Open Space & Recreation Committee

masconomo park

Missed the first Open Space and Recreation Plan Public Forum and Virtual Open House?

View a recording of it here! And be sure to visit the Virtual Open House to take a quick survey on those natural and recreational assets that you value most. The Public Forum and Open House will be available through 9/11.

Questions about the plan? Contact

Courtney Lewis

Regional Planner, MAPC at

Agendas & Minutes

Please view the most recent agendas and minutes.


  • Curtis Rising, At-Large, 2023
  • Helen Bethell, At-Large, 2021
  • Deb Friaze, Coastal Stream Team Rep, 2023
  • Olga Hayes, Co-chair, Parks & Rec Committee Rep, 2022
  • Steve Gang, Co-chair, Conservation Commission Rep, 2022
  • Nicoloa McHugh, At-Large, 2021
  • Parker Harrison, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Rep, 2022


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.