Forest Park, 01108

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. The 18-hole Franconia Municipal Golf Course is also in the neighborhood. I-91 borders the western edge of Forest Park, offering quick access up and down the Pioneer Valley and Hartford.1153_sidebar

The 600-house Forest Park Heights Historic District was developed between 1890 and 1920, and features gracious Colonial and Tudor revivals, Queen Anne, and Shingle 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.

The Forest Park neighborhood hosts an annual Illumination Night in June which gives old and new neighbors an opportunity to meet. This is one of the many family-friendly events in this vibrant area of Springfield.img_0943_sidebar

Georgetown, on the Longmeadow line, is the neighborhood's largest condominium complex, and there are smaller condo complexes in the area.

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 413-642-0876 or

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