By Former Councilman Sam Fruscione
As you drive from Niagara Falls State Park and you enter Pine Avenue, a predominantly Italian neighborhood full of restaurants, bakeries and delis for the past 100 years you eventually come upon Hyde Park. Hyde Park known by locals as the “Jewel of Niagara Falls” is located at the foot of Little Italy Niagara.
Hyde Park is open during all four seasons of the year. Therefore, there is always something for individuals and families to do at Hyde Park.
First of all, the municipal golf course at Hyde Park can be both challenging and basic. There are three courses, two 9-hole courses and one 18-hole course. So what ever your skill level may be at golf Hyde Park will have the right course for you. The greens at Hyde Park are some of the oldest in the United States. The original greens were imported from England approximately 100 years ago. Hyde Park Municipal Golf Course offers picturesque views and challenging play for the golfer. Besides when you finish your round of golf be sure to stop at the Greens Restaurant by the clubhouse for a relaxing beverage or meal with your friends.
Other sports played by locals and tourists at Hyde Park are bocce, lawn bowling, tennis and baseball. The bocce league is one of the largest leagues in Western New York. Hundreds of players gather every Wednesday and Thursday evening to play bocce. Niagara Falls also hosts the oldest tennis leagues in New York State.
Professional baseball returned to Hyde Park in 2007. Niagara Falls has a long and rich history with professional baseball. Starting in May fans fill Sal Maglie Stadium nightly to watch the Niagara Power play baseball. Sal Maglie stadium is a state of the art stadium located in the heart of Hyde Park. Former Major League players Sal Maglie and Rick Manning spent their youth playing baseball at Hyde Park
During the spring and summer families come to Hyde Park to picnic at one of our many pavilions. Every summer Hyde Park is the epicenter for family reunions. Families from all over the USA gather at Hyde Park for a memorable a pleasant experience. Children can swim at Hyde Parks Olympic size pool. Meanwhile, the little ones can frolic and splash and the newly renovated wading pool.
Many come to Hyde Park to walk around and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Hyde Park’s famous rose garden is a popular place for weddings and photos. Hyde Park Lake is surrounded by a vast amount of green space and wild life. Tourists and locals come to feed the ducks and geese at Duck Island. Others come to fish at the many hotspots on Hyde Park Lake. Hyde Park Lake has been stocked with trout on a yearly basis. The lake is used annually for the Niagara Falls fishing derby.
If you visit Hyde Park during the winter and fall ice hockey dominates the daily activities at the park. Tournaments from Canada and New York State take place daily at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. Open skating is also available for those that enjoy ice-skating.
Finally Hyde Park will be the host of the Niagara Holiday Lights. This drive thru holiday light display runs from November 21 until December 31 every year. There is free skating on the weekends for the kids and Santa Claus is always available for photos. Be sure to take your family for a ride through a beautiful animated holiday lights experience and then stop and eat at one of our great restaurants in Little Italy with your family.
With the many activities available during all four seasons Hyde Park truly is the “Jewel of Niagara Falls,”