Buttery Brook Park
Rentals are available in season (approximately mid-May through Labor Day weekend) for birthday parties, club outings, family reunions, organization functions, picnics, wedding receptions, and other gatherings. Facilities available include two covered Pavilions and the Log Cabin. The Pavilions accommodate up to 120 guests and are located in the Pine Grove area and the South Entrance Road area. The Log Cabin offers inside space for up to 30 guests, and is located by the playground, a great location for children's parties.
All inquiries should be directed by email to the South Hadley Recreation Department, which handles all reservations and rentals. For availability, general information, and renter responsibilities, see Buttery Brook Park Rentals (link in the menu at left).
About the Park
Buttery Brook Park was created over 25 years ago by Joseph Taylor, Parks Superintendent for the town of South Hadley. The land for this park was acquired from Fire District #1 Water Department in 1959 and the house was deeded by the Kielbasa Family in 1959. Joe involved a number of people in the development of the park and bartered for most of the materials. He and his staff crafted many of the picnic tables and benches and pavilions were built by the Lion’s Club. The park is nestled in the old Buttery Brook watershed, a remnant of which still exists on the hill overlooking the path of the brook as it winds its way through the Park's large, open field below the pine grove.
Park amenities include free parking, covered pavilions, picnic tables and grills, and shaded picnic areas. The centrally located rest rooms are adjacent to the playground areas and the spray park*. The area near the North Entrance has a basketball court, and new Pickleball courts are anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2022. While visitors may come and enjoy the park at any time of year, park facilities (including rest rooms) are typically only open for general use May-November from 8:30am to dusk. Please note that per Town park policy, no dogs are allowed, except for service animals.
For latest information (including weather-related schedule changes): www.facebook.com/southhadleyrecreation
*When open, the Spray Park is programmed to run from 10:30am to 6:30pm. (There is a green post with a disk at the top within the spray area, which comes on when someone touches the top/center of the disk.) The spray park usually opens on Memorial Day weekend, including the Monday holiday. The spray park is then open on weekends-only through mid June, and after that is open daily through the Labor Day holiday. Restroom facilities are open during these hours. The spray park closes for inclement and/or cold weather days.
Buttery Brook Park, 123 Willimansett Street (Route 33), South Hadley, MA 01075
- From Mass Pike: Take Exit 49 (formerly Exit 5) and travel 3.8 miles north on Route 33. The park is on the left, shortly after entering South Hadley.
- From Route 91: Take Exit 14 (formerly Exit 16) to Route 202 north to South Hadley; go right on Route 33 south. The Park is on the right approximately 1/2 mile from Routes 202/33 intersection.
- From Route 116: Take Route 33 south for approximately 1.5 miles. The nearest landmark is Olde Hadleigh Hearth & Home.
Friends of Buttery Brook Park
The Friends provide support for park improvements such as through activities such as in-season Friday Cruise Nights and offer help as volunteers for annual events such as Big Rig Day and Santa's Land. A fundraising campaign for new Pickleball courts is currently underway and the Friends are a partner in this exciting effort. New members and volunteers are always welcomed. For general information and meeting date, or to volunteer, email the Friends of Buttery Brook Park at: ButteryBrookPark@gmail.com.
For more info on events and happenings, visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butterybrookpark.
Friday Cruise Nights at Buttery Brook Park
The Friends' Cruise Nights are back, 5:30pm to dusk each week, from Friday, May 20, 2022 through September 9, 2022. Everyone is invited to come and see each week's vintage vehicles and enjoy pleasant warm-weather nights at the Park. Beverages including beer, soda, and water will be available from the Friends, with any profits going to support Park improvements. Food will be available from the food wagon operated by South Hadley-based Foley's Franks.
Annual Big Rig Day at Buttery Brook Park
Big Rigs will be back at the Park on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The longtime Park favorite features fire trucks, police cars, utility trucks, ambulances and more. Climb into the cabs and meet the people who operate these fascinating vehicles. This unique, free, kid-friendly event is co-hosted by SHELD/Fibersonic, the Friends of Buttery Book Park, All Star Dairy, and the South Hadley Recreation Department. Don't miss this great, free family event!
Buttery Brook Park's New Pickleball Courts Opening for Play!
The new pickleball courts at Buttery Brook Park will be open soon! Once the nets are installed on Tuesday, July 26 the courts will be available for play. Join us from 5-7pm for an "open play" format, rotating in/out after each game. This will give everyone an opportunity to play with diferent partners and help to build our Pickleball community. If you're new to the game please come down and find out what it's all about. There will be some folks on hand to help introduce you to the sport and teach the basics.
Ribbon Cutting and Learn-to-Play Clinic August 8 at 1:00pm
August 8th is National Pickleball Day. Please join us at the Buttery Brook Park Pickleball courts where we will have our ribbon cutting and a learn-to-play-clinic. The ribbon cutting will be held on Aug 8 at 1pm followed immediately by a learn-to-play-clinic. All ages are welcome to come and learn to play Pickleball. Paddles will be available for use for anyone who needs one. More learn-to-play-clinics are planned for September. For more information about pickleball and upcoming events at our new courts, visit South Hadley Pickleball on Facebook.
Mural by MHC Student Artists
A large 4-panel mural created by students at Mount Holyoke College (see the group photo in the image slider below) was installed at Buttery Brook in June by the playground. After researching local plants and animals, and hearing from residents about their memories of the Park, the group developed an engaging design incorporating what they learned that viewers of all ages will enjoy.