Snow Man with ice sculptureWinterfest 2021 was a GREAT success! Thank you!

Please feel free to share your photos from your Ice Sculpture experience with us on our Facebook.

Check out some of our beautiful shots. Scroll through our Ice Sculpture Gallery.

Text: Winter Walks with Amherst Recreation, snowy path with trees in background
Come for a Wintery Stroll at Groff Park and Mill River Recreation Areas during the month of January. Get outside and get moving with our interactive games and activities! 
Starting January 16, 2021 at both Groff Park and Mill River Recreation Areas

As usual, we ask that social distance and mask wearing guidelines are followed when enjoying the parks.

Don't forget to send us and fun pictures and videos of you and your loved ones - rec@amherstma.gov , Facebook or Instagram

Our NEW Winter Recreation Guide is here!  

Strategic Planning Updates:

You might remember that last fall we embarked upon a strategic planning process. The process started with us asking you for feedback and you delivered! You helped guide the direction and focus of how we can grow and improve over the next 3-5 years and even further into the future. One of the areas that was identified by surveys and community feedback was the department's identity. What do we do and what does our name say about what we do?

So, we are starting with the name. Drum roll please..................................................................

Our new name will be Amherst Recreation!

 Among other changes you will see:

  • Website update - coming in November 2020
  • Registration system upgrade - coming in January 2021
  • Responding to emerging community needs - Ongoing 

Thank you so much for your continued support.


The Amherst Recreation Staff and Commission Members 

Community Chat with Amherst Recreation Director, Barb Bilz - June 11, 2020

5/29/2020 - Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater

The Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater has officially postponed the January 2021 production of "Disney’s The Little Mermaid". See their website for details: https://alsct.org/ 

The Team here at LSSE misses you! Click the pic below to see our YouTube video to learn what we’ve been up to:

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NRPA covid19

The Town of Amherst has developed a new website to help support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit amherstcovid19.org to find resources that will help you navigate these difficult times.

Did you know LSSE is a NPRA Member? That means that we have access to grants, professional development, networking, advocacy, and other great resources that we can use to improve YOUR lives!

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Special Events:

Amherst Recreation proudly presents three major events annually. Our next exciting event will be our July 4th Celebration. Check back here for any updates! 

Mission Statement: To enrich the quality of life for all members of the community by providing the highest level of recreational programs, facilities and services.