The beautiful campus of Westfield State University is located in the city limits of Westfield proper. The college was founded in 1838 and is the first co-educational college in America to admit students regardless of their race, class, or gender. The university provides comprehensive graduate and postgraduate programs with a relatively small student body and a great student-to-professor ratio. It is also a great asset to the Westfield community, as residents are encouraged to explore and enjoy the verdant campus and certain spaces at WSU are available to be rented out for community events. The influx of students in the town's population brings vitality to the nightlife there with trendy restaurants, galleries, and other local shops.
Whether it is Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, residents of Westfield enjoy the amenities of Stanley Park. Located in Westfield, the park is unique in a few ways. First of all, it is not a city park, but a private non-profit which is funded through charitable donations and the labor of volunteers. The park is also home to a number of interesting attractions that are hard to find anywhere else. For example, the park has fossilized dinosaur prints on display as well as an expansive rose garden with over 250 rose plants of 50 different varieties. A favorite of the locals is feeding the ducks and the trademark black squirrels around Stanley Park's duck pond.