Anniversary and Community Fields

Anniversary and Community Fields are joined parks within Holyoke that were built up during the 1920s and 1930s.

Anniversary Field was made in Holyoke for the 50th anniversary of the city of Holyoke. This was in 1923. The field runs from Northampton Street up to the top of Crafts Hill. The top portion borders against Community Field. Although Anniversary Field is from 1923 it was not dedicated until Labor Day 1935.

In 1929 Anniversary Field received a radical make over. A baseball field, a football field, a basketball court, a bowling green, and a horseshoe court were added.

In 1940 Anniversary Field had its summit name changed to Scott Field. That is since a new tower was built there and called Walter Scott Memorial Tower. During its first year it had thousands of visitors. On its grounds, were added 32 fireplaces and 22 picnic tables.

In 1941 a cabin was constructed at the entrance to Scotts Tower.

In both 1941 and 1942 skiing was allowed on the slope of Anniversary Hill. In 1942 an archery range and in 1941 a football field were added to Anniversary Field. In that year also a group called the Committee on Public Safety would use Scott Tower as a plane spotter location.

On the top of the hill in this park is Scotts Tower. The Kestrel Land Trust is attempting to renew the area. STORY

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked on the area on the top also and made many trails.

As for Community Field, it was developed into a recreational area in 1934. For example a wading pool was added that year and in the wintertime that pool transformed into an ice rink. This was done by the Works Progress Administration. The land was not developed for a while due to lack of funds. The park had been dedicated on October 31, 1925 but it had to wait to be developed.

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