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Winterfest 2021 Flyer

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 - 31st, 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 

Thanks for coming out and showing off those awesome creativity skills at our first 

Trick or Treat My Ride Halloween Car Parade! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page!

Trick or treat my ride

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/ 

5/29/2020 - Tennis Courts

The Mill River Recreation Area Tennis Courts are now open for public use. There are no organized teams, leagues or lessons allowed. Please continue to respect physical distance guidelines.  

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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April 16, 2020

Kendrick Park Project Update:

On April 15, 2020 the Planning Board conducted a "preliminary" review of the project at their meeting via Zoom. The Commonwealth is staying on course by requiring the design submission by June 1, 2020. The Town of Amherst Planning Department is moving forward as planned. Please check the schedule of all the upcoming review meetings here - https://www.amherstma.gov/3527/Kendrick-Park-2020.  Keep in mind that you can also always participate as an "attendee" by copying and pasting the link found on the Town calendar https://www.amherstma.gov/

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March 28, 2020

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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COVID-19 Update 3/17/2020:
We are closed until April 7th. Please feel free to follow our Facebook and Instagram for some uplifting and helpful content during this closure. Please register for programs using our online registration system. We'll be checking voicemail sporadically, so the best means of communication is via email. Thank you for your cooperation during this time, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Email: rec@amherstma.gov
Web: www.lsse.org

COVID-19 Update 3/13/2020:

Please be advised the Amherst Middle School is closed to the public until further notice. This means the POOL IS CLOSED until further notice as well as our business office. Please register for programs using our online registration system or call us during business hours (8:00 am-4:30 pm, Mon.-Fri.). Thank you for your cooperation during this time, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Phone: 413-259-3065
Email: rec@amherstma.gov
Web: www.lsse.org

COVID-19 Update 3/12/2020:

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and for allowing us to serve your recreational needs. We care about our community and wish to do our best in helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please be advised that the Town of Amherst is suspending all adult and youth classes that take place indoors, until further notice. This will take effect March 12, 2020. We will continue to follow all recommended actions by our public authorities. Please stay tuned for any updates on the town website and on the LSSE website. Full registration fees will be refunded, however please allow up to 4 weeks for processing. This is effective immediately.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Project Updates:

Town of Amherst Thanks You for coming to talk about the exciting project for the Playground at Kendrick Park. Stay tuned as we develop ideas for this exciting project! For further information contact: Chris Brestrup, Planning Department, 413-259-3145 or brestrupc@amherstma.gov 

Groff Park is still under way as the construction continues of the playground and splash park. At this time, we are hoping to hit our estimated time of completion in late May or early June of 2020. For project details click here: Groff Park Improvement Project

Special Events:

LSSE 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.