Anniversary and Community Fields Walking Tour

LOCATION

This is the Anniversary and Community Fields Walking Tour. To read up on its general history, go HERE.

Stop 1 – Community Field and Day Brook

Stop 2 – Recreation

Ralph Sacks memorial stone

Stop 3 – Civilian Conservation Corps Trails

This trail system within Community Field and Anniversary Hill Park was made by the CCC in 1936.

Stop 4 – CCC Stone Bridges

One bridge is more obvious than the other and both are more obvious in winter than in summer. Find the pole with the markings as seen in the first image and then take a right into the woods on the dirt path. The bridge is passable but the sides need repair.

Stop 4A – CCC Stone Bridges

To find the other bridge, find the telephone pole marked 11. Then look to the right side of the road and there should be a trail there. The bridge is still in good shape but there was a fallen tree on it as of 2022.

Stop 5 – Old Road

Back on the road, you will see a stone wall on the left. This was made by the CCC to support the grade of the hill. If you happen to go onto this dirt road and walk 150 feet more, then you will find a larger stone wall to support the even steeper hill and with a another wall at its right to support its base. This is the original road from the 1930s. The trail system and the road did not cross until a later time.

Stop 5A – Dam on Brook

About 30 feet more along the road find a peculiar looking dam on the brook. This is to you left. I do not know what to make of it.

Stop 6 – Old Steps

Just a bit more on the tar road and on the left you will see a winding set of steps up the hill. They are walkable. There are 32 of them. The path on top leads to the tower.

Stop 8 – Scott Tower

Scott Tower was finished in 1939 by the WPA. It is named after Walter Scott who donated this land and died in 1935.

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Stop 9 – Anniversary Field

A side trail to the east of the tower leads to a fenced area in which you will get a grand view of Holyoke. Until 1963 the two parts of Anniversary Field were joined together into one. There was Anniversary Field at the bottom and Anniversary Hill Park at the top. If you continue to your north along this fence and then onto a dirt path. This is the old Anniversary Field Road which after one third of a mile leads to the old cabin. There at Overlook Drive, Anniversary Road continued first to the north and then to the southeast to the base at Northampton Street.

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