Upcoming Events

  1. Council on Aging MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Treasurers Report
    4. FY2018 Budget
    5. Friends
    6. Discuss Upcoming Monthly Meetings (March - Nancy Hoff (Greenfield Savings), April - Lake House Lunch, May)
    7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    8. Public Comments
    9. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Mar 1 02:00 pm
  2. Police Chief Search Committee MeetingAgenda

    2.  MINUTES
         A.  Revised Interview Questions
         B.  Preliminary Candidate Consideration
    The Police Chief Search Committee may enter into Executive Session as allowed by M.G.L. c30A §21(a) 8 to consider or interview applicants for employment or appointment by a preliminary screening committee if the chair declares that an open meeting will have a detrimental effect in obtaining qualified applicants.
    7.  ADJOURN
    The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Wed, Mar 1 04:00 pm
  3. Library MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Executive Director's Report
    4. Staff Evaluations
    5. Treasurer's Report
    6. Building & Maintenance - HV/AC discussion
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Mar 1 07:00 pm
  4. Planning Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Abbatiello Special Permit
    3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    4. Discussion of Form 1 submittal for Telecommunications and Associate Member Bylaws
    5. Discussion on proposed Senior Citizens Housing Bylaw
    6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    7. Upcoming Meetings
    8. Adjourn the Meeting
    Wed, Mar 1 07:30 pm
  5. MLP Advisory Board MeetingAgenda
    1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
    2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
    3. Review MBI, Baker Admin, Legislators and Regional Activity
    4. Recommendation to Select Board
    5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
    6. Upcoming Meetings
    7. Adjourn the Meeting
    Tue, Mar 7 07:00 pm
Ashfield Beach

"Ashfield Beach" by Charlie Heath

Parks Commission

Online Survey

The Parks Commission would like to hear from Ashfield residents to help us gather information for long term planning.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this simple online survey.  The survey will be active from March 1st through April 1st.




  • Ashfield Park Commission, P.O. Box 560, Ashfield, MA 01330


Meetings are scheduled as needed at Town Hall.

Commission members

Sally Rice     2018
Judy Haupt     2019 
Kyle Taylor     2017

 Note: There are no swim lessons offered the summer of 2016.  Swim lessons are available from Buckland Recreation.


  1. Prepare Belding Memorial Park Annual Budget.
  2. Oversee maintenance of the Belding Memorial Park
  3. Implement rules and regulations mandated per Massachusetts state law
  4. Direct the operation of the lake facility and beach
  5. Hire life guards and support personnel
  6. Purchase supplies
  7. Authorize payment of invoices
  8. Conduct monthly public meeting
  9. Take minutes at monthly public meeting
  10. Other duties include lay out plans and improve park, make rules for the use including a police force to act in such parks. The Park and Recreation Commission will define the powers and duties and do all acts needful for the proper execution of their powers and duties. The Park and Recreation Commission will have the power to conduct park programs and recreation activities at places other than such public parks.

Our Trust from Milo M. Belding, Jr. when he donated the land around the lake to the town, as a memorial to his father Milo Merrick Belding and his mother, Emily Leonard Belding in 1928;

To have and to hold the granted premises with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging, including any buildings erected thereon, to the said inhabitants of the Town of Ashfield forever, in trust nevertheless for the perpetual use and maintenance thereon as a Public Park for the use and benefit of any and all the residents of the Town of Ashfield. It being a condition of this transfer and dedication of such park to public use that no part thereof and no buildings thereon shall ever be leased, occupied or used for any private business or residence, or in any way that will impair its beauty or interfere with its free and uninterrupted use a pleasure resort for the inhabitants of the Town. Said Public Park to be known as the “M. M. Belding, Jr. Memorial Park

Belding Memorial Park Rules and Regulations

Voted 03/05/1960

  1. No person shall build a fire for any purpose except in the places provided.
  2. The cutting, mutilating, moving or taking away of trees, shrubs, flowers or wood, is prohibited.
  3. Disorderly conduct, obscene or indecent language or behavior, or the possession or drinking of intoxicating liquors is prohibited.
  4. No person shall permit a dog to be at large in the bathing areas of the Park.
  5. Hunting, trapping and the use of fire-arms is prohibited in the Park.
  6. No person shall remove or deface any sign, poster or building within the Park.
  7. Garbage and other refuse resulting from picnicking or other causes shall be deposited in containers for that purpose.
  8. No person shall operate a motor vehicle or bicycle on any Park property other than within the parking areas of the Park, and furthermore, shall operate at a speed not in excess of ten(10) miles per hour. (As Amended 4/16/1985)
  9. The maximum horsepower of any power-operated boat or canoe using the waters of Ashfield Lake, shall not exceed five (5) horsepower. ( as amended 4/7/1984
  10. No person shall anchor or moor any raft or float, nor construct any pier or dock within the limits of the Park, without first obtaining a written permit from the Park Commission to do so.
  11. No glass containers, etc., will be permitted to be taken into the beach or swimming area in the Park.
  12. Persons using the facilities of the Park must observe all regulations set up by the Park Commission and comply with any request made by a life guard or other person in charge of the area.
  13. The use of the Park beach shall be limited to Ashfield residents and/or taxpayers of the Town of Ashfield and their guests.