Much-needed improvements made possible by a $750,000 state grant have included the addition of a water spray park, new playground equipment to supplement pieces installed in recent years, and an additional new play area. New green space has been opened up around the spray park and playground areas and new, a centrally located restroom and storage building has been built in this area. Landscaping completed in the spring of 2015 have helped to make this the park’s family-friendly core.
To create the new open lawn, the Master Plan called for the removal of old and unused buildings near Route 33 to develop a new section of the park for a new basketball court and a skate park area. Both are located adjacent to an additional new parking area near a new north entrance. The original access road at the south entrance has been reconfigured and leads to the main lot near the playground and spray park area.
Some repairs have been made to the two existing pavilions and small stage near the brook; a future new, third pavilion and stage is envisioned at the end of the central open lawn once additional funding is available.
Improvements to infrastructure have been a major part of the Master Plan. These include installation of underground electric services, replacement of existing foot and vehicle bridges over the brook, and running a new water main for the spray park.
Through the efforts of the town, the community, project sponsors, and the Friends of Buttery Brook Park, many changes have come to our park over the past year. There is still more to do, though, as not every improvement envisioned in the Master Plan can be covered by the grant. This substantial funding makes key infrastructure upgrades and core improvements possible, but additional funds are still needed to bring this project to full fruition.
In order to complete the vision for this exciting project, we are still seeking private donations. These funds are needed to support completion of projects such as fitness trail equipment stations, new trees and landscaping, more benches, additional signage, and the longer range vision for a new pavilion.
We thank all of those who have supported the park improvement project to date. Your kind donations have been immeasurably important we will continue to reach out to the community to make these dreams a reality.
Creating memories, one family at a time
For information about park rentals, please contact the South Hadley Department of Public Works at 413.538.5033. Pricing and additional details about spray park operation are available on our Facilities page.