One of the reasons I am optimistic that Holyoke, MA will eventually bring the area around the dam and canal system back to life, is the visible signs that that process has begun and is ongoing. I’m going to give you a break today, I’m just going to share the things I saw that made me happy.
This post is part of the fun weekly blog fest called Thursday Doors. Norm Frampton is our host, and each week, he invites door lovers from around the world to come to his blog and share the doors they’ve found. If you want to share your doors, or see doors from other, just head on up to his place.
We parked in Holyoke Heritage State Park. We saved the merry-go-round for last.
Looking out over the first level canal from the entrance to the Canal Walk.
The rail line separates the parking lot of the park from the beginning of the Canal Walk. At various points during normal years, the are scenic rail trips starting at this building.
There is a little doorway in there, at the top of the stairs.
The first level canal is the most complete. There is a large playground adjacent to Holyoke Heritage State P.ark
Holyoke is the birthplace of Volleyball and the home of the hall of fame. This is on the upper edge of the first level canal.
In non-pandemic times, visitors can observe the fish pathway around the Holyoke Dam.
This is the Mt. Tom Hose House. It was the first fire station in Holyoke, built in 1849. Today it is home to commercial businesses.
I’m not sure what the workers are doing, but it’s good to see activity at one of the old mill buildings.
H.H. Richardson build the Connecticut River Railroad Station in 1883. The station is privately owned today, but is being restored.
Description and map of Holyoke Heritage Park. The information is behind glass doors.
Directory. At the first level, there are several places to visit.
Returning from our walk, we approached the merry-go-round.
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.
I love the hardware that allows the merry-go-round doors to be folded completely out of the way.