Parks & Rec Coronavirus Updates

October 20, 2020

Staff is working on some indoor programming to offer. We are waiting for confirmation on indoor use of some city facilities. We will launch some program offering in the next week or so. They will be sent out via our Constant Contact newsletter, as well as posted on our website. If you would like to be added to the newsletter, please email us at recreation@northamptonma.gov.

August 25, 2020

  • We are thrilled to offer a variety of fall youth and adult programs! Check them all out, and be sure to register early as registrations are limited. Please note residents have priority registration in some programs.
    We look forward to a fall full of fun!
  • Unfortunately, the pool at JFK Middle  School, our Aquatic and Family Center, remains closed due to the pandemic. We will update on our website when that changes. 

June 30, 2020 - Some Summer 2020 Programs

We are excited to offer some Summer of 2020 programs! Although a lot different than in the past, check out some of the offerings. As the governor rolls out phases, we have added more opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact us at recreation@northamptonma.gov

June 3, 2020 - Summer Day Camps Cancelled

We are writing today to share the unfortunate news that Northampton Parks & Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Day Camp season. This includes our four camps, Safety Village, KidZone, Camp Hamp and Teen Expeditions.  Also the Incrediflix and ArtVentures program will not run. This decision was made completely out of the health and safety concern for the children, families and staff.

Over the last couple months, we have worked with local, state, and national associations to understand the impact COVID-19 will have on Summer Camps throughout the commonwealth and country.

Our staff has planned, discussed, and played out every scenario in which we may be able to hold our traditional programs. After reviewing the newly released guidelines from the state regarding day camps, we realize they present a very challenging set of logistical, operational and safety concerns. Thinking carefully about the types of camps we offer and the available options to modify our programs in order to meet these critical safety guidelines from the State, we have come to the conclusion that we aren’t able to operate our summer day camps this summer.

We know this is terrible news for so many families who rely on our programs to provide safe and stimulating activities for your children, which is especially needed at this time. We thank you for your understanding and patience through this process. This is not an easy decision by any means.

Please know our staff will be working on smaller, modified outdoor recreational programs to offer this summer such as art and sport programs and will post updates.

We will post updates on other programs as we know them.

Anyone registered for these summer camps will receive a full refund, which will be processed as quickly as possible.

For further summer information, please see our website at www.northamptonma.gov/recreation.  If you have any questions, please email us at recreation@northamptonma.gov.  Take care, and we look forward to recreating with you in the future.

May 14, 2020
Northampton Municipal offices are closed until further notice. Updates will be posted as they are received.


Update: April 30, 2020

  • March 16 Mayor David Narkewicz declared a local state of emergency for the City of Northampton in response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Click here for website and announcement
  • City of Northampton Municipal Buildings are closed to the public. Tentative date to re-open is May 18. 
  • All Parks & Recreation programs are suspended until at least May 18, 2020. 
    • There are no staff present in the office to return phone calls or meet with customers.
    • The office is closed to the public, but email is available. Staff is working from home as they can. 
  • Our online registrations are continuing for summer camps and spring programs. Please visit the program pages for more information. 

  • Community Garden new gardener registration is postponed. More will be posted on the page in the future.
  • Refunds for programs that would be ending during this shut down are being processed. Please note that it will may take a few weeks for the refund to process and get mailed out to you.
  • Once operations begin again, we will evaluate memberships and based on the length of closure determine the manner in which to compensate members.
  • Our website has some links for local hiking and biking trails to enjoy during social distancing.

Again, we thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented event. Please check our website for updates, www.northamptonma.gov/recreation

March 16, 2020 - updated 4:00pm

  • Effective Immediately, Mayor David Narkewicz has declared a local state of emergency for the City of Northampton in response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Click here for website and announcement
  • City of Northampton Municipal Buildings are closed to the public. Tentative date to re-open is April 7.
  • All Parks & Recreation programs are suspended until at least April 7, 2020. 
    • There are no staff present in the office to return phone calls or meet with customers.
    • The office is closed to the public, but email is available. Staff is working from home as they can. 
  • Our online registrations are continuing for summer camps and spring programs. Please visit the program pages for more information. 

  • Community Garden new gardener registration is postponed. More will be posted on the page in the future.
  • Once we re-open, refunds will be processed or credits will be applied to your account for any cancelled programs, rentals, and events. We will also evaluate memberships and based on the length of closure determine the manner in which to compensate members.
  • Our website has some links for local hiking and biking trails to enjoy during social distancing.

Again, we thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented event. Please check our website for updates, www.northamptonma.gov/recreation