Jogging / Walking
There is no doubt about it... one of the things that makes Massena special is that we are a community of walkers, joggers and stroller pushers. For exercise, relaxing after a family meal or to socialize, you'll find many residents out and about on our village sidewalks and residential streets. One of the favorite walking & jogging spots in Massena is the John Story Trail located around the Massena School property. Grab a friend and pick up the trail from the parking lots at either Nightengale or the High School; or, where Churchill, Sherwood or Nightengale overlap the school property. If you're more inclined to jogging on a track, you can also enjoy seasonal access to the track located on Massena High School's campus.
For more of a hike, take to the Nature Center trails that wind through the Robert Moses State Park on Barnhart Island. Or, if less rugged terrain is your preference, join the St. Lawrence Centre Mall Walkers Club for your brisk walk, year-round.
The purpose of the Massena Basketball Association (MBA) is to provide an organized, nurturing instructional basketball program for the youth of the Massena New York area -- with an emphasis on sportsmanship and fun. Through well-designed drills and practices, the MBA's House League offers divisions for kids in grades K - 2, 3 - 4 and 5 - 6. As they master playing skills, competition is added to improve their overall understanding of the game, playing as a team and the essentials of sportsmanship. A Traveling League is offered to expose participants to other organized basketball programs, to challenge players at higher skill levels, while promoting community pride and sportsmanship. Traveling Teams are formed for grades 5 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 10 & 11 - 12. For current schedules and more information, visit the MBA website.
Get the gang together for a pick up game of softball... or get involved in one of our youth or adult softball leagues with registrations starting in the spring. You'll find two diamonds at Alcoa Field Recreation Park (one under the lights), two at Bushnell Park (one under the lights). In addition, there are two girls' softball fields located at Gerry Cullen Field (across from the Wooden Playground on Danforth Street) and another two next to the Massena Arena.
Tennis, Basketball, Skateboarding & Horseshoes
You'll find four tennis courts (lighted until 9:30 p.m. through the summer) at Alcoa Field Recreation Park off of Woodlawn Avenue, as well as a basketball court and four regulation-sized horseshoe pits. For our 'boarders, there's an outdoor skateboard park available next to the Massena Arena in the Annex.
Hundreds of boys and girls enjoy Massena Little League Baseball -- from tee ball, to coach-pitch and beyond; beginners to all-stars. You'll find one regulation field and a tee ball field at Springs Park and two Little League diamonds at the North Main Street Park. In addition to Little League play, the Recreation Baseball Program helps kids learn the finer aspects of the game from members of the Massena High School Varsity Baseball Team beginning in early July. For this year's schedule, contact the Rec Commission at 769-3161.
The envy of many communities, Massena has a hugely popular youth soccer program. Kids age 4 - 19 participate in Massena's AYSO soccer program that runs from late summer into early fall. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) mandates that every child plays, that teams be balanced, that interest & enthusiasm are the only requirements to register, that positive coaching leads to better all-around players and that good sportsmanship is paramount. Registration dates and information are usually provided to all school aged children in May of each year.
Ask a hockey parent and they'll tell you there are really only 2 seasons in Massena... hockey season and that one week sometime during the summer after 3-on-3 leagues finish and before hockey camps start. Virtually from the moment they start to walk, you'll find kids getting laced into their first pair of hockey skates, donning a helmet and using trimmed down, flat-blade hockey sticks for balance as they begin their quest for NHL fame. Massena has long had a reputation as a hockey town -- from our littlest competitors to our alumni pick up games.
Massena Minor Hockey Association
The Massena Arena serves as base camp for the Massena Minor Hockey Association (MMHA) which teaches kids the skills of hockey, the thrill of competition and the value of teamwork. The MMHA is a member of USA Hockey, you can learn more about the program by visiting the MMHA website or contacting a member of their board. The Arena is also the home of Massena High School Hockey and the Massena Figure Skating Club.
St. Lawrence Centre
The St. Lawrence Centre Arena offers year-round recreational skating sessions, learn-to-skate programs, 3-on-3 summer leagues as well as other youth and adult programs. For a current schedule of activities or get more information, visit the St. Lawrence Centre Arena's website or call them at 764-0684.
You'll also find 3 community outdoor rinks through the winter -- located at the annex next to the Arena, at Alcoa Recreation Field off of Woodlawn and next to the Wooden Creative Playground on Danforth Street. After hosting indoor skating from September through March, the Massena Arena removes the ice to host major events.