Open Space & Recreation Committee

Open space with snow

Agendas & Minutes

Please view the most recent agendas and minutes.


  • Mike Chapman, Chair, At-Large Member, 2020
  • Helen Bethell, At-large member, 2018
  • Francie Caudill, Coastal Stream Team Rep, 2020
  • Olga Hayes, Parks & Rec Committee Rep, 2019
  • Steve Gang, Conservation Commission Rep, 2022
  • Nicoloa McHugh, At-large member, 2021
  • Parker Harrison, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Rep


The purpose of the Open Space and Recreation Committee is to shepherd through those actions which are identified in Manchester's Open Space and Recreation Plan, finalized in 2014. The committee convened its first meeting in June 2015 and has been working towards monitoring and completing these actions. 

Our current project is to improve trails and signage at Powder House Hill and promote its use by town residents. We expect the project to be completed by the end of May. A walk at Powder House Hill is scheduled for Sunday, 5/31 and will be sponsored by both the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust and the Open Space and Recreation Committee. Details of the walk will be announced soon.