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Atwater park

Within a short walking distance of Baystate Medical Center is Atwater Park, a small residential area composed of elegant Colonial Revivals, Tudor Revivals, and Ranches. Developed from a nineteenth century country estate, the area still has a park-like atmosphere.

Van Horne Park, one of the City's largest parks, borders this charming and desirable neighborhood.

While the leafy streets make residents feel nestled in a country-like environment, Atwater Park has easy access to I-91 and I-291, and is only minutes away from downtown Springfield and Elms College.

Want to learn more? Contact Ben Murphy at (413) 788-0383 or visit the Atwater Park Civic Association website at www.atwaterpark.org

Downtown

Springfield's oldest neighborhood is Downtown, where 140-year old row houses, gracious early twentieth-century apartment buildings, converted factories and schools offer a variety of living styles. Historic Mattoon Street is one of the few streets in the region to be lined with restored brick Victorian row houses.

Condominiums can be found in the Kimball, a former grand hotel; the McIntosh, a former shoe factory, on Mattoon Street and in Classical Condominiums, a former high school.

The Central LibrarySpringfield MuseumsSymphony Hall, many fine restaurants, night clubs, the MassMutual Center, health clubs, and many other downtown amenities are just a short walk for residents of this vibrant neighborhood. The 6-acre Riverfront Park and 3.5-mile long RiverWalk provides outdoor recreation along the banks of the Connecticut River

Opening in 2018, the MGM Resort Casino offers a variety of gaming opportunities, Roar Comedy Club, Regal Cinemas, several restaurants, and concert venues.

The Downtown neighborhood provides quick access to I-91, I-291, which both connect to I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), making the commute to Hartford, Worcester, Boston, and Vermont quick and easy.

Want to learn more? Contact Downtown resident Bob McCarroll at (413) 736-0629 or bobmccarroll@verizon.net.

East Forest Park

East Forest Park offers a wide variety of pre and post WW2 Capes and Ranches south of Watershops Pond, Springfield's largest body of water (other than the Connecticut River) and pre-War Colonial Revivals and Tudor Revivals.

The East Forest Park neighborhood is a quick drive to Western New England University, Springfield College, and American International College, and to the MassMutual head office, as well as to East Longmeadow and Northern Connecticut.

Several small commercial areas are located on Island Pond Road and Sumner Avenue. A Farmer's Market is held May through October in near-by Forest Park. The neighborhood is home to Pope Francis High School, the region's only Catholic secondary school. The new East Forest Park Library opened in 2019.

Want to learn more? Contact East Forest Park resident David Wells (413) 237-4901 or dwells11@yahoo.com

Forest Park

Forest Park is Springfield's most populous neighborhood. The 735-acre park for which the neighborhood is named puts the beauty of nature and plentiful recreation within walking distance, and features a small zoo and season Farmers Market. The 18-hole Franconia Municipal Golf Course is also in the neighborhood. I-91 borders the western edge of Forest Park, offering quick access to the Pioneer Valley and Hartford.

The 600-house Forest Park Heights Historic District was developed between 1890 and 1920, and features gracious Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Queen Anne, and Arts & Crafts style homes.  This neighborhood was named one of the Northeast's "Best Old House Neighborhoods" by This Old House magazine in 2010. East of the park is the Trafton Road area with Colonials and Tudors dating from the 1920s. Further east in this tree-filled neighborhood are pockets of Craftsman style houses and more Colonials.

Georgetown, on the Longmeadow line, is the neighborhood's largest condominium complex, and there are smaller condo complexes in the area.The Forest Park Civic Association neighborhood hosts an annual Illumination Night in June which gives old and new neighbors an opportunity to meet.

Forest Park also contains a branch library and the Jewish Community Center, whose exercise facilities are open to the public through membership. Convenient shopping can be found at the "X," a commercial district at the intersection of Sumner Avenue, Belmont Avenue, and Dickinson Street.

Want to learn more? Contact Forest Park resident Brian Sears at 413-237-9399 or bsears@searsre.com

Indian Orchard

Indian Orchard began in the 1840s as an isolated mill village and has preserved its identity over the years, even after become more fully encompassed by the city.

One of its mills is now artists' studio space. The Indian Orchard Mills/Dane Gallery hosts an artists' open house twice a year. Hubbard Park is a major source of recreational activities. An expanded branch library offers adult and family activities. Indian Orchard is near Five Mile Pond Park, a public swimming beach.

Large employers include Solutia and US Postal Service bulk mail facility.

Located in the northeast corner of Springfield, Indian Orchard affords the quickest commute to Worcester, I-495, and Boston by way of the Mass Turnpike (I-90).

Want to learn more? Contact Zaida Govan at Zaida.Govan@yahoo.com or iocc.council@gmail.com

Pine Point/Boston Road

Located along Boston Road, the city's principal commercial corridor are streets of cozy Capes and Ranches as well as some of the most interesting Craftsman style bungalows in the region.

The Pine Point Express Library and convenient shopping, including the Eastfield Mall, are a short drive. Five Mile Pond provide a place to swim, fish, boat, and picnic. The High School of Science & Technology and Putnam Vocational High School are found in this neighborhood.

The headquarters of MassMutual, a Fortune 500 company, is located on State Street in the Pine Point neighborhood. Nearby, you will find American International College and Smith & Wesson.

Want to learn more? Contact Pine Point resident Derek Strahan at (413) 426-8975 or dstrahan21@gmail.com

Sixteen Acres

Mostly constructed after World War II, geographically large Sixteen Acres brings suburbia to the city. Besides streets of quality Ranches, Colonials, Split-levels, and Capes, the neighborhood has large condominium complexes on Nassau Drive.

The 18-hole Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 28-acre Greenleaf Park, an expanded branch library, and two private beach clubs (Bass Pond and the Paddle Club) are located here as is Western New England University and its law school. Commercial clusters on Wilbraham Road and Allen Street provide convenient shopping.

Sixteen Acres residents have a quick drive to East Longmeadow's employers, such as Hasbro and American Saw, as well as a short drive up Parker Street to the Mass Turnpike (I-90).

Besides many public schools, the SABIS International Charter School, and the Pioneer Valley Christian Academy are located in this neighborhood.

Want to learn more? Contact Sixteen Acres resident Colleen Moynihan at moynihancolleen@yahoo.com,

Liberty Heights & East Springfield

Along Springfield's northern border, with easy access to I-291 and the Mass Turnpike (I-90), are Liberty Heights and East Springfield with a variety of 20th century housing types, such as Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Capes, and Ranches. The neighborhoods share a branch library that offers a wide variety of family activities.

The two close-by neighborhoods are home to Van Horne Park, one of the city's largest public parks, Marshall Roy Playground, Springfield Plaza shopping center, and some of the city's largest employers, such as Baystate Medical Center, Smith & Wesson, CRRC. The neighborhoods are also close to Elms College in Chicopee.

In addition to public schools, the private Academy Hill School serves academically talented children in grades K-8 from Western Mass and Northern Connecticut.

For information on Liberty Heights, contact Cathy Mossi at 413-733-1001 and hungryhillcouncil@yahoo.com.

For East Springfield, contact Kathy Brown at 4134780801 or kathleenbrown5656@gmail.com,

Maple Hill/Ridgewood

In the Six Corners neighborhood, just a few blocks from Downtown, are the Maple Hill and Ridgewood Historic Districts. These areas were built as Springfield's "Gold Coast," where from the 1820s through the 1920s grand homes were constructed on the hills overlooking the valley.

Majestic mansions feature original hand-crafted features unable to be replicated today. Ridgewood also contains Mulberry House, a 1960s luxury apartment building, now condominiums, with unparalleled views. Between the two is the historic Springfield Cemetery, providing an oasis of green.

Mulberry Street was made famous by Springfield native Dr. Seuss' "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street."

Want to learn more? Contact Michael Noonan at (413) 455-1259 or noonmike@aol.com.

McKnight

Developed between 1870 and 1900, McKnight contains the region's largest array of Victorian houses. The neighborhood's 900 homes are part of a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of its western half is also a local historic district with homes lovingly restored and preserved by residents.

Several small decorative open spaces grace the neighborhood. To its west are Springfield Technical Community College and Downtown. I-291 skirts its northern edge, providing easy access to the region.

Want to learn more? Contact McKnight resident Jim Boone at jimboone@hotmail.com You can also get in touch with the McKnight Neighborhood Council: http://www.mcknightcouncil.com/

South of State Street and bordered on two sides by Watershops Pond is the Upper Hill. Both American International College and Springfield College are found here. The eastern edge of the neighborhood contains Colonial Revivals, Tudor Revivals, Capes, and Ranches.

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