawn. The museum is home to the Master Gardener’s Association and hosts weekly meetings and multiple plant sales and regional conferences throughout the year.

In addition to their actual lawn care programs, each park will participate in an extensive public awareness and promotion campaign including workshops and seminars, display banners, lawn signs, brochures, and promotions at local park events.

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Buttery Brook Park in South Hadley

Buttery Brook Park: South Hadley’s Park for Families!

Buttery Brook Park is located at 123 Willimansett St (Route 33) in South Hadley, MA. This summer families are invited to come enjoy a Picnic at the Park on Memorial Day, Friday Family Cruise Nights and Cookout, Children'sWednesday Concert Series, Big Rig Day, and much more.

Buttery Brook Park welcomes families to an exciting summer of events at the Park this summer. Meet friends, make friends, enjoy the park and all its new features!

The season of family fun begins around noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a Picnic at the Park (following the parade in South Hadley). The South Hadley Community Band will perform a patriotic selection of tunes at 2pm and free cake will be served. The picnic is a chance for families to greet the farm animals and play with the recently improved playscape, including structures for large and small children, a giant sandbox with ride-on diggers, an outdoor drum set, and a ride-on two-seater airplane. A grassy picnic space with swings overlooking the play area is under construction, trees will be added around the play area for eventual shade, and several benches will be added for parents and grandparents to rest while kids play.

The summer events calendar at Buttery Brook Park also includes the regular weekly Friday Cruise Night car show and family cookout. Cruise nights are free and open to the public. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars, DJ music (enjoy those oldies!), refreshments and the company of neighbors and friends. Plan to join them for supper—the menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a variety of beverages (including beer). Proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements such as the playground at the center of the park. Kids will also enjoy the coloring corner and animal feeding area … make it a regular Friday family night!

Families and local day care providers will enjoy the Summer Children’s Concert Series on Wednesday mornings in July. This free series is geared toward children ages 10 and under, and is presented by the Friends and the South Hadley Family Center. Jay Mankita will perform on July 13, Miss Leticia will join us on July 20, and Roger Tinknell will round out the series on July 27. All performances will go from 10-11 AM.

On August 4th (11 AM-1 PM), don’t miss Big Rig Day. Come see Big Rigs of all types (fire trucks, police cars, utility trucks, ambulances, and more)… climb into the cabs, ride the aerial ladder, and meet the people who operate these fascinating vehicles.

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