Holyoke Heritage State Park - Holyoke, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 12.333 W 072° 36.419
18T E 697550 N 4675370
Holyoke Heritage State Park is located along the industrial canals in downtown Holyoke.
Waymark Code: WMC8E9
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 08/08/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member knightfly
Views: 3

Holyoke is the first completely planned industrial city. Water was diverted from the Connecticut River to power the mills that were situated along a network of canals. Worker housing was built to be within walking distance of these mills.

Holyoke Heritage State Park is an urban park with several interesting attractions for adults and children. The visitors center has exhibits explaining the development of Holyoke's paper making and textile industries. A slide show documents the lives and culture of the workers.

Children's Museum has interactive exhibits and activities. Children can create huge soap bubbles, make patterns using a on a sand table, run boats down a simulated canal, play in a model of a diner, post office and ambulance, and expend energy in the climbing area. The Volleyball Hall of Fame shares the building; Holyoke is the birthplace of volleyball.

The focal point of the grounds is a is a restored antique Merry-Go-Round which operates:

September through June: Saturday & Sunday noon to 4pm
July and August: Tuesday through Saturday 10:30-4pm; Sunday Noon-4pm.
Closed Mondays

Parking in on the grounds off Appleton Street (Route 141).
Name of Park, Protected Area, or Cultural Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park

Name of System or Passport Program: Massachusetts State Parks

Passport Available: Yes, for free

Parking or Entrance Fee: Not listed

Park Website: [Web Link]

Address of Station:
Holyoke Heritage State Park
221 Appleton Street
Holyoke, MA United States

Visit Instructions:
No special instructions, but a picture of yourself or of something unique to that place would be a nice touch.
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