Youth & Recreation Commission

HOPS Playground Update

The Friends of HOPS continues to hold fundraising events throughout the year.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Youth and Recreation Commission maintains the Town's athletic fields and runs various programs such as an after-school program and dances.

The youth baseball, basketball, football, cheerleading, hockey, soccer and softball programs are operated by private associations. The Town of Halifax's only responsibility is to schedule the use of fields and facilities for the various programs. The Youth and Recreation runs various programs including summer camps, vacation week camps, field trips and other activities.

The walking track behind the Halifax Elementary School is 3,400 feet long.

Note: Parking on the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Please do not park on the fields as you may be ticketed.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on the playing fields. Unfortunately, there have been too many cases in which owners fail to clean up after their dogs, resulting in messes being left behind for sports participants to deal with. Dogs are allowed at the Burrage Pond Wildlife Refuge.

The Elm Street access in Halifax to the Wildlife Refuge has been closed and cannot be used. Please use the access in Hanson off of Hawks Avenue.

Please contact Southeast District of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife at 508-759-3406 for more information about the Wildlife Refuge. A map and general information are available.

In regards to dogs, dogs must be restrained (by leash/chain or strict voice control) and all dog waste is to be removed from all areas (particularly from roads, trails and trail edges) for people to be in compliance with several laws/regulations that might apply. There are several laws and regulations that apply:

These have to do with dogs that are not controlled and the potential for them to run/harm/harass deer

Please see Section 3.01(1)(e) regarding dumping or discarding trash/waste.....this would include dog waste)

There are obviously exemptions for the use of hunting dogs for training, field trials and hunting purposes.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Richard Steele Director

Commission Members

Name Title
Richard Steele Director
Bruce Pulliam Member (2021)
Derek Bennett Member (2020)
Kenneth Boudreau Member (2021)