Parks & RecreationRecreation
The Village and Town of Greene collaborate on managing the recreation programs and facilities of the area through the Joint Recreation Committee (JRC). In 1994, the Joint Recreation Commission worked with the Greene Central School District and outside consultants to produce the Greene Recreation Study and Master Plan, which reviewed recreational facilities and opportunities in the Town and Village of Greene and laid out an implementation strategy for long-term improvement. This effort led to a successful campaign to raise funds and build a town pool and athletic fields in cooperation with the Greene Central School District.
The following public recreational facilities are available to Town residents:
Indoor swimming pool
Other recreational opportunities available in the Town:
Labor Day 5K run & walk over a certified course. The race starts and finishes at the Greene Lion's Park
Boating / canoeing / kayaking
Cross country skiing
Hiking / horse trails
Other recreational opportunities nearby:
Also available in the Town are aerobics classes, a dance studio and martial arts classes, ceramics, theater productions, art gallery, art classes, museum, and library programs. Winter brings snowmobiling, cross country and downhill ski areas are an easy commute. The Chenango River Theater is purchasing the old Page Print building, in which they plan to develop into a professional theater featuring Actor’s Equity members.
The Joint Recreation Committee currently works well as a means of managing and promoting recreational opportunities in the Town of Greene.
If the railroad should be abandoned, the right-of-way could become a recreation trail for hiking, bicycles, snowmobiles with a direct connection to the Chenango Valley State Park to the south, and Norwich’s proposed greenbelt system to the north. The Joint Recreation Committee might develop a plan for when it becomes available, and pursue Rails to Trails funds for its development.
The Ball Flats, located next to the Chenango River within the Village of Greene, is jointly owned and
maintained by the Town and Village of Greene, under the "Greene Intermunicipal Parks Commission"
moniker. The Ball Flats offer playground equipment as well as ball fields that are open for public use.
The Ball Flats is used by the public for family reunions and community events.
Lion’s Park, just off Washington Street, is an ongoing service project of the Lion’s Club of Greene. The 41
acre park offers two Little League baseball diamonds, a low-impact running track with space for soccer or
field hockey within the track; a horseshoe pit located near the pavilion, and plenty of open space and
parking. The fields are used by the Greene Lion's Club Little League program, the Joint Recreation
Soccer Program and the Greene High School's soccer teams. A covered and lighted pavilion (capacity
500) with kitchen facilities and rest rooms are available for rent for weddings and other events. There is
also a smaller pavilion located near the far Little League field.
Public access sites for canoeing and fishing include the pond at Cook Park, 3 miles east of the Village
of Greene on the south side of Rt. 206; Long Pond located in the Town of Smithville off Rt. 41; and Round Pond, 1 mile west of Smithville Flats. (Information courtesy of GreeneNYS.com). Camping is also available at
Plans for the Ball Flats:
A few of the plans for the Ball Flats are to construct a walking path around the park, the addition of a
pavilion, addition of a handicapped accessable restroom, and updated playground equipment. All
improvements will be financed with local funding. Monetary, material and labor donations are welcome.
Contact the Town of Greene at 656-4191 for further information.