The City of Amsterdam is fortunate to have well over 25 green spaces and public parks for the residents and visitors to enjoy. These parks not only contribute to the lifestyle of the residents here but also distinguish Amsterdam from other communities in the area.
Riverlink Park is located on the Mohawk River in the City of Amsterdam, and overseen by the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation. The Park offers a boat dock as well as fresh water and electrical power for visitors traveling along the River by boat. The park also features the Riverlink Cafe located on site that offers food and drinks for all of its visitors. Families are welcome as there is also a playground for children to enjoy throughout the summer. The Riverlink Park also plays host to several events throughout the summer months, including:
- Summer Concert Series at Riverlink Park - July & August - (Download the 2009 Summer Concert Schedule)
- Canal Fest, August 8th and 9th - A Celebration of the History of the Eire Canal
- Fireworks in the park - July 4th
The park received major renovations to the public restrooms located in the pavilion. A second softball field was added courtesy of the Amsterdam Girls Softball League, and renovations continued to the baseball field courtesy of the Amsterdam Baseball Club. Plans were also developed for a mile-long walking path along the Chuctununda Creek, which include a footbridge spanning the creek from the park to a proposed parking area on Crescent Avenue. The park had over 50,000 visitors in 2008.
In conjunction with St. Mary's Hospital and the Amsterdam Little League, the Amsterdam Recreation Department was able to go ahead with plans to construct a new 200 foot baseball field at the lower end of the park. The Amsterdam Little League will use the facility, for kid's age 5-12 years old. Future plans include a concession stand, which will not only serve the league but also provide a great service to park visitors as well. The facility will be ready for use in the summer of 2009 and has a price tag of $45,000. Also taking place in the park is the construction of a new home for the Amsterdam Youth Soccer Club. Work has begun on the club's new soccer fields and concession area. The plans call for three to four new soccer fields to be built along with a new concession stand. The area should be ready for use by the fall of 2009.
Barkley School Park/Playground
Located on the South Side of Amsterdam, this park is part of Barkley Elementary School and offers playground equipment, a basketball court and a football field for the Little Giants youth football program.
Isabels Baseball Complex
Located on upper Clizbe Avenue, this park is host to the Amsterdam Cal Ripken Baseball League. This league serves children ages 5 - 12 and runs from April through October.
Kirk Douglas Park
Named after actor and former resident of Amsterdam, Kirk Douglas. This park is located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic Chuctunanda Creek. The park offers playground equipment, and sitting benches for all to enjoy.
Established as a bird sanctuary by the Century Club of Amsterdam, this wooded area borders the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course and contains a wonderful large wooden playground constructed by volunteers in the community.
Located between Guy Park Avenue and Division Street in Amsterdam, this park is dedicated to the memory of all veterans and in remembrance of Pvt. Frank J. Sirchia, an Amsterdam resident who died during the invasion on the beachhead at Normandy France, June 6th 1944. The park offers playground equipment as well as two basketball courts and a handball court.
West End World War I Memorial
Complete with six new flag poles that fly flags dedicated to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard. The flagpole holding the American Flag is also now lit during evening hours.
Wilbur H. Lynch Complex
The Wilbur H. Lynch Complex is adjacent to the Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy and the McNulty School of the Arts. The complex includes a state of the art field turf football stadium used by the Amsterdam High School football and lacrosse teams. Other features of the complex include several tennis and basketball courts which are open to the public. In addition to the basketball courts you will find the 4 Diamonds, a cluster of 4 softball/baseball fields spread over several acres used by both High School and intramural leagues throughout the Spring and Summer.