Parks & Facilities

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Parks and Playgrounds Permit for Outdoor Areas-Revised 2017
City parks, playgrounds, and cemeteries may be reserved for events. In order to make a reservation, please read and fill out the Permit-Use of Area form form and drop off or mail to the department.

If you would like to use the larger parks such as Park Square, Park Square Pavilion, Half Mile Falls, Women's Temperance Park, 911 Gateway Memorial Park, then you will need to complete a permit and attend a commission meeting for approval. Call the office to be placed on the Agenda at 572-6263. We have a once a month Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.

Please keep in mind once approved, by the Commission, the Police Department receives a copy of the permit and you may have to pay a police officer (s) for your event for safety and traffic reasons. The Police department will contact Permittee on the permit.

For smaller parks, playgrounds and cemeteries, permit needs to be completed in order to reserve event (s).

Permittee's responsibility-listed on form when you sign the original copy.

By signing the permit below, you, the Permittee, agree to comply with the Guidelines for Use on the back of this form. You agree
to assume direct responsibility for acts of vandalism or damage to the area, facility or existing equipment during the time an area
is made available for use. You agree to clean up of all rubbish or debris caused by your use of the area. You also agree to be
liable for all damage or injury to property or persons that may occur or be caused by the use of the permit, and agree to save the
City of Westfield and the Department harmless from any claim whatsoever which may result from such use.
Completed forms may be dropped off during office hours or mailed to:

City of Westfield Parks and Recreation Department
4 Holcomb Street
Westfield, MA 01085

Permit Guidelines for Use of Parks and Playgrounds and City Ordinances

Westfield organizations, associations, sport organizations or individuals are eligible if they:
1. Provide services which include Westfield residents.
2. Can demonstrate benefits to the citizens of Westfield.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Those who wish to reserve an area under the jurisdiction or management of the Department must obtain and complete an application. If an individual is applying for a permit on behalf of a group or athletic league, he or she must so designate on the application. Only one individual may apply for a permit per group or athletic league.
  2. The permittee must confine activities to the locations and times specified on the permit.
  3. The permittee shall remain subject to the Rules of the Department, the specific terms of the permit, and to all rules, regulations and laws of all City, State and Federal departments insofar as applicable.
  4. The permittee must clean and restore the premises after each session
  5. Pamphlets, handbills, signs or advertising material of any kind may not be posted, placed, or distributed on premises, unless the department grants written permission.
  6. The permittee is liable for all damage or injury to property or persons that may occur or be caused by the use of the permit, and by accepting the permit the permittee agrees to save the City of Westfield and the Department harmless from any claim whatsoever which may result from such use.
  7. The permit is not transferable.
  8. The maximum reserved time is five months.
  9. The following are not permitted on any park or playground property:
  • No fires or grills
  • No admission may be charged
  • No person shall possess, drink, or consume any alcoholic beverage or any malt beverage upon any school, park or playground property of the city.
  • No possession or ignition of fireworks, rockets, or sparklers
  • No tents or stakes driven into playing areas without permission
  • No fake flower petals, rice or other items may be thrown in or around fountains, rivers or other water bodies and must be picked up from all other areas.
  • No motor vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, go-carts, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, ATV’s or similar items shall be used in public parks.
  • No person shall play or practice golf in a public park.
  • No excessively loud music.
  • No smoking is allowed in city parks or playgrounds per the Free Clean Air Act ordinance.The ordinance gives
non- criminal enforcement authority to the Westfield Police Department and Health department. Violations are subject to fines. 10. The department reserves the right to prohibit use if areas are deteriorating because of overuse. 11. All domestic animals must be on a leash (not exceeding six (6) feet in length) and controlled by the owner at all times. Owners shall remove all animal fecal discharges from the park property immediately.
12. Refreshment stands or concessions will be operated only with the approval of the Health Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.
13. All persons in charge of a group using the areas will be responsible for the conduct of all participants, spectators and others connected with the activity, including visiting teams and opponents.
14 All groups are responsible for policing the area used and the placing of litter in receptacles.
15. Persons shall comply with all lawfully posted signs.
16. There will be no construction, modification, physical changes to any field or facility unless specific permission is received from the Parks and Recreation Commission.

17. Park/Playground hours are dawn to dusk. Unless area is lighted for night play than hours are until 10:45 p.m.

Parks and Playgrounds

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New parks added:

911 Memorial Park (Gateway Entrance)

This park is dedicated to Westfield natives Tara Shea-Creamer who was aboard the American Airlines Flight 11, the first of two planes to crash into the twin towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, while Brian Murphy and Daniel Trant were at work and killed in the World Trade Center. A dedication was held in their honor on September 11, 2011 by families and city officials. A

bronze plaque engraved with their names is attached to a large obelisk located on N. Elm Street. Our hearts and prayers go out to their family members and they will be forever missed, but always remembered.

White Street Pocket Street Park

Located at Main Street.

Grandmothers Garden at Chauncy Allen Park

The City Council voted May 18, 1995 for approval of a lease

with "The Friends of Grandmother's Garden" for two parks Chauncey Allen Park and Grandmother's Garden for seventy five years (75) expiring at midnight May 18, 2070. Located on Smith Ave. The city (Park and Recreation, Natural Resource Dept., and Public Works) is not held responsible for maintenance of the park such as planting of any plants, trees, flowers, removing brush, trash or weeding. The agreement was only to mow the lawn with a mower.

After lease is up, they may renew upon City Council approval. City Council May 18, 1995

Veteran Council Events - Elizabeth Parker Memorial Park - 2017

Veteran Events includes locations, contact names, phone numbers and organization meeting date

Spray Parks

Westfield is now home to three spray parks, one located at Municipal Playground, located on Greylock Street, Chapman Playground

is located off St. Paul Street. Sadie Knox Playground located on Prospect Street Extension.. The spray parks are open June - September. (Closing, before or after Labor Day weekend). Hours 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday. For more information, please see the following documents:


The department is also responsible for a few cemeteries in the City of Westfield. Get more information and listings about the city cemeteries and names of those buried. They are also other private cemeteries in Westfield that are not listed.