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Haverhill’s Swasey Field Spray Park Turns On the Spigots


DSC_0462 Haverhill Swasey Park BlogThe Heartbeat of Haverhill has been waiting for the new spray park to open at Swasey Field, 59 Blaisdell Street nearly as long as the neighborhood kids. And we were not disappointed with Haverhill’s newest summertime attraction.

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Haverhill’s most contemporary park is 104 years old. Swasey Field, a 14-acre park developed in 1910 for shoe factory workers and their families, turned on the spigots for the colorful spray park Memorial Weekend. And kids didn’t let an outside temp hovering just above 70-degrees, deter them from  soaking up the fun. The whole park’s multi-year facelift was made possible through the efforts of  Mayor Fiorentini and city council working with Rep Brian Dempsey to capture a $1.1 million State Parks grant plus a matching $1 million from a Community Development Block grant (CDBG) approved in 2012. The kids and the parents  can now see  and enjoy what those efforts reaped

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As a kid, THOH and our neighborhood friends ran through the sprinkler on the front lawn and squirted each other with a garden hose.  This spray park is a whole different world. The water sprays on a preset cycle, creating  suspense (Which apparatus will start spraying next?), the pad is a level playing field making it accessible for most, and there is an automatic timer that will shut off the flow at night.

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The surprise spraying cycle resulted in lots of giggles, running, and shouts from peers with instructions of where to head next. It also resulted in at least one sprinkled camera. No serious damage thankfully.

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But Swasey Field has more to offer than a good soaking.  And all the amenities were in use during our visit on a late Sunday afternoon.

Swasey Field offers:

  • the spray park
  • traditional park rides like swings and climbing apparatus
  • a rest room
  • a basketball court
  • a baseball diamond and
  • pretty walking and resting areas

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THOH thinks Haverhill has been underestimated by the people who do not know our city. With the community’s dedication to first class parks like Swasey, Plug Pond, Winnekenni, Riverside  (where a new dog park just opened) and a series of neighborhood parks slated for redevelopment, Haverhill should definitely be the envy of surrounding towns especially if we as residents do our part to keep it clean and safe.

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(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell

10 comments on “Haverhill’s Swasey Field Spray Park Turns On the Spigots

  1. Jean
    May 25, 2014

    It looks wonderful!!!

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      May 25, 2014

      THOH had a blast just watching the kids have so much fun. My lawn sprinkler could only dream of being this exciting.

  2. lynnefavreau
    May 25, 2014

    Delightful pictures Alison. I was thinking of you and the wonderful job you do reporting on the happy goings-on around Haverhill when I read about Haverhill Matters. Have you heard of this? It sounds right up your alley.

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      May 25, 2014

      Thanks for checking in. I have heard about it but have been so absorbed in the ferry restarting I haven’t pursued more info on it yet. We’ll see.

  3. Nina Brown
    June 9, 2014

    Your photographs are wonderful!!! You have captured the fun of the water spray area! Our firm designed the renovation of the park. Could you send me your contact information?


    Nina Brown

  4. Linette
    June 19, 2014

    Thank you so much for your review, and your beautiful blog! I have lived in Haverhill for 5 years…and I’m still learning about all there is to see and do.
    I’m taking my son to the spray park tomorrow! 🙂

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 19, 2014

      Hi Linette. I’ve only been here about six years and haven’t begun to run out of fun, fascinating and fabulous things to explore. Thanks for reading and enjoy the park

  5. Susie Langevin Polston
    July 24, 2017

    My father was born and raised in Haverhill and every summer we drove 16 hours from Winston Salem NC to visit my grandparents in Haverhill on Bedford St. One of our (my 7 brothers and sisters and myself ) favorite places to go was Swaseys Field. I’m so glad to see it is still there and better than ever !

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      July 24, 2017

      What a great story. Thanks for sharing that with us. I do think Haverhill has lots to offer and Swasey is really nice. They’ve added mire picnic tables and they have umbrellas.

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