Introduction to the Trees of Library Park

The Holyoke Public Library was built in 1900-1902 on land donated for that purpose by the Holyoke Water Power Company. Before that time, the land had been used as an athletic field. Early names for the park were "Dude's Park" and "Athletic Park." Tap Map of the Tree Tour to start the tour.

The first known tree-planting in the park by the city of Holyoke was in 1875. Sadly, no records of what was planted have been found and many trees have come and gone in those 145 years.

Early documents specified that the land around the Library be maintained as a park for the enjoyment of the public and that intention has been honored to the present day. The park itself was renovated in 2015 with the help of a Community Development Block Grant.

This tour, made with the expertise of local forester Tom Kass, introduces many of the trees that now grace the Library's grounds and provides tips for how to identify these species while on your own explorations in the city and beyond.

More about the History of Library Park

Navigating this Site - Desktop Computer

Start by selecting a tree from the Map of the Tree Tour or the List of Trees.

Read more about a particular tree by clicking on the +Read More button. If there are dots below the image of a tree, you may click on these or just swipe with your cursor to see additional images. To move to the next or previous stops on the tour, use the blue arrows on each side of the screen. Touching Next or Previous Tree at the bottom of the screen will also move you through the tour.

Click on the Map of the Tree Tour button to return to the map. Click the "home" icon at the top or bottom of the screen to return to the starting page for all of our tours.

Navigating this Site - Mobile Device

Start by selecting a site from the Map of the Tree Tour or the List of Trees.

Read more about a particular tree by touching the +Read More button. Swipe left or right on an image to see more pictures of that tree. Swipe left or right anywhere outside the image to move to the next or previous stop on the tour. Touching Next or Previous Tree at the bottom of the screen will also move you through the tour.

The left arrow on the black bar will also take you to the previous page.

Touch the Map of the Tree Tour to return to the map. Touch the "home" icon at the top or bottom of the screen to return to the starting page for all of our tours.