Parks and Recreation
The Village of Springville is centrally located within the eight counties of Western New York. Springville offers a wide variety of recreation activities whether it be a leisurely drive through the rural countryside via the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway or a rafting excursion through Zoar Valley’s 2,939 acres of spectacular scenery, Springville is a gateway to it all.
Springville has an eclectic assortment of recreation activities. If you love nature, you can hike, camp, hunt, fish, or simply photograph spectacular surroundings in locations that are all within minutes of the village center. Erie County’s Sprague Brook Park is located just north of the village on Foote Rd. and features hiking trails, campsites, fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and picnic areas.
Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area is one of the most scenic environmental areas in Western New York. It is noted for its spectacular scenery highlighted by the Cattaraugus Creek that flows through the area. Zoar Valley features hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking in a pristine natural setting.
Scoby Dam Park is a decommissioned electric generation dam that previously provided power to residents in the area. Today, the park is a center for various water sports, fishing, and is a great place to bring your family for a picnic. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently developing a plan to open the access upstream to various fish populations that will make this area a primary fishing destination in Southern Erie County.
Winter in Springville is no reason to sit home by the fire. Holiday Valley and Kissing Bridge are two challenging ski resorts that are located minutes from Springville. Well groomed snowmobile trails are plentiful in the area and whether you want to spend an hour or spend a weekend, the miles of trails are there to accommodate you.
Springville Youth, Incorporated has provided recreation services to the Town of Concord and Village of Springville for 75 years. S.Y.I. administers youth baseball, softball, soccer, and a variety of other recreation programs. They operate a beautiful community pool at their South Buffalo Street facility that also features basketball courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas and a beautiful area where families can access Spring Creek and enjoy a short nature walk right in the heart of the bustling village. A spray park for kids is available a short distance away to cool off on those hot, summer afternoons.
If art and music are part of your recreation plans, Springville Center for the Arts may be one of your first stops. SCA includes a theater that features a wide variety of programming that appeals to any palate and also has a gallery that displays the artwork of a number of local and regional artists. The historic Joylan Theatre is an art deco style theater built in 1949 that features regular programming of newly released films in an atmosphere that will take you back to the glory days of Hollywood.
Bring a lawn chair to Fiddler’s Green Park to enjoy our Thursday night summer concert series. Each week a variety of entertainment is presented for all to enjoy free of charge. Complete the evening with a walk through our downtown area and visit our newly completed M&T Park, a pocket park that features a replica historic town clock that is symbolic of the work that Springville is doing to preserve the historic integrity and walkability of our village center.
Currently, the village is working on many exciting projects to help in enhance our area as a destination for recreation activities. Plans are being formulated to turn the former Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad line into a “Rails to Trails” model for Southern Erie County. Downtown improvement plans are focused on enhancing the walkability of the village. Make the short drive to Springville and discover the abundance of recreation opportunities that truly make this area one of the finest recreation destinations in the area.