2017Sniffing out spring – Dave Norris of Greenfield with his canine friend Sammy at the Green River Park Dog Park on Monday. 04-04-17 Recorder Photo
Team work: Green River Park wins design award – Once an overlooked and underused facility, Green River Park off Petty Plain Road underwent extensive renovations last summer, transforming it into a community gathering space. The state has selected the park for the 2017 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s Design of Facility Agency Award, which recognizes departments that create and renovate facilities that enhance their community. 03-30-17 Recorder Article
Green River Park Wins 2017 Design of Facility Agency Award – As a Playful City, USA, Greenfield prides itself in its exceptional play spaces. Green River Park is no exception. Once an overlooked and underused facility, it is now a gem of the community after extensive renovations in the spring and summer of 2016. Renovations included a new playground, pavilion, picnic tables, benches, bike racks, basketball court, pickle ball court, paved parking area, and Dog Park. The park has truly transformed into an essential community gathering space. “A truly Greenfield municipal team effort to plan, prepare and complete this project” beamed Mayor William Martin. ‘From the beginning in 2014 as we outlined our priority projects that had the best opportunity to succeed the pieces began to fall into place.” Green River Park, only later to be designated a formal park by the Town Council, had all of the attributes that would maximize available resources. Ample land, duel access, needed repairs, services for multiple interests coupled with a grant opportunity, Foundation funds for a dog park and future expansion opportunities easily paved the way for a priority designation. The Mayor added “when I say a team effort, I mean several departments working together for the common community good. Those involved include Eric Twarog and Maureen Pollock of Planning; George VanDelinder and Ed Reniewicz of Central Maintenance; Don Ouelette, Mike Duclos, Paul Newell and Paul Raskevitz of DPW; Christy Moore and Kelly Jenkins of Recreation; Rachel Jaquay and Pam Kinsmith, Paws Park supporters and Rick Roy, Chair, of the Recreation Commission”. Together, with the energy and leadership provided by these individuals Green River Park has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s “Design of Facility Agency Award”. The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s Executive Board established this award as a way to recognize departments that create and renovate facilities that greatly enhance their community. Christy Moore, Recreation Director, accepted the award during the Awards Brunch at the 32nd Annual MRPA State Conference on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. 03-15-17 Entire Announcement
Community art to beautify downtown – Downtown Greenfield is about to get a bit more colorful thanks to two community art projects. Local artists are invited to submit proposals to the Recreation Department for painted utility boxes, which the town hopes will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape and enhance the Downtown Crossroads Cultural District. Artists may also submit letters of interest to guide youth in the creation of three separate public art projects, including a large utility box mural, parking meter painting and Rainworks art installations. Kelly Jenkins, program supervisor at the Recreation Department, said 10 downtown utility boxes will be painted as part of the project, as well as a utility box on the corner of Main Street and Bank Row that will be painted by teens in grades 8 to 12. “It enhances the artscape of the downtown and Main Street,” Jenkins said, “especially with the youth projects, it lets them have a say in what’s represented in the town.” Children and teens participating in the program will work on the projects after school during April and May. The Rainworks project for grades eight to 12 will feature inspirational, humorous and uplifting designs that only appear when it rains. Designs will be created using a super-hydrophobic coating that is invisible on dry concrete, but repels water, showing designs or messages when the rest of the concrete darkens on rainy days. Children in grades five to seven will have the opportunity to paint 20 parking meters with individualized designs. 03-08-17 Recorder Article
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Greenfield Recreation Department INVITES ARTISTS to submit project applications for TWO UPCOMING COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS IN DOWNTOWN GREENFIELD. These community projects are funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant Program, Greenfield Local Cultural Council and the Town of Greenfield. Artists must submit all required materials to the Recreation Department by March 20, 2017. For questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Call To Artists: Seeking Artists for Community Kids Public Art Projects Call To Artists: Artists to Paint Town Utility Boxes
Sledder rides some serious sky – Dameon Marshall, 12, of Turners Falls, catches some air off a jump at Beacon Field on the first day of Winter Vacation, Monday. 02-22-17 Recorder Photo
Game on! – Brayden Abramson, 3, and his neighbor Sophie O’Brien, 8, throw snow for Dixie the dog while making a snowman at Beacon Field in Greenfield on Monday. 02-21-17 Recorder Photo
Welcoming Winter – Joanna Chattman of Greenfield takes her dog Bodhi on a walk — or vice versa — in Highland Park on Thursday. Ainslee Flynn and Kameryn Dearborn, both 11 and of Greenfield, sled down Beacon Field hill on their day off from school. 02-10-17 Recorder Photos
Greenfield Winter Carnival ice sculptures – Artists armed with chainsaws and chisels turned giant blocks of ice into sculptures of a seal, a polar bear, a trout and the abominable snowman on Friday for the city's annual winter carnival.
Editorial – Greenfield Recorder – We haven’t had that much snow this winter, but that has never stopped the Greenfield Winter Carnival from providing lots of cold weather celebration for Greenfield area residents. The three-day carnival did just that this weekend in its 95th year, with popular features like the Parade of Lights, fireworks, ice sculptures, sledding, snowman building, K-9 keg pull, cardboard sled races, music and other entertainments indoors and out. It’s wonderful to see that the town’s Parks and Recreation Department can pull off such a great mid-winter diversion each year. 02-06-17 Recorder Editorial
A smash success – Greenfield Winter Carnival sled races, K9 Keg Pull entertain all – Between cheering on children racing sleds and dogs dragging kegs, no one at Beacon Field Sunday afternoon seemed to notice how cold it was during the final events of the weekend’s Winter Carnival. “It was cold. Arctic blast was the perfect theme this year,” said Christy Moore, director of the Greenfield Recreation Department. Moore said the festival had thousands attend over the three days of the event, and several hundred attended Sunday’s events. 02-06-17 Recorder Article
Photo: Brayden Keith, 10, of Greenfield topples over in his sled during the cardboard sled competition at the Greenfield Winter Carnival at Beacon Field on Sunday. Among the categories in which sled riders could win an award was “Best Crash.”
Winter Carnival 2017 Cardboard Sled Race – Catch all the fun of Sunday's creativity and mayhem! 02-05-17 GCTV >>
A winter’s tale in photos – Recorder contest winners capture Franklin County – Each year, The Recorder holds an amateur photography contest and exhibit. The winners have been chosen for 2017 and are on display with other submissions in Studio C on the third floor of Wilson’s Department Store on Main Street in Greenfield. There were three winners in the color category and three winners in the black-and-white category. Photos will be on display until Saturday, Feb. 11. All photos depict winter subjects and scenes throughout Franklin County.
Cate Woolner of Northfield won first place for her color photo of icicles glimmering in the sunlight.
Vicky Griswold of Shelburne Falls won first place for her black-and-white photo showing a reflection in a drop off of an icicle.
Jo-Ann Demers of Turners Falls won second place for her color photo of snowy branches framing a bridge.
Vivien Venskowski of Gill won second place for her black-andwhite photo of this wintery view of the Quabbin in New Salem.
Brian Foley of Greenfield won third place for his color photo of reed stalks in the snow on the Quabbin Reservoir.
Cathy Roberts of Shelburne Falls won third place for her black-and-white photo of these happy sheep. 02-04-17 Recorder Life & Times
Ice fishing – Matthew Hass of Canandaigua, N.Y., puts the finishing touches on his ice sculpture of a trout on Main Street in Greenfield as part of the kick-off of the Greenfield Winter Carnival. 02-04-17 Recorder Photo
Lights aplenty – The Parade of Lights makes its way up Main Street in Greenfield Friday night as part of the Winter Carnival. 02-04-17 Recorder Photo
Keeping Their Cool – The weather cooperated this year, with a high around freezing, and the carvers who kicked off this year's Greenfield Winter Carnival were quite happy as they created art from large blocks of ice. 02-03-17 GCTV >>
Winter Carnival 2017 Is Here! – Thanks to the Greenfield Recreation Department, there will be lots to do in town this weekend. We think Winter Carnival is a terrific way to beat the blues this time of year and hope you will take full advantage the opportunities to skate, sled, enjoy a fireworks display, and so much more. We've already been out looking at the ice carvings and talking with the artists who are creating them. You can see our pictures here. Happy Winter! 02-03-17 GCTV >>
Winter Carnival’s 95th celebration begins – Winter Carnival returns for its 95th year with an Arctic Blast theme on Friday, Feb. 3. Winter Carnival, which runs through Feb. 5, has been a long standing tradition within Greenfield, dating back to 1922. The celebration kicks off with live ice carvings in downtown Greenfield by area artists. The sculptures will be displayed throughout the weekend and viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite. Cast your vote at the ballot box in the Town Common. Illuminated vehicles will travel from Newton School to Beacon Field as part of the third annual Parade of Lights. Following the parade, a bonfire and fireworks display will take place at Beacon Field. On Saturday, the four-mile Sleigh Bell Run kicks off. The course begins on Hope Street and continues through Highland Park. Register in advance online or at the Recreation Department and Town Hall, or on the day of the race at Hope & Olive restaurant. 02-02-17 Recorder A&E
Bundle up! – Winter Carnival returns to Greenfield this weekend – Grab your warm clothes and lace up your ice skates, because Greenfield’s Winter Carnival returns this weekend for its 95th year, bringing the community together for a celebration of the season. “It really speaks to the joy that it continues to bring our community year after year, especially in a time of year that can be dark and our days are short,” said Maddy Benjamin, program supervisor for the town’s Recreation Department, which puts on the event. “It’s nice to have something to look forward to every year that we’ve been able to look forward to for so long, so I think it’s really valuable to our community members in so many ways.” The three-day festival kicks off Friday morning with live ice carvings throughout downtown by local artists, which will be illuminated at night and on display all weekend. The theme for this year’s carnival is “arctic blast,” which Benjamin said she hopes will serve as inspiration for several contests scheduled for the weekend, such as the third annual Parade of Lights Friday night and the cardboard sled race Sunday afternoon. 02-02-17 Recorder Article
Winter Carnival Queen ID'd – This photo from 1961 ran in a recent supplement, with an appeal for names of the two young ladies. Alert reader Jim Shortell of Greenfield writes, “The young lady on the right is my wife, Carol Shortell. Note the tiara in her hair. She was the Winter Carnival queen in 1961. Her name at the time was Carol Tetreault. She was 17, and a senior at Greenfield High. Carol and I were dating at the time. We both grew up in Greenfield and began dating while in Greenfield High School. We were married in 1963, lived briefly in Connecticut, then moved back to Greenfield in 1970 and have been here ever since. The young lady beside her, on the left, is Peggy Jean White, from Boynton Beach, Fla. Among the events locally was a winter carnival ball at the Weldon Hotel and attending the ski jumping event in East Greenfield. I was a freshman at Brown University at the time and came home to be Carol’s escort for the festivities.” 02-01-17 Recorder Photo
Life-size artwork – On Monday, students in Greenfield Middle School art classes were busy making displays for the upcoming Winter Carnival in town. Above, paraprofessional Vanesa Ricketts supervises as Katie Adams and Eric Kelly work on a Fire Bird. 01-26-17 Recorder Photo
2016Bravo, Green River Park – The newly renovated Green River Park is superb. Recently, on a sunny afternoon, my handicapped 94-year-old mother June had a glorious time on the handicapped access swing. She shared her time in the park with two 4year-olds running up and down the slide, a 7-year-old and their families. A total stranger (now our new friend) who was there with her great nieces took our photo. Green River Park is fun for all ages and that shared fun builds our community. JUDITH ROBERTS Colrain 11-11-16 Recorder Readers Write
Time for a hike – The view to the north from Sachems Head in Greenfield gives a view of tree crowns in Highland Park. 10-20-16 Recorder Photo
Beach Time – Ashlee Bowen, 11, tosses a clump of sand into a pile with her friend Kris Kinsmith, 13, on the beach at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield on Monday. 10-12-16 Recorder Photo
‘I went to the woods’ – Amie Hyson, of Greenfield, writes in a journal on a bridge at the edge of Highland Pond in Highland Park in Greenfield recently. Hyson rides her bicycle to the spot daily for tea and meditation. 10-11-16 Recorder Photo
Flying franks - Rain deters crowds but not the fun at Blues, Brews and BBQ festival – Rain may have kept large crowds away during Sunday’s portion of the Riverside Blues, Brews and BBQ, but that didn’t stop the barbecue teams from showing up and competing for the event’s top prize. The two-day barbecue festival took place on Saturday and Sunday at Beacon Field in Greenfield. It had two parts: events for the public like a hot dog toss, live music and samples, and the barbecue competition for the professional teams. The teams grilled and smoked various meats and submitted different styles each day to the judges. The Greenfield Recreational Department organizes the event, which is cosponsored by Lefty’s Brewing Co. and the Rotary Club. The festival was rain or shine, and the less-than-ideal weather meant smaller crowds than expected, but several of the teams competing said the weather was better than many competitions that take place in the middle of summer. Kris Yeager of the team “Right on Que” said the event is well-known for New England barbecuers and the fact that the festival takes place in the fall during peak foliage time is also a big draw. 10-10-16 Recorder Article
Brews and barbecue back in Greenfield this weekend – If you are heading down High Street this weekend and you smell barbecue, you might want to turn down Beacon Street and join in the festivities at the sixth annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at Beacon Field. The festival happens from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9. Admission is $5 and free for children ages 10 and under with an adult. Entry to the beer saloons is additional. It features a New England Barbecue Society Grilling Contest, a Kansas City Barbeque Society Contest (the official state championship), as well as beer, blues music, a keg toss, a beer sampling and contests for pie-eating and . . . mustaches! 10-06-16 Recorder Artlcle
Pups in the park – Judy Gagnon of Greenfield and her Yorkshire Terrier Reggie, left, take a break from playing at Green River Park's new dog park Thursday. After more than four months of renovations, the park officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday evening. In addition to the town's first dog park, Green River Park now has the town's first Pickleball court, which was built during the renovations along with a new tree house-inspired playground, pavilion, parking lot and more. 09-16-16 Recorder Photo
Thursday, September 15th - GREEN RIVER PARK RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY – 6:00 p.m. – Come on out and help us celebrate! This was a big project and we are so very proud of how beautifully it came out.
Just wading now – The sun sets recently over the Green River at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield. 09-13-16 Recorder Photo
Enjoying the view – A man rests on a bench beside the Green River at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield on Tuesday. 09-08-16 Recorder Photo
OUR NEIGHBOR DILLON CHEVROLET – in Greenfield is supporting Greenfield Recreation Department through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program and will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2016 youth soccer season. Also thanks to Dillon, some youth soccer players will have the opportunity to attend a free youth clinic with professional soccer coaches. “We are looking forward to a great season with Greenfield Recreation Department that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations,” said Jay Dillon. “Chevrolet Youth Soccer is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.” Thank you for your continued support Jay and Dillon Chevrolet! 08-31-16 Recorder Neighbors Column
The SPLASH PAD will only be OPEN 12 NOON - 4 PM DAILY due to the press release from DPW about the voluntary water restrictions. These limited hours will be in effect until the restriction is lifted. Thanks for your understanding. DPW Press Release >> 08-17-16 Press Release
Residents asked to restrict nonessential water use – As hot, dry weather conditions continue placing a high demand on town water supplies, the town water department is asking residents to voluntarily use less water. This means curtailing nonessential uses, such as watering lawns and gardens and washing vehicles. If outdoor irrigation is necessary, it should be done very early in the morning or very late in the day, and monitored so that excess water is not used, town officials urge. 08-18-16 Recorder Artlcle
Too hot? Park it - Soaring temps, sticky air send residents to splash park – Thursday’s intense humidity and high temperatures sent residents and out-of-towners alike running for the nearest water to beat the heat. As of Thursday around 3:30 p.m., Tom Bevacqua, a meteorologist and weather columnist for The Recorder, said humidity was higher than 60 percent and temperatures had almost reached 90 degrees. At Hillside Park, Debbi Friedlander of Amherst and her 2-year-old granddaughter, Kaya Thornton, braced themselves as ice-cold water burst from sprinklers, providing a brief — and cool — respite. 08-12-16 Recorder Article
Endurance for the win – Athletes from all over the region biked, swam and ran their way to victory at the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon on Sunday. Mark Waller of Greenfield races down Nash’s Mill Road during the Sprint individual bike leg. 08-08-16 Recorder Article
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Former champs abound for Sunday’s race – The 33rd running of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon will take place Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area in Greenfield, where three former champions will be among the few hundred people competing. Last year’s Sprint Division champions Dan Benson and JoEllen Cameron are both returning to defend their titles, as is last year’s International men’s champion Carson Poe. Benson finished the .31-mile swim, 15.14-mile bike and 3.09-mile run in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 1.5 seconds to claim the 2015 Sprint men’s championship, marking the second time the Greenfield native has won the event, the other coming in 2012. Last year was also Cameron’s second title, as the 2011 champion hailing from Conway earned the Sprint women’s championship with a time of 1:17:16.3, finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival. 08-05-16 Recorder Article
Talk about full circle – Hank Lange remembers it well — Greenfield Triathlon, Aug. 4, 1991, he the 37-year-old overall runner-up and men’s 30-39 division champion. Although it would be no stretch to assume that his grueling accomplishment that day could not have been topped by anyone in his immediate family at that time a quarter-century ago, such a logical assumption about his grueling ordeal would be inaccurate indeed. In fact, dead wrong. Because, you see, just 20 hours before the starting gun had sounded, Lange’s wife, Diana, had given birth to their first child, a daughter. Now, 25 years after the birth of Sarah Wellington Lange, she and her dad will return to Greenfield to participate in the 33rd annual triathlon Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. The Brattleboro residents had not returned to the race until last summer, when the Langes attended the 32nd running of the event as spectators. While cheering competitors, father and daughter could feel their competitive juices begin to flow and then and there a challenge was issued for the following summer. “The idea was hatched while we watched that day,” Hank said. “She’s out for blood, I’m afraid.” 08-02-16 Recorder Article
Celebrating freedom - Annual fireworks event gives chance to spend time with family, be thankful – The first three fireworks zipped into the darkening sky as the band played the national anthem, a fitting start to a half-hour show accompanied by “wows” and “oohs” from captivated spectators. Each rocket launched into the cool night air with a bawhoomp sound, leaving wisps of smoke billowing up from beside Poet’s Seat Tower, which is topped by an American flag. Each exploded with a pop, lighting up the night sky and field below. As the explosions came closer together and covered more of the sky, signaling the show’s finale, spectators cheered, whistled and applauded and children uttered excited squeals. The blasts were often so powerful they could be felt. Thousands of people turned out from across the Pioneer Valley for Greenfield’s annual Independence Day fireworks, which began at 9:30 p.m. after hours of festivities at Beacon Field. At around 7 p.m., Christy Moore, director of the Greenfield Recreation Department, took the stage to present At-Large Town Councilor Penny Ricketts with the Fortin Family 2016 Volunteer Award. The award is given annually to recognize an individual for outstanding service to the Greenfield community. 07-04-16 Recorder Article
Fireworks, festivities on tap for weekend – The night sky over Franklin County will once again be lit by explosions Saturday, during the town’s 2016 Independence Day celebration. Fireworks will blast into the air, fired off from Poet’s Seat Tower at 9:35 p.m., about an hour after sunset and immediately following a performance of the national anthem, sung by Gretchen Tucker. “It’s one of our most popular events,” said Christy Moore, town recreation director. “It’s the largest fireworks display in Franklin County. People can see it everywhere in Greenfield because of the Poet’s Seat ridgeline.” The fireworks, which are sponsored by the town’s Recreation Department, are free to the public. Moore said there’s limited onstreet parking, so anyone who wants to attend should plan and be prepared to walk. Before the fireworks, festivities will kick off at 4 p.m. on Beacon Field, at 101 Sanderson St, and at the middle school, at 141 Davis St. Food, face painting, drinks and other novelty items and activities will be offered by third-party vendors. The event will include musical performances (at Beacon Field only) by Lexi Weege (starting at 5 p.m.), Zydeco Connection (6 p.m.), Fortin Family Award (7:10 p.m.), Sweet Little Bloodhound (7:15 p.m.) and the Greenfield Military Band (8:30 p.m.). A grant for music at the event was given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The town Department of Public Works and Central Maintenance have also helped make the event possible. A rain date for Sunday has been set in case of inclement weather. 06-30-16 Recorder Article
Folk/pop singer will kick off concert series – Folk/pop artist Hayley Reardon will kick off the Sundays in the Park summer concert series at the Energy Park on Sunday at 6 p.m. She has been selected for official showcases at Folk Alliance International and New England Regional Folk Alliance, as well as The Boston Folk Festival, New York Songwriter’s Circle and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. Boston Globe Magazine has dubbed her “A confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston Folk scene.” Performer Magazine has called her music “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul.” Bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic and enjoy an evening of music. Suggested donation of $10. In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Arts Block, 289 Main Street. This three-part concert series is made possible by sponsorships from Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Co-Operative Bank, the Safe Schools Safe Streets Coalition, The Recorder, Bear Country 95.3, WHAI, the Hampton Inn & Suites of Greenfield, Friends of Greenfield Recreation and the Mass Cultural Council. 06-22-16 Recorder Article Concert Series Announcement >>
Colorful downtown addition – Mayor William Martin and Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura have unveiled a new mural and parking meters created by nearly 80 children enrolled in the Greenfield Recreation Department’s Community Kids, Bringing Art to the Heart of Greenfield program. The 3-by-16-foot mural, installed on the Davis Street side of the Greenfield Community College Foundation downtown building on Main Street, features a streetscape designed by the children, including cars, buses, trees and snowmen, as well as geometeric shapes in the sky. The painted parking meters were also installed downtown. The projects were created by youth ages 5 to 16 under the supervision of artist David Serotkin of Shelburne. 06-10-16 Recorder Article
Greenfield to unveil downtown mural - Tuesday at 4 at GCC Downtown Center – Mayor William Martin and Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura will unveil a new mural and parking meters created by nearly 80 children enrolled in the Greenfield Recreation Department’s Community Kids, Bringing Art to the Heart of Greenfield program Tuesday at 4 p.m. The unveiling will take place at the GCC Downtown Center on the corner of Davis and Main streets. The projects were created by youth ages 5 to 16 under the supervision of artist David Serotkin of Shelbur ne. Serotkin is an artist and teacher who has worked on public art across New England and the mid-Atlantic region. The mural depicts the children’s view of Greenfield’s landscape in vibrant colors. “This mural was created during the winter and early spring school vacations as part of the Recreation Department’s vacation programming,” said Recreation Director Christy Moore in a news release. “We are so proud of the work these kids made.” In addition to the mural, the Recreation Department is also unveiling a number of brightly painted parking meters. Also painted by youth, Moore said the parking meters add whimsy and fun to downtown. Both projects were funded by the town and a two-year Adams Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “We believe that art enlivens the downtown and creates connections within our community,” Moore said. 06-06-16 Recorder Article
Big peace – A peace sign cut into the grass of Beacon Field in Greenfield can be seen in the outfield of the baseball field during a game, as seen from Poet's Seat Tower. 06-01-16 Recorder Photo
Greenfield designated a 2016 Playful City USA – Greenfield has been honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Greenfield has been honored for the work of the Recreation Department in providing play opportunities throughout the community, from special events to the continued investment in the community ’s play infrastructure, like the splash pad feature at Hillside Park and a planned dog park at the Green River Park . “I am grateful to be part of a community that values the importance of play,” Recreation Director Christy Moore said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing to create play opportunities for people of all ages.” A total of 257 communities were honored with the designation this year. 5-25-16 Recorder Article
Labor of Love – Andrew Vernon, of Greenfield, brushes the clay tennis courts on Sanderson Street adjacent to Beacon Field in Greenfield with his son, Levi Vernon, 4. 05-24-16 Recorder Photo
Doggie paddle – Twins Ava and Zoey, 3½, splash water at a playful dog at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area where they were enjoying the warm weather with their mother, Erin Johnston of Greenfield on Monday. 05-24-16 Recorder Photo
Imagination Station – The new train play structure was installed at the Energy Park on Thursday as well as two railroad-themed benches. The old style steam locomotive, flat car and caboose will be surrounded by bark mulch. 05-04-16 Recorder Photo
Greenfield officials understand value of green space – Greenfield’s parks come in different shapes and sizes and with individual features that make them appealing for different kinds of activities. Go to the Greenfield Recreation Department’s website and you’ll find plenty of options for all kinds of active and passive outdoor recreation. Of that impressive list, there are 10 places that have “park” in their names. At one of the parks, Green River Park, a project — long overdue in our opinion — is getting underway, breathing new life into the space. Improvements planned for the park off Petty Plain Road, and accessible from Deerfield Street by a foot bridge, are substantial. Long a place used for recreational softball, the park is undergoing a transformation that should entice more people to discover the park and what is happening there. It will be the site of the town’s first dog park, where canines and their humans can socialize and interact in an enclosed area. As Mayor William Martin said early in the town’s effort to get this project rolling: “We are extremely fortunate to have not only found a site most are satisfied with for a dog park, but also have the opportunity to improve another neighborhood park.” 04-27-16 Recorder Opinion
Substantial renovations slated for Green River Park – The town will soon get its first dog park and outdoor pickleball court after substantial renovations to Green River Park are completed this summer. The park, located off of Petty Plain Road, will be closed for construction beginning Tuesday until further notice. It will undergo major renovations including a new basketball court, pickleball court, playground, pavilion, dog park, parking area and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements. The project is expected to cost $627,872, according to Recreation Director Christy Moore. “We are thrilled to break ground on this project,” she said on Monday. “The renovations will be a great asset to our community and our four legged friends.” 04-26-16 Recorder Article PRESS RELEASE >>
Energy Park to close for playground install – The Greenfield Energy Park will be closed from Wednesday to Friday for the installation of a new play train structure. Citizens are asked to please avoid the area, as heavy machinery will be in use. There will be limited parking in front of the Red Caboose in the Miles Street parking lot. The town awarded the bid for the new playground to Site Specifics LLC of Rochester, according to a news release about the project. The play structure, designed by UPC Parks will feature a three-piece train with play engine, caboose and flat train car, and two train-themed benches. 04-26-16 Recorder Article PRESS RELEASE >>
Greenfield seeks request for proposals for downtown sculpture – The town is seeking proposals from artists for a sculpture in the downtown parking area at Fiske Avenue and Miles Street to welcome people as they walk toward the Energy Park. Artists from all disciplines and regions of the country are eligible to submit proposals, as long as they are over 21, and $14,300 will be awarded for the creation, delivery and installation of the sculpture. Completed applications are due to the town no later than May 13. “We believe that downtown Greenfield is a great place to be and we are adding art to emphasize it,” Recreation Director Christy Moore said in a news release. “This sculpture is one more element to creating a downtown that is both dynamic and fun.” The piece will be located on a site 10 feet wide by 30 feet long, and the sculpture must have a footprint no larger than 10-by-10 feet, according to the request for proposals. Furthermore, it must be at least 6 feet tall and made of non-corrosive materials — not wood — and have no sharp edges that might cause injury. 04-14-16 Recorder Article
Students create mural for downtown Greenfield – Downtown Greenfield will soon get a new streetscape mural, created by 40 students who participated in a weeklong program put on by the town’s Recreation Department. Under the direction of Shelburne Falls-based artist David Serotkin, the students created a paper collage utilizing positive and negative space, which will be transferred onto a mural board and then hand-painted by the students. The finished piece will then be installed on the Davis Street side of the Greenfield Community College Foundation downtown building on Main Street. “It’s just really cool to involve local artists and have youth to expand our cultural landscape,” Recreation Director Christy Moore said. “We have some crosswalks and some other murals downtown, but it’s just really cool to have the kids involved in beautifying the downtown.” The students began working on the project over February vacation and will finish the painting this month, with a spring installation date that has yet to be determined. The artwork is being done through the Recreation Department’s Community Kids Bringing Art to the Heart of Greenfield Mural Project, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant Program. Moore said, “We took all those collages and blended them together to make what looks like a streetscape of things that were important to the kids,” she said, adding the finished 3-by-16-foot piece includes cars, buses, trees and snowmen, as well as geographic shapes in the sky. The kids will return this month to finish painting the mural, which will be done by a paint-by-number system. 04-09-16 Recorder Article
Celebrating our Parks – This year is the National Park Service’s Centennial, so I wanted to highlight the importance of our parks to your readers. Massachusetts is home to dozens of public parks like Highland Park in Greenfield and the Cape Cod National Seashore. With children today spending more time indoors than they did just 20 years ago — in addition to the recognized health benefits of being outside — having access to public lands and parks is crucial. But too many of our parks here in Massachusetts and across the country are threatened. From local parks to the Grand Canyon, we’ve seen years of budget cuts and threats from private interests. The result? Less land for the public to enjoy. Thankfully, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has traditionally supported our public lands. I hope she will stand up and use her power to keep our public lands in public hands. We need her to ensure they are wellfunded, properly maintained, and protected. Our kids — and their kids — will thank her! JOHN ROMANO campaign organizer Environment Massachusetts Boston 03-29-16 Recorder Readers Write
Sands of play time – Brothers Wren, 4 years old, and Milo Topitzer, 18 months, play with Tonka trucks at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area on Tuesday. The Topitzer boys are from Colrain. 03-09-16 Recorder Photo
Making Art – Check out this awesome video by GCTV of our Community Kids art program! The Greenfield Rec Department ran a grant funded program over February break which engage youths in making a piece of public art that will be displayed downtown. 02-29-16 GCTV >>
Snow-day shenanigans – Dragos Nichita, 14, of Greenfield, flies over a mound of snow on his flying-saucer sled at Beacon Field in Greenfield Monday. 02-09-16 Recorder Photo
Another succussful Winter Carnival - If you didn't make it this year, here is what you missed: 2016 Award Winners 2016 Sleigh Bell Run Results
Winter Carnival - Hot chili, cool contests & some last-minute snow – “Bacon!” said Amber Ortiz of Greenfield. “Man, that’s delicious,” she said after taking a bite of chili at the annual chili cook-off at Beacon Field during Greenfield’s Winter Carnival on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Ortiz is one of dozens of residents who gathered around a table to sample chili. While she says she loved all the contenders, her vote goes to chili number three, which she described as a minestrone soup with bacon. Three chili batches from local Greenfield businesses were lined up on the table, in order from least spicy to most spicy. The smells of cayenne pepper, roasted tomato chunks, and sweet onions drew in crowds. Children stopped by the chili table after sledding down the hill or taking a ride in the horse-drawn carriage. Family dogs circled around the table, hoping for scraps, as chili sauce dripped from the chins of children. Only 30 minutes into the chili cook-off, the plastic jar containing ballots for “The Best Chili Around” was already half full. Organizers named chili batch #1 from Brad’s Place the winner. The secret ingredient in the winning chili batch is horseradish, said the owner of Brad’s Place, Dan Devine. He wanted to give the recipe an extra kick and the tactic appears to have worked. This is his first time winning the annual chili cook-off. 02-08-16 Recorder Article
Winter Carnival 2016 Tug Of War – A quick look this year's Greenfield Winter Carnival community wide tug of war contest at Beacon Field. 02-07-16 GCTV >>
Winter Carnival 2016 Cardboard Sled Race – Catch all the fun of yesterday's creativity and mayhem! After you watch this video, scroll down for links to the rest of our footage from this weekend's festivities. 02-07-16 GCTV >>
Winter’s glory - Recorder photo contest winners capture winter in Franklin County – Sponsored by The Recorder & Wilson’s Department Store – This Amateur Photo Contest is held annually in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival, which is Feb. 5 through Feb. 7 this year. There is no charge to enter the contest, but the photographers must be amateurs and the images should depict winter in Franklin County.
Carole DeRose of Greenfield won first place in the adult color category for “Cousins Crusty-Cruising”.
Anne Nolan Wheeler of Colrain won first place in the adult category for her black and white photo of a cupola in the snow.
Henry Josephson of Greenfield received second-place honors in the adult color category for a photo at Catamount in Shelburne Falls.
Anne Nolan Wheeler of Colrain won second place in the black and white adult category for her photo of a snowy maple tire swing.
Phoebe Broussard of Greenfield won first place in youth category for her photo of a woodpecker perched at a feeder at her grandparents’ home in Vermont.
Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.
Henry Josephson of Greenfield won third place in the adult black and white category for his photo of a stonewall at Catamount.
All the winners photos will appear in Studio C on the third floor of Wilson’s Department store.
02-06-16 Recorder – Arts and Entertainment
A cut above - Greenfield Winter Carnival starts today – Call it a stroke of luck that snowfall on Friday kicked off the Greenfield Winter Carnival, which continues through the weekend. The annual event put on by the town’s recreation department includes fireworks, sleigh rides, ice carvings and a cardboard sled contest. This year’s theme is “Winter is Magic.” Given the drought of snow this winter until Friday, events this year don’t require snow. 02-06-16 Recorder Article
Winter Carnival 2016 Parade Of Lights – The second annual Greenfield Winter Carnival Parade of Lights. 02-05-16 GCTV >>
Winter Carnival 2016 Fireworks – Enjoy this year's Greenfield Winter Carnival fireworks whenever you want. 02-05-16 GCTV >>
Greenfield welcomes snow for Winter Carnival 2016 – It was one messy morning for drivers in Franklin County this morning. However, not everyone was unhappy to see the snow fall. "I love it. We get to go sledding build snowman place we need it. It hasn't been winter around here," said Kate Lee, of Greenfield. “I think it’s fun because I like to go in the snow and make snow angels," said Taylor Mernard, of Greenfield. A blanket of white fluff creating a serene back drop for Greenfield's winter carnival. “I'm loving it and I can't believe it showed up just in time for the winter carnival. It makes it super exciting," said Heather Welch-Smith, of Greenfield. "We like going around looking at ice sculptures and stuff," said Thomas Mernard, of Greenfield. Ice sculptor Annaliese Bischoff was one of many relieved to see Thursday’s warm temperatures disappear. “I had ice blocks, but they melted so really didn't have time to practice before hand," said Bischoff. Christy Moore, Director of Recreation for the city said she’s glad Mother Nature cooperated, considering there are a lot of winter events planned for the weekend. "It’s great. We have family fun fest on Saturday a lot of activities outside at Beacon Field on Sunday," said Moore. This is the 94th annual Winter Carnival for Greenfield. 02-05-16 Western Mass News Video
'Magical' weekend expected as Greenfield celebrates winter carnival – Get ready for a "magical" weekend as Greenfield celebrates its 94th Winter Carnival from Friday, Feb. 5, to Sunday, Feb. 7. "Winter to many people is magical," said Christy L. Moore, Greenfield recreation director. "It's exciting to get outside and do something fun in the doldrums of winter." And the weekend will have opportunities for many fun activities. They will include ice carving, a parade of lights, a bonfire and fireworks display, an amateur photography contest, a hockey game, a 4-mile run, a family fun fest, basketball games, a cribbage tournament, ice skating, Breakfast with Olaf from the Disney movie "Frozen," sledding, a snow sculpture contest, hay or sleigh rides, a tug of war, ice bowling, a chili cook-off, the K-9 Keg Pull and a cardboard sled race. 01-31-16 MassLive Article
Woff walk – Carolynn Laurenza of Greenfield walks her canine friends Chewie and Frankie at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Wednesday. 01-21-16 Recorder Photo
Birds of a feather – From left are fifth-grade Greenfield Middle School students Aneesa Brewer, Samantha Disciullo and Leah Brown working on their relief sculptures of winter birds that will be displayed during the upcoming Greenfield Winter Carnival. 01-18-16 Recorder Photo
Recreation Department still seeking public art proposals – The Recreation Department is still seeking proposals from artists to develop public art projects for the downtown area working with children. The Community Kids Public Art Project is organized by the Recreation Department and the Greenfield Public Art Committee and is made possible through an Adams Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Artists will help up to 50 children in kindergarten through grade 7 brainstorm designs, create sketches and coordinate the installation of the projects in the spring, after receiving approval from the town. Two different artists will be selected for projects over February and April school vacations and will receive a $1,000 stipend from the town, disbursed in two $500 payments at the conclusion of the vacation week and after the spring installation. Recreation Director Christy Moore said she’s received several proposals but is hoping for more by the Friday deadline. 01-06-16 Recorder Article
2015Artistic collaboration for downtown – We like what the Greenfield Recreation Department is trying to do by making connections between some local artists and public school students with the aim of creating downtown public art. As explained by Recreation Director Christy Moore, the idea is to have two artists work with a bunch of students, no more than 50 each, two hours a day during two upcoming vacations, which will lead to an artistic creation and its installation. It’s an opportunity for both artists and the assembled students to leave an impression on each other as well as with the public. We can’t wait to see what develops. 12-21-15 Recorder Editorial
Setting the pace – Eva Howard, 11 leads her father Zach Howard and Vincent on a walk at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. 12-18-15 Recorder Photo
Greenfield seeks artists to assist students with public projects - Artists sought for public student projects – The town’s Recreation Department is looking for two artists who will work with Greenfield public school students to create more downtown public art. The artists will work with elementary and middle school students during school vacations in February and April. Recreation Director Christy Moore said the artists will work with no more than 50 students each for two hours a day during the two upcoming school vacation weeks, and will eventually lead the students in installing whatever they decide to create. Each artist will receive a $1,000 stipend. Moore said some examples might be another creative crosswalk like the bee crosswalk on Court Square, a mural, parking meter painting, storm drain art or some sort of structural art. 12-17-15 Recorder Article
Keeping the ‘green’ in Greenfield: Sustainability committee heads into new year with even more to accomplish – The town committee responsible for implementing Greenfield’s new sustainable master plan is making progress every day, according to its chairwoman, and plans to continue into and through the new year. Carole Collins, who is also the town’s energy and sustainability coordinator, said she’s proud of the work that’s been done so far. The new master plan was adopted in 2013, and the implementation committee was formed in spring 2014. Collins said in less than two years, there have been great strides made in the areas of Greenfield’s creative economy and downtown beautification, reducing costs and climate change emissions, and enhancing education, to name a few. “It’s all about making our town appealing to families and people of all ages from 8 to 80,” said Christy Moore, Greenfield’s recreation director. “Over the past eight months, many park upgrades have been done – the new splash park at Hillside Park, the new play equipment at Greenfield Middle School, and the recently installed playground at Newton School.” Additionally, the town made improvements to the Davis Street tennis courts and purchased a portable stage, which supports all sorts of town events, including “Movies in the Park.” 11-27-15 Recorder Article
CYCLE Kids teaches safety savvy - Nonprofit grant lets local children learn nutrition, safe riding and more – Ten-year-old Marcellus Ortiz rode a black mountain bike with green and yellow stripes at the back of the middle school Tuesday, learning about hand signals and bike safety. “My dad taught me how to ride a bike, but now I’m learning things I never knew,” said Ortiz, who is one of 12 students in John Hickey’s physical education class this year learning about bicycling safely, nutrition and more, all thanks to a $20,000 grant from CYCLE Kids.The nonprofit is a prevention program based in Cambridge, which aims to reduce the rates of childhood obesity through the education of children and their families about the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle and making good nutritional choices, doing it through the bicycle. The town’s recreation and school departments applied for the grant for the middle school. It was enough to purchase 10 mountain bikes, 20 bicycle helmets and workbooks for all physical education and health classes at the middle school. 11-11-15 Recorder Article
Extreme Yoga – Dave Cox, of Millstone Township, N.J., holds a bakasana yoga pose on Sachem Head in Highland Park in Greenfield looking north across the Pioneer Valley. Cox, a yoga instructor, was visiting a friend in Vermont. His mother has two friends that are Greenfield residents and he decided to hike to Sachem Head, which he has not visited in 15 years, before heading back home to teach a yoga class. 11-07-15 Recorder Photo
Playground effort – I just wanted to give a big thank you and show my appreciation for all the hard work the Greenfield Recreation Department, Newton School PTO and staff, Mayor Martin and Superintendent Harper, Greenfield DPW and the many other Greenfield citizen volunteers put into the new Newton School playground. I really enjoyed working with everyone, meeting other parents and was touched at how many people in the community came out to help. Christy Moore, Kelly Jenkins and Matt Spinale from the Greenfield Recreation Department worked tirelessly throughout the month of October to get this project finished in time for the big 100th birthday celebration this past Oct. 23. The big party was a success-another wonderful community event, and all the children were overjoyed to finally play on their new playground. It was so great to see young and old alike on this day, talking about their beloved school, sharing stories and making memories. I am so thankful to be part of this great school and community! Thank you again to all who volunteered. SUZANNE GALE Newton School parent Greenfield 11-05-15 Recorder Readers Write
Ghouls of Greenfield - Greenfield Rag Shag contest winners – From covens of witches and creepy clowns to a motley marching band of mismatched characters, Greenfield’s annual Rag Shag Parade and costume contest once again proved a popular pre-Halloween event.
Here are the winners of the 2015 Greenfield Rag Shag Parade Costume Contest:
Homemade 1st place: Samantha Murray of Greenfield, Barbie doll in a box
2nd place: Anna Haskins of Greenfield, robot
Most original 1st place: Shayley Murray of Greenfield, rain cloud
2nd place: J.L. Burt of Greenfield, traffic light
Scariest 1st place: Jason Garcia of Greenfield, scary jester
2nd place: Kailyn Santiago of Greenfield, scary bride
Cutest 1st place: Talia Goddard of Greenfield, cupcake
2nd place: Temperance Gaboury of Greenfield, cat lady
Best cartoon character 1st place: Tiffany Aubrey of Montague, Cruella de Ville
2nd place: Amber Kowal of Leyden, Snow White
Adult open 1st place: Nichole Cherry of Bernardston, Olaf
2nd place: Michelle Farr of Greenfield, peacock
Group and family 1st place: The Passiglia family of Greenfield, The Addams Family
2nd place: The Dahlstrom-Hakki family of Greenfield, Star Wars .
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Greenfield or Gotham? – The Beauregard family dressed as Batman villains but ran into Iron Man instead of the caped crusader at Friday’s Rag Shag Parade and downtown trick-or-treat on Main Street in Greenfield. 10-31-15 Recorder Photo
Plenty of reasons to say ‘boo’ this Halloween – GREENFIELD - The town’s youngest ghosts and goblins will once again make their way through downtown, when Greenfield Recreation Department and Greenfield Business Association hold the annual Downtown Trick or Treat and Rag Shag Parade on Friday. Trick-or-treating will begin at 4 p.m. Businesses will have candy and treats to hand out to all. Reflective bags will be available on the Town Common throughout the event. Lineup for the Rag Shag Parade will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Mohawk Mall parking lot. The parade will be led by the Greenfield High School Marching Band and Greenfield Police. Greenfield Fire Department will follow. The parade will turn onto Miles Street and end at the Energy Park, where there will be costume judging and prizes. There will also be a free showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” at Greenfield Garden Cinemas at 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Recreation Department and GBA, along with 4SC Safe Schools, Safe Streets, downtown businesses, Greenfield Garden Cinemas, Greenfield Community Television, local dentists, WHAI and Bear Country radio stations, and the Franklin County Rotary Club. For more information about the event, call the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553 or visit: www.greenfieldrecreation.com/halloween.html. 10-29-15 Recorder Article
Chats and dogs – Dog owners chat while their dogs play at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield. 10-28-15 Recorder Photo
Triple Bs bring out mellow weekend crowd – Attendees of the the Riverside Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival in Greenfield sit in the sun at Beacon Field Saturday. Penny Ricketts of Greenfield tosses a keg during a keg toss competition. Kristen Ziter Taylor of Brattleboro, Vt., struggles to hold up a stein filled with water as Nancy Elmer of Greenfield offers moral support during a competition to determine who can hold theirs up the longest time. Dave Keller performs with his band, the Dave Keller Band on Sunday. 10-12-15 Recorder Photos
Water, water ... everywhere: Fast, heavy rains causes flooding, power outages, and damage to some apple trees – A morning of solid rain and the localized flooding and power outages it caused had public employees and utility crews scrambling around the county Wednesday, and many bracing for a week with more of the same. In Greenfield, the rising Green River invaded the Greenfield Recreation Department’s summer office off Nashs Mill Road, submerged the town beach and recreation area and closed the road. Personal weather stations reporting through weather service Weather Underground reported between 4 and 5.6 inches of rainfall Tuesday through Wednesday evening. The worst of the rain passed before the real flooding began. Recreation Director Christy Moore said as the storm went north, runoff continued to head downstream to Greenfield and the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. “We had to leave because it was in the building at 11:30, but we did get everything out of there in time,” Moore said. Everything included recreation equipment and the contents of the freezers. The building itself is concrete up to the rafters. Moore said the beach floods regularly, but they will have to wait until the water recedes to gauge the damage. “This is obviously a lot of water in a short period of time,” Moore said. Flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the beach in 2011. 10-01-15 Recorder Article
Summer’s fun but so is fall – An autumnally cool morning gave way again to summer warmth Sunday, and many were out making the best of the long Labor Day weekend as the unofficial last two days of summer. Mira Weare, 2, watched the water from the beach of the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, with a bag of pretzels and a giraffe life vest. Her mother, Marcie Savoie, said they came to take advantage of one of the last days of the season with a lifeguard. Mira will swim here, but not in their backyard pond in Colrain, Savoie said. “She thinks it’s safer because of the lifeguard. We have a pond out back, but she doesn’t want to go in it because there’s no one in a big chair to watch her,” Savoie said. Swimming might be about to end, but fall festivals, Halloween, and apples are ahead. 9-07-15 Recorder Article
Lovers’ lookout – Darren and Noel Labrecque of Greenfield enjoy the day on a shady bench in Rocky Mountain Park in Greenfield on Thursday. 8-22-15 Recorder Photo
Cool heads prevail – Joon French of Greenfield cools off with at the Hillside Park Splashpad in Greenfield on Wednesday where he was with his son. 8-21-15 Recorder Photo
Flower Shower – Milo Moss, 3 ½, plays in the water at the Hillside Park Splashpad on Wednesday while his father, Joseph, of Greenfield, takes a picture. 8-20-15 Recorder Photo
Out To Dry – Competitors in the 32nd annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon exit the Green River after completing the swimming leg of the event at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road Sunday. See the story Bensen, Cameron give Triathlon local champs in Sports. 8-03-15 Recorder Article
Franklin County keeps its cool – The dog days of summer finally arrived in Franklin County this week, so locals took to the beach and cooled off with seasonal favorites. “It’s been hot,” said Virginia Christi of Colrain, who spent her entire Wednesday at Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road in Greenfield with four of her five children as temperatures topped 90 and humidity hit 45 percent. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, the high is supposed to be around 89 degrees today and drop to 85 degrees on Friday, remaining there through the weekend. It is also expected to be less humid. “I guess we can’t call this a heat wave, because it hasn’t been hot and humid for enough days, but it’s pretty hot out there,” said Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore. A heat wave is considered a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather, typically lasting two or more days, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Moore said about 200 people visited the municipal swimming pool on Wednesday. The pool is open daily. 7-30-15 Recorder Article
Community is served: Greenfield meals for kids program cooking again this summer – Children attending the summer camp at the Green River Swimming and Recreation area on Nashs Mill Road in Greenfield eat the free lunches provided by Starr Hurd, an employee of the Summer Food Service program and a Greenfield High School kitchen staff member during the school year. School’s out but there’s still food, free, for youth who want it. The Greenfield Public School food department serves lunch and in most cases breakfast at eight open locations in town, including three schools, the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, the YMCA and three housing developments. The program is open to anyone under the age of 18. “It’s not a program designed just to cater to low-income folks ... its really for any child under the age of 18, you don’t even have to be a Greenfield resident. If your cousin is visiting from Nebraska and they’re under 18, they can have a free meal,” said Greenfield Public Schools Food Service Director Madison Walker. Walker said the program served 2,609 lunches last week at 13 locations — the eight open locations and five closed — an average of 520 a day, and 340 to 350 breakfasts a day. 7-22-15 Recorder Article
Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years – Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt field and watched — a little away from the more-crowded Beacon Field and the field behind the middle school, though there had to be at least 500 people at Lunt. From the time the first shell rose into the clear night sky above Poet’s Seat Tower to the last of what can only be described as a spectacular finale, there was no time for boredom. For a half-hour, the sky was lit up with the most brilliant colors, and all types of different fireworks. 7-07-15 Neighbors Recorder Article
Greenfield officials, crowd pleased with fireworks display – There wasn’t a bad seat from Beacon to Lunt fields as the sky above Poet’s Seat Tower lit up with colorful fireworks late Sunday night. “I had goose bumps,” said Greenfield Recreation Department Director Christy Moore. “I was particularly blown away by the finale. The entire show was impressive.” Spectators who had gathered at Beacon Field, on the field behind the middle school and on the three Lunt ballfields screamed, hooted, hollered and applauded when the last of the finale’s shells disappeared in the night sky. The town got what it hoped for this year as Atlas Pyrovision Productions Inc. of Jaffrey, N.H., made good on its promise. “There was a new shooter and we had explained what we wanted,” said Moore. “Atlas really impressed us. We got what we asked for.” 7-07-15 Recorder Article
‘That was insane’ – Some were expecting a bigger bang than in years past, others were surprised to hear past shows weren’t what they were supposed to be. But everyone wanted to see fireworks Sunday in Greenfield. “It’s supposed to be the best ever, we’ll see,” said 42-year Beacon Street resident Carla Bernier before the show, waiting for the fireworks on her front steps with friends and family gathered in the yard. The town last year learned it had not been getting the show it paid for between 2011 and 2014. In fact, the display was short-changed to the tune of half in 2014. Sunday’s show was the first Independence Day display since the town and Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group settled their dispute out of court and town officials and the company promised a big show at a discount. Brothers Don and Ed Creek faced Poet’s Seat Tower off to the left of the field Sunday evening. The two said they have watched fireworks displays for untold years, always from the same spot. The brothers are Greenfield natives, Ed Creek visiting from Chicopee, and both were aware of the story around this year’s show. 7-06-15 Recorder Article
Greenfield sets Independence Day Celebration for Sunday – The town is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July Celebration on Beacon Field, and this year town officials say it’s going to be the best yet. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Beacon Field and will end with a fireworks display beginning at 9:35 p.m. Recreation Department Director Christy Moore said there will be all types of vendors and entertainment throughout the day and evening. She said Atlas PyroVision Productions Inc. of Jaffrey, N.H. will provide the fireworks display and has promised to give a “fantastic” show. “The one during the Winter Carnival was great and this one is going to be longer and even better,” said Moore. She said the town did not collect donations for the event this year, as it has done each year in the past. That is because the town came to an agreement with Atlas this year, after learning last year that Greenfield had been short-changed by the company for several years. Moore said the town is paying $4,500 for 1,338 shells this year. Last year, the company shot about half of that, with 672 shells, though the town was supposed to get more than 1,300. Mayor William Martin said he expects the fireworks will be spectacular this year. 7-02-15 Recorder Article
Bigger bang: Fireworks display expected to be longer and better this year – The town is about to get “the best” fireworks display it has ever seen, according to the mayor and the town’s recreation director. Mayor William Martin said the New Hampshire company that short-changed Greenfield for the past three or four years has come to an agreement with the town and promised a “most spectacular show” on Sunday on Beacon Field below Poet’s Seat Tower. Atlas PyroVision Productions Inc. Vice President Matt Shea the fireworks display will be comparable to the town’s Winter Carnival display this past February, but will be much bigger and more exciting. “The Winter Carnival show lasted about 12 minutes,” said Shea. “When it’s cold like that you get in and out and give the most excitement you can give in a short time.” Shea said Atlas, which is located in Jaffrey, will use the typical patriotic red, white and blue shells this year, but will also add lots of new color and different types of willows and waterfall fireworks, while providing a really strong variety of fireworks. “When the display is over and people are done watching, they’ll be able to say they saw every type of effect they could,” said Shea. “We’re going to have a great finale.” Shea said typically the technicians put the show together, but this year he himself designed it. 7-01-15 Recorder Article
Greenfield buys stage for events, rentals – Two years ago, when Greenfield officials discussed ways to make the town’s parks safer, especially Hillside Park, which was having problems with illegal activities, someone suggested that Greenfield have more events in them, like concerts and with that suggestion came another — the town should buy a stage. The $105,406 mobile stage from Century Industries in Indiana will be used on Sunday during the town’s Independence Day Celebration. Recreation Department Director Christy Moore said most of the money for the stage came out of this year’s capital budget, and the rest came from Friends of the Recreation Department and the department’s yearly operating budget. 7-01-15 Recorder Article
Movie night – Hats off to Christy Moore and her Rec Department staff for the wonderful Friday evening we had watching an outdoor movie at the Town Pool. This was the first event held using the new portable stage, which was an awesome purchase for the town, that made the event look and feel like a professional production. The movie was a family-oriented “feel good” story and sitting under bright stars and moon made it feel even better! The sound was excellent and so was the free popcorn. There weren’t many of us that night, but if the Rec Deaprtment can keep this event going, I suspect we will have to get there early to get a good seat before too long. 7-01-15 Readers Write Recorder Article
Dance break – Kestral Osman, of Ashfield and Anja Alden of Brattleboro, Vt., both of the IBIT dance company of Brattleboro, perform a dance number at Greenfield’s Energy Park Tuesday. Osman and Anja will be performing at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival which takes place in Brattleboro July 16 through 19. 6-24-15 Recorder Photo
Drenched – Brendan Austin of Greenfield gets trounced by a bucket of cold water at the Hillside Park splash pad in Greenfield on a warm Friday afternoon. 6-20-15 Recorder Photo
A great place to play – Greenfield named ‘Playful City’ four years running – With hopscotch sidewalks, structured recess programs, lots of parks, a splash pad, townwide play days and dozens of recreation programs, why wouldn’t Greenfield be chosen as a “playful city” for the fourth year in a row? Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore said that Greenfield was once again chosen as a Playful City USA, which is a national recognition. Over the past few years, the town has found itself eligible for a number of construction grants, which have helped it pay for the renovations of some of its playgrounds, because of the designation. “We don’t get money with the designation, but it allows us to apply for competitive grants, some of which we’ve received,” said Moore. She said so far the town has received $40,000 in grants because of its designation – $20,000 for the construction of the Academy of Early Learning playground and $20,000 for the Federal Street School playground. “I am grateful to be part of a community that values the importance of play,” said Moore. “I look forward to continuing to create play opportunities for people of all ages.” 6-20-15 Recorder Article
All ‘set’ for summer fun – Students from the Eighth Grade Academy in Greenfield hone their volleyball skills during a field day at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. 6-18-15 Recorder Photo
‘It dumps, like, a gallon of water!’ – Perfect weather graces opening of Greenfield water playground – Children of all ages cooled off on a steamy Friday afternoon as temperatures climbed into the upper 80s, leaping through streams of water shooting up from the ground and shrieking with excitement as buckets above their heads repeatedly filled with and dumped water. Music and laughter could be heard down the block as the kids, along with their parents, celebrated the grand opening of the new Hillside Park splash pad Friday afternoon. The ceremony coincided with the Hillside Block Party and featured a bounce house, free hot dogs and games. “We’re gonna get wet, we’re gonna have fun and enjoy our new splash pad,” Recreation Director Christy Moore announced to the crowd of several hundred as she, along with Mayor William Martin, pushed the button to activate the water park for the first time publicly. 6-13-15 Recorder Article
Cardboard conquerors – The Eighth Grade Academy of the Greenfield Public Schools raced their cardboard boats at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Friday. These two not only stayed afloat, they won the final heat. They also played games and had a picnic. 6-13-15 Recorder Photo
Editorial: Banners brighten downtown – The banners displaying the art of Greenfield’s school-age children are a terrific addition to the downtown area. And we like that the town held a contest asking the students to draw what they love about Greenfield. The results included subjects that are familiar to many, the Poet’s Seat Tower, as well as the unfamiliar, such as one child’s friends. Some 60 banners will be hanging from light poles along Main, Miles and Federal streets and Bank Row. “These banners are really going to brighten the downtown,” Christy Moore, recreation director, said in a Recorder story. We also think they tell people what young people think of when they think of Greenfield. Well done. 6-08-15 Recorder Article
Grab your towels – Lifeguards Shamus Sullivan and Ryan Baker patrol the picnic area for trash at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road in Greenfield on Friday. The pool opens for the season today June 6th. 6-06-15 Recorder Photo
Students’ artwork hangs from downtown lights in Greenfield for all to see – There’s one more reason to visit downtown Greenfield, according to the town’s recreation director and business association head. The art of seven Greenfield elementary school students will hang on downtown light poles until they need to be replaced some day, they said. Recreation Director Christy Moore and Greenfield Business Association Coordinator Caitlin von Schmidt said Greenfield Rejuvenators, a group the two belong to that formed a couple of years ago to make downtown more beautiful, recently held a contest, “What I Love About Greenfield.” It was open to all students in kindergarten through third grade. The light-pole banner design contest asked children to draw a picture of what they love most about Greenfield. 6-04-15 Recorder Article
Ready to make a splash – Water playground area at Hillside Park to debut June 12 – Children won’t have to wait much longer to cool off on a hot day, because the town will open its splash pad in Hillside Park on June 12. “We’re training on how to use the splash pad this week,” said Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director. “Then, we’ll be ready for the kids.” Moore said the Recreation Department will hold a grand opening on June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., which will coincide with its Hillside Park Block Party. “We’ll have music, games, a bounce house, food and more,” said Moore. “We want everyone to come and celebrate our park and our new splash pad.” Moore said the new 20-by-70-foot splash pad will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. She said it will run on a timer, so it will not work at other times of the day. “The water won’t run constantly,” said Moore. “It has hand and foot activators, so the water will spray when someone hits one of them.” Moore said water won’t pool on the pad, so there won’t be a lifeguard on duty at any time, but rules will be posted and small children should be accompanied by an adult. She said the town plans to place a portable toilet in Hillside Park this year, because it anticipates the park will be busier than it has been in the past due to the newest feature. 6-03-15 Recorder Article
Bike rodeo, no bull, set for Sunday – The Greenfield Public Schools are pushing bicycle safety Sunday, although they promise it will be fun, too. A bike rodeo, behind the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street, is intended to encourage bike riding for fun, health and green transportation, and to teach young riders habits to stay safe. Coordinators from the state Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program will set up a course on the blacktop behind the school, explain hand signals and supervise the ensuing riding. The event rolls in two sessions, 1 to 3 p.m. for kindergarten to fourthgrade students and less experienced riders, and 3 to 5 p.m. for grades 4 to 8 and more experienced riders. 6-01-15 Recorder Article
Ready to dive in?– Shane Stout and Rick Peterson of the Greenfield Department of Public Works reinstall the ladders to the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Tuesday getting ready for the opening weekend June 6. 5-20-15 Recorder Photo
Game of pickleball, anyone? Hidden park may become one of Greenfield’s most popular after $700K renovation – When renovations are completed on one of Greenfield’s parks next spring, the town’s recreation director said she believes the hidden park will become one of the town’s most popular. An almost $700,000 makeover is planned for Green River Park, which is accessible from Deerfield Street, and the town’s first dog park will be located there. Renovations will also include a new playground with updated equipment, new basketball and pickleball (a tennis-like game played with a Wiffle Ball and paddles) courts, new picnic pavilion and a bike path and walkway. Renovations are expected to begin in late fall and be completed in spring 2016. “We are really excited about the new recreational opportunities for our residents — those with two feet, and for our four-legged friends,” said Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore. 5-05-15 Recorder Article
A mother and daughter enjoy the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area this past summer. 4-09-15 Recorder Photo
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Councilors mull how to spend precinct money – While Town Council Vice President Karen “Rudy” Renaud said she hopes to spend the $10,000 the mayor gave Precinct 7 last fall on the dog park planned for Green River Park, other councilors said they’d like to put their precinct money back into the town’s budget. Mayor William Martin announced last October that he would be giving all nine precinct councilors, as well as the four at-large councilors, $10,000 each from “free cash” surplus for a total of $130,000. He said each councilor could do something for his or her precinct or could combine money with others for a project that would be for the greater good of the entire community. 3-10-15 Recorder Article
Pond preponderance – Greenfield eyeing Highland Park revival – If the town is going to revive Highland Park and its pond, returning it to the busy park it once was with skating, fishing and other recreational activities, it is going to take a lot of work that will have to be done in phases, according to the task force assigned to look into it. The task force, which has met twice since Mayor William Martin charged it with studying the needs of the park and its pond in the Parkway Street and Highland Avenue area, said the first phase can most likely be done quickly and with little expense. The first phase would include adding dog “poop” stations, more trash cans and signs throughout the park. It would also include maintenance of some of the trails and the path around the pond. The second phase would be much more expensive, though estimated costs have not yet been determined, according to the task force. That phase would include dredging the pond if that’s what the task force and town decide is feasible and desired and the town and state allow it. Mayor William Martin decided late last year that he wanted two tasks forces to review two “underutilized” areas in town. Highland Park and its pond is one of them and the other is Veterans Memorial Field on Silver Street, said Martin. “I would like to see both of them become recreational centers once again,” he said. The task force will take comments from the public over time to find out what residents want. It will also hear from abutters and other interested parties, said Martin. 2-27-15 Recorder Article
Slick learning curve – Andrew Allen of Petersham helps his 4-year-old daughter Anastasia learn to skate at Beacon Field on a frigid day. 2-25-15 Recorder Photo
Bundled up – Kamren Richardson and her friend Hazel Andrade, both 8, take a break from sledding at Beacon Field on Thursday, where they were with the Greenfield Recreation Department Winter Vacation Camp. 2-25-15 Recorder Photo
Hitting the ice – Greenfield Brothers Tony Velez, 17, and Matteo Velez, 15, play a little pond hockey, using their boots for goal posts, on the skating rink set up at Beacon Field. Except for around the edges, the ice is very nice they reported. 2-24-15 Recorder Photo
Romp in the snow – Kamren Richardson and her friend Hazel Andrade, both 8, play with Dixie the dog at Beacon Field on Thursday where they were with the Greenfield Recreation Department Winter Vacation Camp. 2-21-15 Recorder Photo
On line at the bank – Jackson Day, 5, and his sister Lillian of Turners Falls take a breather on a nearby snowbank while skating at Beacon Field on Monday. Their father Destin Day (not shown) created the snowbank while clearing the rink of snow for them and other skaters. 2-18-15 Recorder Photo
Low temp, high speed – Odongo Makokha, 11, of Greenfield spends a snow day sledding at Beacon Field. 2-18-15 Recorder Photo
Cold but happy – Nicki Shipman of Greenfield takes her dog “Hyper” Piper, a 1-year-old yellow lab, out for a sprint at Beacon Field on Monday. 2-17-15 Recorder Photo
Frozen Fun – GCTV Cable Access TV for Greenfield – More video from Sunday's Greenfield Winter Carnival events at Beacon Field. Thanks GCTV for the great coverage of Winter Carnival 2015!! 2-10-15 GCTV >>
Conditions A-OK for Winter Carnival – Photos by Micky Bedell – Photos include: Everett Connelley, 6, and Katie Paul, 13, usher 9-year-old boxer Finnigan through the third annual K-9 Keg Pull at Beacon Field on Sunday during the Greenfield Winter Carnival. Eileen Naughton of Greenfield helps her daughter Maya Tzoc, 2, toast marshmallows over a bonfire at Beacon Field on Sunday during the Greenfield Winter Carnival. Minions from the movie “Despicable Me” sit at the opening of the Greenfield Winter Carnival Arendelle Snowman Village on Sunday. Jacob Markwell, 3, of Greenfield crawls out of an igloo at the Arendelle Snowman Village at Beacon Field. Josianna Martini of Greenfield pulls her son Theodore, 4, through Beacon Field on an antique sled Sunday. A Greenfield Recreation Department volunteer serves up chili samples on Sunday for participants to judge the Chili Cook-Off. Greenfield Winter Carnival broomball players as seen through a net on the Beacon Field outdoor skating rink Sunday. The “conductor” of a cardboard train sled pulls her group toward the finish line at Beacon Field on Sunday during the Greenfield Winter Carnival Cardboard Sled Race. 2-09-15 Recorder Photos
Movies fuel cardboard sleds – Greenfield Winter Carnival contest fun for all – Three days of winter festivities culminated Sunday with flying snow and collapsing cardboard in the perennially popular cardboard sled race as young pilots put their home-made, and generally parent-engineered, sleds to the test. Organized by the Greenfield Recreation Department, the 93rd annual Winter Carnival began Friday with ice carving, fireworks and an illuminated parade and included basketball games, a road race, hockey, ice skating and sleigh rides. Sunday afternoon, children shot down every slope in Beacon Field on plastic sleds until organizers cleared the main hill and marshaled the children and their parents for the cardboard competition and a procession of rickety, collapsing sleds took off one-by-one with laughing pilots. 2-09-15 Recorder Article
Cardboard Sled Race 2015 – GCTV Cable Access TV for Greenfield – Catch all the fun of yesterday's creativity and mayhem! 2-08-15 GCTV >>
Greenfield’s Winter Carnival 2015 – Photos by Paul Franz – Kickoff lives up to "Frozen" theme. Photos include: Mike Legassey of Athol carves Heat Miser and Snow Miser characters out of ice for the Winter Carnival Friday night. Greenfield residents Chloe Schriver and Jasper Tobey, both 15, skate on the ice at Beacon Field Friday night. Carnival-goers roast marshmallows around the bonfire at Beacon Field on Friday night. Fireworks light up Poet’s Seat Tower as seen from Beacon Field. Kids play on the piles of snow at Beacon Field waiting for the fireworks. 2-07-15 Recorder Photos
Winter Carnival 2015 Parade Of Lights – GCTV Cable Access TV for Greenfield – A new tradition began this year with the Greenfield Winter Carnival Parade of Lights. 2-06-15 GCTV >>
Cool! – GCTV Cable Access TV for Greenfield – Meet the carvers who kicked off this year's Greenfield Winter Carnival by creating their very best Frozen inspired ice sculptures. 2-06-15 GCTV >>
Cold As Ice – GCTV Cable Access TV for Greenfield – Time-lapse video of John Passiglia's Ice Carving in front of the GCTV studio. 2-06-15 GCTV >>
Parade, fireworks kick off festivities – A parade of illuminated vehicles makes its way down Main Street en route to Beacon Field on Friday night, kicking off the Winter Carnival – With temperatures in the teens, this year’s winter carnival lived up to its name, “Frozen Over.” The blustery cold didn’t stop people from coming out to watch the carnival’s first Parade of Lights. Throngs stood on street corners to watch fire trucks, buses, police cruisers and float-towing pickups pass by decked out in Christmas lights. “I want to see the fireworks,” said Kylie Dennett, 6. “The ice sculptures are nice, too.” Many of the ice sculptures featured characters and scenes from the popular children’s movie “Frozen.” 2-07-15 Recorder Article
Bea the dog is ready for Greenfield’s Winter Carnival ... are you? – Story by Kathleen McKiernan – On Sunday, Bea, a four-year-old German shorthaired pointer, and her owner, Nate Bernard, will head to Beacon Field in Greenfield, where they will meet dozens of other dogs and owners waiting expectantly for the third annual K-9 Keg Pull during Greenfield’s 93rd annual Winter Carnival. At around 1 p.m., Bea will get strapped into a harness that’s tethered to a “half-size,” empty beer keg. Then, she will race the length of Beacon Field’s outdoor ice skating rink and toward the finish line, where Bernard will be waiting for her. “Her focus is to run to me at the finish line. She has separation anxiety. That’s what her advantage is,” said Bernard, who lives in Turners Falls. Bea is the reigning champion with the fastest overall time last year and will be racing to defend her two-time, first-place title in her size class. While some pups need motivation like treats, others, like Bea, are natural athletes. She doesn’t train for the race since she is already fit from running alongside Bernard when he mountain bikes and hikes. “We don’t take it too seriously,” said Bernard. “It’s a great idea to donate and see Bea have fun.” 2-05-15 Recorder – Arts and Entertainment
Winter Carnival promises fun for all – If you’re craving chili, cookies or Breakfast with Olaf, have an urge to play in the snow, or simply want to get out and catch up with neighbors you haven’t seen all winter, head to the town’s Winter Carnival this weekend. The theme for Greenfield’s 93rd annual Winter Carnival is “FROZEN Over” for Disney’s hit movie, “Frozen.” The carnival will kick off with its first-ever Parade of Lights – vehicles decorated with lights – Friday at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at Newton School on the Mohawk Trail and travel along Main and Federal streets as it makes its way to Beacon Field. There, participants will be judged and prizes awarded in multiple categories. 2-05-15 Recorder Article
PHOTOS FOR THE FROZEN 2015 – Sponsored by The Recorder & Wilson’s Department Store – This Amateur Photo Contest is held annually in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival, which is Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 this year. There is no charge to enter the contest, but the photographers must be amateurs and the images should depict winter in Franklin County. Three judges from The Recorder picked this year’s winners. All the photographs entered, totaling around 180, will be on display at Wilson’s Department Store, 258 Main St., Greenfield, starting Thursday, Feb. 5, and will remain up through Feb. 18 during regular store hours. This year, there was a notable absence of images with people in them, so it’s likely there will be more categories next year to encourage more diversity. The contest organizers want to apologize to people who had difficulty getting their photographs entered on the last day of the contest’s deadline because it fell on a Saturday. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.
First place, color, Doni Beauregard of Colrain.
First place, black and white, Vicky Griswold of Shelburne Falls.
Second place, black and white, Myck LeMay of Greenfield.
Second place, color, Donna Billings of Charlemont.
Third place, color, Glenn Woods of South Deerfield.
Third place, black and white, Myck LeMay of Greenfield.
Honorable mention, color, Richard Rockstroh of Colrain.
Honorable mention, black and white, Vicky Griswold of Shelburne Falls.
1-31-15 Recorder Article
Dealing with the storm – Izzy Drost of Greenfield hurls down Beacon Field sledding hill backwards in the fresh powder. 1-28-15 Recorder Photo
No swimming – A snowy lifeguard tower stands watch over an icy Green River at the Greenfield recreation and swimming area in Greenfield on Wednesday. 1-24-15 Recorder Photo
The Greenfield Winter Carnival has “Frozen” over – For its 93rd year, the Greenfield festival that runs Feb. 6 to 8 will follow the theme of “Frozen,” the popular 2013 Disney movie. Throughout the weekend, there will be numerous chances to meet with the “Frozen” characters, ice skate to the movie soundtrack, run a 4-mile race named after Sven, the reindeer, or sit with a bowl of popcorn and watch the children’s film. On that Saturday at the Greenfield Youth Center, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., characters from the film, Anna and Elsa, along with mountaineer Kristoff, will drop by to meet with Greenfield families. Olaf, the snowman, also plans to head to the 99 Restaurant for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Family and friends can join the friendly snowman for $6 per person and $4 for children 10 and under. The Collins/Moylan Arena is hosting a “Frozen” Friday DJ public skate from 8:30 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. where ice skaters can bring glow sticks and skate to their favorite songs. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the Greenfield Youth Center will show the movie with popcorn, pizza and drinks available for purchase. The Greenfield tradition since 1922 is also adding a new parade of lights in which illuminated vehicles will travel from Newton School to Beacon Field with bright displays. 1-22-14 Recorder Article
Use what you’ve got – No sled? No problem. Lindsey McCloud of Greenfield helps her daughter Sara, 5, prepare to slid down a hill on a make-shift cardboard sled at Beacon Field Saturday afternoon. 1-21-15 Recorder Photo
All downhill – Johnny Mcintyre, 4, of Greenfield speeds down a hill in Beacon Field while out sledding with his mother and sister. 1-14-15 Recorder Photo
Wise work – Greenfield Middle School fifth-grade students Samantha Murray and Amanda Buffun work on their owl sculptures that will be displayed at the Greenfield Winter Carnival coming up Feb. 6 to 8. 1-14-15 Recorder Photo
2014Green River Park now a park in perpetuity – Green River Park on Petty Plain Road will forever be exactly what it is now — a park, a playground and a recreation area. Town Council has voted to dedicate the land permanently as a park and that decision comes just as the town prepares to do a $690,000 renovation on the park. The town will spend $50,000, while $240,000 will come from an anonymous dog park foundation and $400,000 will come from parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grants. 12-27-14 Recorder Article
Town takes next step in Green River Park renovations – The town will use $240,000 from an anonymous dog park foundation, as well as $400,000 from Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grants, and the $50,000 from the town to pay for the project. The PARC grant is a program of the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The town is also going to improve drainage in the park, build pedestrian pathways and install benches and fencing, which will all be included in the cost. The town has already renovated several of its parks, including Beacon Field on Beacon Street, Greenfield Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road and Hillside Park on Grove Street, and because of that has been designated a Playful City USA three years in a row. 12-18-14 Recorder Article
Green River Park work to begin next year – Town will build dog park there – It’s going to cost $690,000 for the town to make improvements to Green River Park off Deerfield Street and build a dog park there. The improvements will include the dog park, a new playground and pavilion and new basketball and pickleball courts, as well as accessibility updates. The town expects to receive $240,000 from an anonymous dog park foundation, and Greenfield will match that grant with a $50,000 appropriation. Mayor William Martin said the remainder, $400,000, will come from Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grants, a program offered through the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 12-17-14 Recorder Article
An ice rink being installed at Beacon Field on Thursday morning that will be filled by the Fire Department between calls. A second, smaller rink is to be erected at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area. The second rink was moved from Hillside Park due to the impending construction of a splash pad water feature. 11-21-14 Recorder
Splash pad work to begin next week – They may not need it now, but residents can expect a summer cooldown to be available by the end of this year. Construction on a new splash pad at Hillside Park is set to begin next week with site preparations occurring today. Construction of the $250,000 project will be completed by the end of the year with a grand opening expected for late spring. 11-11-14 Recorder Article
Ghostly beauty – Rag Shag trick or treating in Greenfield on Halloween. 11-03-14 Recorder Photo
Greenfield awards best Halloween costumes – Greenfield Halloween costume contest winners: To see photos of the winners provided by GCTV > >
Best homemade costume:
1st: Corin and Luke Wiznewski, of Greenfield, as peas in a pod.
2nd: Brianna Snyder, of Greenfield, as a pumpkinhead.
1st: Abigail Heathwaite, of Greenfield, as an Oscar award.
2nd: Tri Nguyen, of Greenfield, as an “Avatar” character.
1st: Alexander Gorts, of Greenfield, as “zipper face.”
2nd: Ashley Kilburn, of Bernardston, as a beheaded person.
Best cartoon character:
1st: Spencer Towne, of Erving, as the grandpa from the movie “Up.”
2nd: Kayley Jackman and Felicia Kapise, of Greenfield, as Raggedy Ann and Andy.
1st: Chris Richardson, of Greenfield, as “The Raven.”
2nd: Julia Ellingboe, of Greenfield, as a fairy queen.
Best group or family:
1st: The Gilmores, of Greenfield, as penguins.
2nd: The Beauregards, of Greenfield, as “Lego Movie” characters. 11-01-14 Recorder Article
Valley Gives Day – The Friends of Greenfield Recreation will be participating in Valley Gives Day on December 10, 2014 - a 24 hour e-philanthropy event for the Pioneer Valley. Please support the Friends of Greenfield Recreation, or one of their many fundraising campaigns for the Paws Park, Skate Park, Rejuvenators, and the Energy Park! The Friends of Greenfield Recreation are able to help financially support all of the great programs and events run by the Recreation Department thanks to community donors like you. Together, we can do more. More programs, more park upgrades, more exciting events, and more of making Greenfield a great place to call home. We create community through people, parks, and programs.
Green River Park to get face lift . . . and dog park – The town has received a $400,000 state PARC grant to renovate Green River Park. Renovations will include a new playground, new pavilion, a basketball court, a pickleball (a tennis-like game played with a Wiffle Ball and paddles) court and the town’s first dog park. “Greenfield is thrilled to receive this grant in support of our continued effort of park improvements throughout the town,” said Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director. “Pickle ball fanatics and dog park enthusiasts will have something exciting to look forward to." 10-29-14 Recorder Article
October 31 - Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday – Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 p.m. on Friday and they will continue until after 7. You’ll start out by pick-ing up a free trick-or-treat reflective bag filled with dental products and goodies, all donated by local dentists, on the Town Common. While you’re there, check out Andrew Easton’s pumpkin-carving display. From 4 to 5:30 businesses will hand out treats and everyone will have a chance to walk up and down Main Street and show off their costumes. 10-28-14 Recorder Article
Grant comes through for Unity Skate Park, Greenfield dog park, Northfield recreation – We are ecstatic to announce that Greenfield has received a $400,000 PARC Grant for the renovation of Green River Park to include a new playground, pavilion, basketball court, pickle ball courts, parking lot improvements, and the very first Paws Park of Greenfield! Wooohooo! Congratulations to all of the Western Massachusetts PARC Grant recipients! Greenfield applied for a grant to pay for improvements to Green River Park on Petty Plain Road, changes to include an enclosed dog park as well as the construction of a pavilion, improved drainage to the parking lot, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, a new playground, and basketball courts. Officials hoped for up to $400,000, and that is the sum awarded. 10-28-14 Recorder Article
Greenfield youth makes Eagle Scout cleaning up Energy Park – Eighteen-year-old Daniel Burgos will reach another milestone in his life on Sunday — one he’s been working toward for 11 years. Burgos, who actually became an Eagle Scout on July 7, will be officially recognized by his peers, family and friends at Camp Apex on the Mohawk Trail on Sunday. All Eagle Scouts have to complete a project that they facilitate, lead and present a report on. Burgos chose to clean up the Greenfield Energy Park at the end of Miles Street. The young man who graduated from Greenfield High School in the spring and plans to go into the U.S. Air Force, started in Cub Scouts years ago as a Tiger Cub and worked his way through the ranks. He said that according to Boy Scouts of America rules, he had to make Eagle Scout before he was 18. 9-13-14 Recorder Article
Gov. Patrick rolls into Greenfield on train to announce track buy – Service expected to begin Dec. 29 – Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield Wednesday aboard a passenger train to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 miles of track between the Connecticut and Vermont borders, once again carrying passenger trains through Greenfield, which was once a hub of freight and passenger train service. “Every place a train has ever stopped, it’s been good for the local economy,” Patrick said. “When we invest in ourselves and in our future, we build a stronger and a more promising, more inclusive future,” he told a group of reporters and local and state officials at the Energy Park, built on the site of Greenfield’s last passenger rail station. 8-21-14 Recorder Article
Slide Show - Rebecca Kern of Greenfield takes her daughter Cora, 1¾, down a slide on the new Federal Street School playground while her husband, Will, cheers them on. 7-31-14 Recorder Photo
Greenfield splash park set to open next year - It looks like children will have to wait until next spring or summer before they have a splash park to cool off in. Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said after a few delays, the town is ready to put the Hillside Park project out to bid, which means it won’t be ready this summer. Moore said there were discussions about the type of system the town was going to use. Originally, it planned to install a recirculated water system, but has decided to tap into the town’s system instead. She said that means the system will use fresh water in the park, which will drain into the sewer system and go to the wastewater treatment plant. “It was going to cost too much for upkeep of the recirculated system,” said Moore. “The town would have had to pay for chemicals and would have had to have a certified pool operator take care of it.” Moore said the splash park, which originally had only ground sprays, will also have overhead sprays, because the town will pay for the more elaborate park with the money it saves by eliminating the water recirculation system. 7-30-14 Recorder Article
It's a Bird, It's a Plane . . . - Emilia Rodriquez, 7, of Greenfield leaps from one of the new Federal Street School playground installations yelling “Superman!” on Monday evening. 7-24-14 Recorder Photo
Beacon Field fireworks worth traveling for - Area man returns from Oklahoma for show - For Cole Wickman, the annual fireworks display in Greenfield is one that is simply not to be missed and he was dead-set on making it to this year’s show — even if it meant traveling 1,600 miles from his home in Yukon, Okla. to do it. Wickman, who grew up in Franklin County, was even more determined to get the best spot possible on Beacon Field: just to the right of second base and directly in front of Poet’s Seat Tower, where the fireworks would be launched. The feat required Wickman and his family to stake out the spot and set up long before anyone else: He’d been there since 11:30 in the morning. 7-07-14 Recorder Article More photos from the Recorder
Playful ground - Volunteers helped install a new playground at the Federal Street School in Greenfield, made possible by a $20,000 grant the town recently received for being named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row. 7-05-14 Recorder Photo
Greenfield swimming pool closed until Sunday as town cleans up after storm - It looks like the town’s swimming pool will be closed until Sunday. “We’re working diligently to clean up after the heavy rains that hit on Wednesday night,” said Public Works Director Arthur Baker. “A lot of debris got washed down the river and created blockages.” Baker said the Green River overflowed after absorbing 3.51 inches of rain on Wednesday night and covered the swimming area’s concession stand floor with 6 inches of water and lots of silt. He said the stand, playground and other areas were not damaged. “We’re removing the silt and will have to replace the sand that was washed away from the beach,” he said.Baker said the town will end up paying some overtime to public works employees, but it won’t be anywhere near as devastating as it was when Tropical Storm Irene hit in 2011. “We should have this all cleaned up by Saturday and be ready for a Sunday reopening,” said Baker. 6-27-14 Recorder Article
Green River Swimming and Recreation Area open for season - As summer officially begins today, the town is seeing more people heading to Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road. Recreation Department Director Christy Moore said the swimming pool is now open seven days a week. “Nothing has really changed this year,” said Moore. “Our rates are the same.” Moore said that, as usual, the town will have the Green River’s water tested each week to make sure there aren’t high levels of bacteria or parasites. The swimming area is one of the most widely used of Greenfield’s parks, according to the Recreation Department. There is a playground, basketball courts and a bike path there. There are bike racks, picnic tables, park benches, restrooms and showers, as well as The Snack Shack in the 22-acre park. Moore said people can rent the pavilion for special events like birthday parties. 6-21-14 Recorder Article
$20,000 grant allows update of Federal Street playground - The town will soon renovate another park with a $20,000 grant it recently received for being named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row. The designation, and the grant that comes with it, is a mark of recognition for efforts to improve parks and recreation locally. This time, it’s Federal Street School’s playground that will be rebuilt. 6-19-14 Recorder Article
Greenfield Rec. Dept. revamps website - The town’s Recreation Department has a new, improved, more user-friendly website at which people will be able to do everything from learn about programs and events to register for activities and camps to volunteer or learn about Greenfield’s parks and trails. “It’s up and running,” said recreation Director Christy Moore. “It’s a lot more clear and organized. We’re really excited. Moore said users will also be able to buy or renew season passes to the town’s swimming pool. “Different tabs will take people to different places, including events, our history and different programs”. 6-19-14 Recorder Article
Greenfield fireworks fund drive starts this week - The town will begin this week raising the money it needs for its Fourth of July celebration. Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, said there will be donation cans in local businesses, and volunteers will once again be on Main Street asking for donations. Moore said the Recreation Department needs to raise $18,000. “We always do it,” said Moore. “I’m hoping it’s the same this year.” 6-18-14 Recorder Article
Dog park and more slated for Green River Park
It looks like the town may finally get a dog park, and a few improvements to one of its parks in the process. Greenfield will apply for a state grant this month to pay for improvements to Green River Park on Petty Plain Road, which will include an enclosed dog park, as well as the construction of a pavilion, improved drainage to the parking lot, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, a new playground, and basketball and pickleball courts. According to Christy Moore, the town’s director of recreation, Greenfield could receive as much as $400,000 for the project. 6-03-14 Recorder Article
Council approves Greenfield splash park money - The town’s children should have a splash park to cool off in by late July or early August. This week, Town Council approved $50,000 the town needed to pledge to receive a $200,000 grant fromthe state. The money will come from the state’s Our Common Backyard Grant program after July 1, according to Christy Moore, the town’s recreation director, who plans to put the project out to bid. The program encourages towns and cities across the state to building new playgrounds and spray parks. 5-24-14 Recorder Article
Greenfield named ‘Playful City USA’ - The town has been named a “Playful City USA” for the third year in a row — a mark of recognition for efforts to improve parks and recreation locally. Moore said Greenfield is committed to enhancing play spaces. Most recently, the town decided it will build a splash park inside Hillside Park, one of its more recently renovated parks. Greenfield also plans to replace the play structure at Federal Street School. 5-16-14 Recorder Article
Splash park! Greenfield secures $200,000 grant, needs $50,000 from town to install water playground at Hillside Park!
Spring is finally here, and the Greenthumbers are inviting everyone to help get the Greenfield Energy Park ready for summer concerts and events. The Greenthumbers volunteer group is offering two spring-cleaning opportunities: Sunday April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. and May 10, between 9 a.m. and noon. No prior gardening experience needed.
Hot spot: The playground on Beacon Field in Greenfield on Wednesday was a popular spot for families to enjoy the warm spring weather and sunshine. 4-09-14 Recorder/Micky Bedell
Our 2014 Spring & Summer Programs schedule is all set. 2014 Spring & Summer Programs Brochure
Come join us for Greenfield's Annual Winter Carnival 92nd Celebration January 31st - February 2nd, 2014. Brochure Flyer
Thanks GCTV for helping get the word out for Greenfield Winter Carnival 2014! Video >>
Our 2013-2014 Winter Programs schedule is all set. Winter Programs Flyer
2013A big thank you to the Greenfield Business Association for their Summer Sidewalk Sales donation to the Recreation Department! We appreciate your support and collaboration for downtown events!
The Greenfield Recreation Department is extremely excited to announce that we have received a $20,000 Let's Play Construction Grant from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and National Non-Profit KaBOOM for a second year in a row! We were eligible for this grant thanks to our designation as a Playful City USA Community. We were one in only 25 communities across the country to receive this grant! Last year, this grant was used to replace the playground at the Academy of Early Learning. This year's grant will be used towards the replacement of the Federal Street School Playground! We look forward to building and revitalizing another playground for the residents of Greenfield. Greenfield truly is a Playful City USA! 9-12-13 Recorder Article