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.

Future park improvements, which will be funded in part by proceeds from this season’s events, include improvements to the playground and the possibility of an exercise trail, with a wading pool and spray park being on the longer-term horizon.  Besides funding, the Friends are also seeking volunteers to help with the season’s events. If you wish to volunteer, please contact friendsofbutterybrook@yahoo.com.

About Buttery Brook Park

Buttery Brook Park was created over 25 years ago by Joseph Taylor, the then Parks Superintendent for the town of South Hadley. A centrally located playscape area began taking shape in 2008 thanks in part to fundraising activities by the Friends of Buttery Brook Park and many generous individual and business contributions. The park staff has made many improvements to the park in connection with this project, including a volleyball area, and additional play equipment will continue to be added. The park is open from April to November, 8:30 AM to dusk.

Park facilities may be rented for birthday parties (parents take note: the Log Cabin is a great inside space for children’s birthday parties, right next to the playground!), club outings, family reunions, organization functions, picnics and wedding receptions. Pavillions and the Log Cabin may be rented by calling the South Hadley DPW at 413.538.5033. For additional information about the park, please see www.butterybrookpark.org.

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