Ready, Set, Spring!

It’s officially spring. So, after some really cold days, it’s time to get outside, soak up some sun and start to explore the neighborhood parks and playgrounds right here in Lawrence. There are 31 places to visit in the city, click here to see a full list and check out our top 5 picks!

Howard Playstead.The rec park is located across from the intersection of Lawrence Street and Hampshire Street. There is fun for the whole family with picnic spots, multiple fields and courts, plus a playground for the little ones. Howard Playstead is home to the Lawrence Central Babe Ruth league, as well as several other leagues and fun-loving groups, like some pretty great adult sports, click here to see what’s going on, from softball to volleyball to football. Parking is available off street, so go ahead and check it out!

Bourgoin Square Park. This community park is on West Street, between Wendell Street and Acton Street. You’ll find a softball field, a football/soccer field, as well as a playground with jungle-gym, a slide, several swings and a see-saw. Portable restrooms are available, but are not handicap accessible. Learn more about this spot by clicking here.

Mount Vernon Park. Found on Mount Vernon Street between Crestshire Drive and Barnard Road, it’s a fun place for people of all ages to enjoy. The park contains multiple fields, a basketball court and a playground. You’ll also find ample parking, and facilities, along with a concession stand that can be opened up for baseball games. Click here to get a preview of this park.

Kennedy Park. Running along the Spicket River at the intersection of Holly Street and Daisy Street, this spot is right next to Central Catholic High School. Boasting ball fields, picnic tables, monkey bars, swings, slides and plenty of parking, it’s great for family fun. Take a look now at all it has to offer.

Lawrence Heritage State Park. A history-themed area dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of Lawrence, this state park features three separate destinations along the Merrimack River. Stop by the Visitors Center in a restored 1840 boarding house to see exhibits about the life of 19th-century mill workers and the history of the city. Then check out Pemberton Park, a 5-acre urban oasis with views of the mills plus fishing and boating. And don’t miss the Lawrence Riverfront State Park—you’ll find wooded walking trails and bike paths, basketball, tennis and street hockey courts and even public programs that include concerts, theatrical events and the annual Bread and Roses Festival. Plus, sailing lessons are given during summer months at the Bashara Boathouse. Click here to see all the happenings in this unique area.