About Us

HISTORY

History The Town of Halifax has had a rich history with no shortage of dedicated residents who are willing to exert personal effort in making the town an enjoyable place to live. The Halifax Open Play Space (HOPS Playground) was a largely volunteer effort that has become one of the most popular playgrounds on the South Shore. Until the past dozen years or so, Halifax had a fairly limited number of recreational facilities. There were fields located behind the Central School (now the Police Station), behind the current Halifax Elementary School and a third field (Lingan Street) was added when the Town of Halifax (and the Water Department) purchased the state youth detention camp (near Great Cedar Swamp) along West Monponsett Lake. The Town had one smaller playground with a basketball court on Holmes Street.

The growth of Halifax in the 90s was only surpassed by the growth of its various youth sports programs. Field use had unfortunately become an ugly tug-of-war of town facilities refereed by Youth and Recreation. The need of new, additional facilities was obvious. In 1996 the Commission started a string of projects when they broke ground on the courts complex located behind Halifax Elementary School. In 1997 the Commission introduced a new wheels park at the Central School site. In 1998 the Commission secured funds from the Annual Town Meeting to expand community use of the Halifax Elementary School Gym. (Please note that an Annual Town Meeting vote in 2003 converted the gymnasium from a school facility to a town facility during non-school hours) In 2002 the stress on our central fields was significantly lessened by the construction of a multiple fields complex on Summit Street. Later in this same year, the Commission built a new senior little league field and added a perimeter track at our central fields complex. The drive to upgrade our athletic facilities has continued and our youngest athletes now enjoy Tee Ball and Farm League fields at Vaughn Playground.

The Halifax Youth and Recreation Commission maintains an interesting hands off role with the towns various youth programs. The baseball, softball, soccer and basketball programs are independently administered while the Youth and Recreation Commission provides them with the tools and facilities to best run their programs. In effect, the Commission sponsors these programs, monitoring their proceedings to justify facility use.

In 2000 Dick Steele was hired as part-time Program Director to provide more activities and events to residents. Dick has expanded (summer) camps to include school vacations throughout the year. A student job program has transpired as several local high school and college students combine pay with community service providing useful instruction to over 250 youthful participants. Teen dances and field trips are other efforts to supply a suitable outlet for our youth at a reasonable cost. The Youth and Recreation Commission has assumed a larger role in traditional local Holiday Events.

We would like to conclude this report with thanks and appreciation to the many dedicated individuals who volunteer their services and involve themselves in our various projects, sports and recreational programs. You are our greatest resource.  

Code of Conduct

Equal Access: No participants shall on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin or disability, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right privilege, advantage, or opportunity.

Behavior: Participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. The following guidelines have been developed to make recreation department programs safe and enjoyable for all participants. Additional rules may be developed for particular programs and leagues as deemed necessary by the staff.

Participants shall

 

� show respect to all participants, volunteers and staff
� refrain from using foul language
� refrain from causing bodily harm to other participants, volunteers and staff
� show respect for equipment, supplies and facilities

Discipline: A positive approach will be used. The Halifax Youth and Recreation Department reserves the right to dismiss a participant. Each situation will be evaluated on its own merit.  

Park Regulations

Help Keep Your Parks Clean: Please place your garbage or rubbish in the proper rubbish containers located on all parks, fields and playgrounds.

Property Damage: No person shall deface, disfigure, break, cut, tamper with, displace or remove from any park, park property, either permanent or temporary.

Dogs: Must be leashed at all times. Owner shall remove all waste deposited by his or her animal in all areas of parks.

Vehicles: Vehicle parking is only allowed in designated areas. No vehicles are allowed to park on any grass area without the permission from the Halifax Youth and Recreation Department and the Halifax Police Department.