Winter 2021 & 2022

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Our Mission

The Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department, is dedicated to developing and maintaining beautiful, safe and environmentally friendly open spaces for the public to use and enjoy. Through affordable, comprehensive and exceptional experiences, we build a sense of community, enrich people’s lives and contribute to total development of the individual, family, and the Longmeadow community. We strive to meet the needs of our customers and residents and the needs of the Town of Longmeadow through activities and parks that are representative of the best practices of our profession.

Board of Park Commissioners

Department Staff

Andrew Berke

Director of Parks & Recreation


Cristina Judd, BA

Margaret Rakas Vice Chair

Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation

Dave Horowitz

Tracy Berns


Jeff Rintoul


Jerold Duquette Commissioner

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Bari Jarvis, M.ED, CPRP

Administrative Assistant

Marina Blanusa

Director of Child Care

Scott Lettre, BA

Director of School Age Services

Department Information WE’VE MOVED! Office Location

Greenwood Center 231 Maple Road Longmeadow, MA 01106


Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm






Greenwood Children’s Center Office Hours

Monday-Friday 7am-6pm






Marina Blanusa, Daycare Director


Scott Lettre, Director of School Age Services

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All programs offered through, or sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department can be found on our website at Registration for any programs offered through the Parks & Recreation Department and payments are secure and encrypted guarding your personal information.

Program Registration

All registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program maximum or established deadline. Registration can be done at, in person at Greenwood Center or a completed registration form can be faxed or mailed in to the Greenwood Center with payment included. Payments are due in full at the time of registration and can be made by check made payable to LPRD, cash or credit card. A $10 late fee will be applied to all registrations after the established deadline. NOTE: there is a $10 fee added to all non-resident registrations.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be given after the program registration deadline or start of the program. A $25 processing fee will be deducted for any refund.

Current COVID-19 Guidelines

Guidelines for each program may be found by visiting


Greenwood Children’s Center Daycare & School Age Programs 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106 Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care

Daycare Program Marina Blanusa, Daycare Director Contact Marina at or 413.565.4163 for a tour or additional information Infants - One month to 15 months, $360/week Toddlers– 15 months to 2.9 years, $325/week Preschoolers– 2.10 years to Kindergarten, $275/week Limited part time options available for preschool only *Open 7am-6pm *25% Sibling Discount

*Full year program

“Greenwood Children's Center has been wonderful for our family through the years. We know our boys are safe, loved, and well cared for when they are there. All the staff are very attentive to our boys' needs and are helping them to grow and learn. Our children are continually learning new things, forming lasting friendships and love attending Greenwood. It is great that we have such an outstanding child care program available to us in the Longmeadow community”. - Greenwood Daycare Program Parent

School Age Programs Early Risers Before School / Extended Day After School Scott Lettre, Director of School Age Services, slettr e@longmeadow.or g or 413.565.4163 “I was lucky enough to hear from our neighbors about an awesome aftercare program at Greenwood Children’s Center. Greenwood offers such a variety of fun activities after school to keep the kids engaged and active! The staff will always welcome you with a smile and are actively participating right along with the children. Transportation is provided and it has really put my mind at ease knowing my children are Safe, Happy and kept Busy! Check out Greenwood - you will NOT be disappointed.” - Greenwood Extended Day Program Parent

After School Program, Grades K-5 Transportation is provided from Longmeadow Public Schools at 2:45pm to Greenwood Center until 6pm. Options for 1 - 5 days/week, $202 - $433 month $26 monthly transportation fee Care on half-days, vacation weeks, Professional Development days

25% Sibling Discount

Early Risers Program, Grades K-5 At Wolf Swamp, Blueberry Hill, Center Schools 7:15am until the start of the school day. Options for 1 - 5 days/week, $84 - $168 month Care for School Delay Openings

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Infant, Toddler, Preschool Musical Notes, Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Infant Classes, newborns through 24 months Tuesdays, 10-10:30am, Greenwood Center Dec 7-Jan 18 (no 12/28) Jan 25-Mar 8 (no 2/22) Mar 15-Apr 26 (no 4/19) May 3-June 7 $79 per child or $110 per family Toddler Classes, 24 months through age 4 Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am, Greenwood Center Dec 7-Jan 18 (no 12/28) Jan 25-Mar 8 (no 2/22) Mar 15-Apr 26 (no 4/19) May 3-June 7 $79 per child or $110 per family Did you know that music can increase a child’s emotional intelligence, creativity and social skills? Clap your hands, tap your feet and sing along with Jon O’Neill as he combines songs with dance and musical instruments!

Youth Programs ART-ventures for Kids, Just For Fun Art-ventures Grades K-4 Mondays, Jan 31 - Mar 28 (no 2/21) 2:45-4pm, Blueberry Hill School Cafeteria $137

Get ready to "create some fun"! Just for Fun Art-ventures lead children on an imaginary tour through the world's greatest art museums, inspiring creativity through exposure to the FUNdamentals of artist's tools, techniques and art forms, many inspired by the masters. But don’t just admire these great works– decorate your home with masterpieces of your Own! Draw oil pastel flowers like O’Keefe, create colorful canvases in the style of Matisse, and design upside down and inside out watercolor dream paintings inspired by Chagall. Sculpt swirly clay pencil holders, create burlap landscape collages, and decorate paper mache boxes. Creatively educational, whimsical and unconventional, these art-ventures welcome children into a world of artistic wonder. Children bring home beautiful masterpieces each week, sure to transform any home into a gallery! Supervision is provided from 2:45-3pm. ART-ventures for Kids, Lions and Tigers and Pigs, Oh My! Grades K-4 Tuesdays, Feb 1 - Mar 29 (no 2/22) 2:45-4pm, Center School Art Room $137 Animals have been an important subject for artists all over the world since the beginning of time. From ancient caves to the present day these magnificent creatures can be seen in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, mosaic art, fabric design, masks and stained glass. On a wild journey through the animal kingdom, art adventurers discover a multitude of kooky critters-- as well as their own creativity- - while exploring techniques, tools, textures, and materials. Stained glass giraffes, fabric dogs, ceramic elephants, wooden snakes, colorful dinosaurs, and clay lions with fluffy fiber manes. These are just a few of the animals created during our cool and playful art excursions. Fun facts about each creature are included and masterpieces go home each week. A ROARING good time! Supervision is provided from 2:45-3pm.

ART-ventures for Kids, Pirates and Fairies

Grades K-4 Fridays, Jan 28 - Mar 25 (no 2/25) 2:45-4pm, Wolf Swamp School Cafeteria $137 Sail the high seas on a fantastical art-venture through a world of pirates and princesses, fairies, sea monsters and talking parrots! Children will get into character, donning handcrafted pirate swords or fairy wings. Paint wood rowboats, and set out on a search for the buried treasure, then create gem-studded treasure chests to hide the riches! Design magical castle banks and sculpt clay dragons to guard them. Draw sea monsters and create your own stenciled t-shirts! Pirates and Fairies explore painting, beading, fabric, clay art and more. Humorous stories are included each week, as well as surprises and laughter. Don’t miss these fun and fantasy-filled workshops!

Art-ventures for Kids, Spread your Wings and Roar

Grades K-4 Mondays, Apr 11 - June 13 (no 4/18) 2:45-4pm, Blueberry Hill Cafeteria $137 Tuesdays, Apr 5 - June 7 (no 4/19) 2:45-4pm, Center School Art Room $137 This all new art-rageous program is truly like a trip to the zoo. Design Stuffed Teddy Bears, create Owl Paintings on canvas, and sculpt Clay Peacocks with zany feathers. Color real Rubber Duckies, paint Ceramic Bunny Banks, and make Wooden Animal Puzzles in the style of Oaxacan alebrijes. Even travel back in time to paint Dancing Dinosaurs with watercolors. We’ll also pop into the zoo food court to create Mixed Media Sandwich Collages and Pasta Relief Clay Tiles, and visit the photo booth to make Cardboard Mustache Masks and draw Minion Self-Portraits. On the way out, we’ll stop at the gift shop to design Sticker Resist T-shirts, decoupage large Paper Mache Letters, and build wacky Mix-and-Match Character Blocks. Art-explorers experience painting, drawing, sculpting, fabric design, decoupage, collage, and more. A trip to the zoo that you’ll never forget! Art explorers bring home exciting handmade souvenirs each week.

ART-ventures for Kids, Sticky, Shiny Art-ventures

Grades K-4 Fridays, April 8 - June 10 (no 4/15, 4/22) 2:45-4pm, Wolf Swamp School Cafeteria $137 The amazingly imaginative 2 and 3 dimensional projects in this program will inspire children's creativity as they experiment with a variety of unique art forms , tools and techniques. Art explorers create Shrinky Dink Animal Pendants and Sequined Mexican Mirrors. Make Funny Felt Monsters, paint Ceramic Owl Banks, and sculpt Sweet Treat Clay Desserts. Paint Goofy Animals on Canvases and sculpt Flying Pigs. These projects and more introduce children to a world of artistic wonder while we encourage their own original ideas and unique perception and interpretation of art. Children bring home awesome works of art each day. Supervision is provided from 2:45-3pm.


Youth Programs

Valentine Sweetheart Ball Open to all children and their adult sweetheart!

Food Explorers: Snack Attack!

Grades 2-5 Mondays, Apr 4 - May 2 (no 4/18) 4:30 - 5:30pm, Old Town Hall $75 Join Food Explorer’s to make some delicious after-school snacks! Each week you’ll make or bake a delicious snack: Banana Bread Cake Pops, Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits, Three Cheese Pizza Bites and Broccoli Cheese Balls. And you'll learn all about food by taking part in some fun games and activities with a Registered Dietitian. Each recipe is nut free but will contain dairy and/or eggs.

Saturday, Feb 5th 2-4pm at the Community House $20 per couple or $28 for 3 or more Come dressed to impress and enjoy DJ, dancing, games and Refreshments!

Food Explorers: Fast Food Remakes!

Grades 2-5 Mondays, Apr 4 - May 2 (no 4/18) 6 - 7pm, Old Town Hall $75 Food Explorers, Holiday Cooking Join Food Explorer’s for our delicious weekly dinner club Grades 2-5 featuring Fast Food Remakes! Each week you’ll recreate Monday, Dec 27, 9am-12pm popular fast food recipes by making them healthier and tastier. $50, Old Town Hall You’ll be making: Crunch Wraps, Egg McMuffins, Chipotle Inspired Rice Bowls and Veggie Tot Nachos. Each recipe is nut Join Food Explorers for a morning of holiday recipes! You’ll learn free but will contain dairy and/or eggs. how to make a tasty Peppermint Bark Dip and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberry Santas, plus you’ll play some fun games and activities Mad Science, Energy, Forces, Flight & Robots about food. Each child will make their own individual portion. All recipes are nut free but do contain dairy. Grades K-5

Vacation Programs

Center School Mondays, 2:45-4pm Jan 31-Mar 28 (no 2/21) $155 Blueberry Hill School Tuesdays, 2:45-4pm Feb 1 - Mar 29 (no 2/22) $155 Wolf Swamp School Wednesdays, 2:45-4pm Jan 26 - Mar 30 (no 2/23) $155 In this exciting after school series, students explore inertia, gravity and centripetal force! They will learn about tension and compression as we experiment to see what the strongest shapes are. Children will lean humans aren’t the only ones who build things – robots can too… Once we build them! We will also learn through play about potential and kinetic energy. Many more exciting topics will be covered throughout the term.


Art-ventures Electric Zebras and Neon Totes

Grades K-5 Tuesday, Dec 28, 9am-12pm $50, Community House Auditorium Get ready for electrifying art-ventures! Explore pattern and color while painting bright, exciting zebras on canvases! Create totally wild neon geometric designs on tote bags using a special resist technique. Then make rainbow mandalas with a variety of vibrant embellishments! Please pack a peanut / tree nut free snack and drink.

Mad Science Brixology Engineering by LEGO®

Grades K-6 Wednesday, Dec 29, 9am-12pm $50, Community House Auditorium Brixology: Engineering by LEGO® sets the foundation for our next generation of makers! Kids learn about different types of engineering and then team up to construct a different engineering- themed project using LEGO® bricks. They will explore topics such as aerospace engineering while assembling a space station and mechanical engineering as they build motorized vehicles. Please pack a peanut / tree nut free snack and drink.

Youth Sports Youth Wrestling

Grades 3-8 Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7:30pm Jan 6 - Feb 8 $185, Longmeadow High School This program is designed to introduce wrestling to future enthusiasts at the youth level in Grades 3-8. Wrestling focuses on proper techniques, conditioning and fundamentals necessary to enjoy and be successful in the sport of wrestling. Program will be led by LHS Head Coach Alex Efstratios and LHS Assistant Coach Jim Zuccalo. This program is open to both girls and boys. Participants must provide their own wrestling shoes and kneepads. NOTE: Parents must drop off only, participants will enter and exit through the pool entrance only. Dates are subject to change due to High School schedule.

Winter Cheer, Ages 5-14 Sundays, 5-7:30pm Jan 16 - Apr 10 $200, Community House This is a great class to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading. We will focus on stunts, tumbling, jumps, and cheers. All towns are welcome to join! Depending on the number of sign ups, we may split them into two groups, a beginner level from 5-6:30 and an intermediate from 6-7:30pm. Please wear white cheer shoes.

Cheer Beginner Tumbling, Ages 5-14 Sundays, 4-5pm Jan 16 - Apr 10 $160, Community House Our Cheer Tumbling Class is designed for the newest of tumblers with little to no experience. We will focus on all level 1 skills: Bridge, Back Bend, Handstand, Handstand Bridge, Forward Roll, Backward Roll, Cartwheel, Round off, Front and Back Walkovers. Tumblers will learn flexibility, body control and strength building. Please wear white cheer shoes.

Karate-Shotokan Style , Ages 4-6 Wednesday, 4-5pm Jan 5-Feb 16 Mar 2-Apr 13 May 4-June 15 $70, Old Town Hall Shotokan Karate-Do (SKIF System) is a traditional Japanese martial art. Students will be trained in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring, and self-defense. For the beginning student, this is a fun, structured introduction to the art of Karate. Great for development of self-esteem, balance, physical fitness, and a basic understanding of Japanese Karate-Do. A white karate uniform is required and can be ordered through your instructor Jim Shea, a Longmeadow resident who has been teaching karate for over 47 years.


Karate-Shotokan Style , Ages 5+ Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm Jan 4-Feb 17 Mar 1-Apr 14 May 3-June 16 $80, Old Town Hall Shotokan Karate-Do (SKIF System) is a traditional Japanese martial art. The study of karate is an inner search for growth and self-discipline, which encompasses many ideals. Students will be trained in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring, and self-defense. A white karate uniform is required and can be ordered through your instructor Jim Shea, a Longmeadow resident who has been teaching karate for over 47 years.

Youth Track Program

Ages 7-14 Monday-Thursday 5-6pm, Saturdays 8:30-10:30am Mar 28-June 13 (tentative) $70, LHS Track Youth will practice twice per week, either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will also be placed on teams and participate in a series of track and field meets conducted on Saturdays at the LHS track over the course of the season. There will also be one or more away meets. Participants will be exposed to a variety of track and field events including sprints, middle distance runs (up to one mile), shot put, javelin, discus, long jump, and hurdles. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, physical fitness, and individual improvement over the course of the season. Parents will be expected to assist with timing at one track meet during the season. Parents who have a background in track and field or running and who wish to make a greater commitment during practices or meets are encouraged to indicate their interest when registering their child. Track program will not meet during April vacation. Program dates are subject to change due to the High School schedule.

Sports Associations

Please contact the individual association listed below for detailed information about their programs and registration. Longmeadow Youth Football Marc Strange, Longmeadow Soccer Association, Longmeadow Girls’ Lacrosse, Longmeadow Aquatic Club, Longmeadow Baseball Association Dan Sullivan, Longmeadow Boys’ LAX Association Longmeadow Softball Association Longmeadow Youth Basketball Association Victor Oundjian, Longmeadow Little League Association


Adult Programs

Tai Chi– Yang Style, Ages 14 & Up Tues, 6:30-7:30pm, Sat 8:30-9:30am Jan 4-Feb19 Mar 1-Apr 16 May 3-June 18 $75, Old Town Hall

Karate - Shotokan Style, Ages 14 & Up Tues 7:30-8:50pm, Thurs, 6:30-7:50pm, Sat, 9:30-11am Jan 4-Feb 26 Mar 1-Apr30 May 3-June 30 $90, Olde Town Hall Shotokan Karate-Do (SKIF System) is a traditional Japanese martial art that includes kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). The study of karate is an inner search for growth and self-discipline, which encompasses many ideals. All instruction and certification are authentic and directly affiliated with SKIF Japan, one of the largest and finest karate organizations in the world. *A white karate uniform is required for class and can be ordered through the instructor. Instructor: Sensei James Shea 7th Dan SKIF (more than 47 years’ experience).

Weds, 8:30-9:30am Jan 5-Feb 16 Mar 2-Apr 13 May 4-June 15 $70, Old Town Hall Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise with an emphasis on deep breathing, slow movements, and chi (energy) development. It can help improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and fitness; and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life. The class involves traditional warm-ups and gentle stretching, +breathing exercises, stances, and the study of the traditional Yang Style Form. Wear comfortable clothing, a flat sole indoor sneaker, dance shoe. Instructor – Sifu James Shea Instructor Certificate Master Pui Chan (More than 37 years’ Tai Chi Chuan experience).

Longmeadow Beautification Every year, members of the local garden club, Gardeners on the Green, request donations from Longmeadow residents, friends, and businesses to support the Longmeadow Beautification Fund. This fund was established many years ago by several dedicated Longmeadow residents who wanted to assist the Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Department in maintaining and improving the appearance of several public sites in town. Donations are used to purchase flowers, shrubs and trees; fund routine care of ornamental trees; maintain watering systems at most locations; and hire an intern to carry out watering and weeding throughout the summer. While the Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Department administers the fund, Gardeners on the Green members provide volunteer labor to keep the following sites looking fresh and colorful:      


Donations in any amount are appreciated or at the following levels: $15 $25 $50 $100 and above Please indicate on your check if you would like to contribute in honor or memory of an individual or group. Make your tax-deductible donation payable to Longmeadow Beautification Fund and mail your check to the Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department. The Longmeadow Beautification Fund c/o Longmeadow Parks and Recreation Department 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106 Your financial support helps to keep the important public spaces in Longmeadow looking beautiful! 7

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