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 in 1980 by South Hadley Parks Superintendent Joseph Taylor. The land for the park was acquired from Fire District No. 1 in 1958 and a parcel near the North Entrance was deeded by the Kielbasa Family in 1959. Joe Taylor 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. Part of the property had served as a reservoir from the late 1800s to 1952. 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 event information, visit the Friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butterybrookpark.
Friday Cruise Nights at Buttery Brook Park
Friends' Cruise Nights are held from 5:30pm to dusk each week during the season, which usually runs from the Friday before Memorial Day to the Friday before Labor Day. The public 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 are available from the Friends. In 2022 refreshments were available from South Hadley-based Foley's Franks food wagon. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Park in 2023! Funds raised through Cruise Nights help to support Park improvements.
Annual Big Rig Day at Buttery Brook Park
This 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 at this unique, free, kid-friendly event 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! The 2023 date is TBD.
New Pickleball Courts at Buttery Brook Park Open for Play
Four new pickleball courts at Buttery Brook Park opened in July, 2022 and lighting was installed in August by SHELD (lights are on until 10pm every night during the summer). Set hours are reserved for Open Play at all four courts: Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat from 8:30-11:00am and Tue, Thur from 4:30pm until Closing. Open Play = Pickleball for All, so you don't have to sign up, just come to the curts during any Open Play time and plan to play. To get connected with the South Hadley Pickleball community, download the TeamReach app and search for South Hadley Picklers (team code is 01075). For more information about South Hadley Pickleball, and upcoming learn-to-play clinics, visit South Hadley Pickleball on Facebook or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Santa's Land 2022
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves enjoyed their online visits with kids in 2020 and 2021, but everyone was happy to be back at the Park for in-person visits at this year's Santa's Land. Lights and decorations are up, and Santa's Land hours are from 5:30 to 7:30pm from Thursday through Sunday on December 8-11 and December 15-17, 2022. Photos with Santa are available for $5 each, and parents are also welcome to take their own pictures. Young visitors can enjoy cookies, cocoa, and a gift from the Santa and the elves. There is no admission charge, but donations in support of the Park are always appreciated. While there is no mask requirement, families who prefer to use them should feel free to do so. With three different viruses in circulation this winter (Flu, RSV, and Covid), for the well-being of all visitors please consider putting off your visit if anyone has symptoms of a cold or respiratory illness. Thank you for your cooperation. For latest updates, please check the Buttery Brook Park Friends Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/butterybrookpark