PARKS & RECREATION AREAS
Listed below are the parks & recreation areas within the Town of Manchester that fall under the jurisdiction of the Parks & Recreation Department.
Located at 119 Beach Street; Singing Beach is just shy of ½ of a mile wide. The bathhouse at Singing Beach was built in the early 1920’s and features a small canteen/snack stand which is privately run. There is also a men’s & women’s restroom. The men’s restroom features 2 sinks, 2 toilet stalls, 3 urinals, 4 showers and 5 changing stalls. The women’s restroom features 7 toilet stalls, 2 sinks, 2 showers and 8 changing stalls. The accessible restroom features 1 toilet and 1 sink plus a baby changing station. The parking lot features 120 parking spaces. The facility is open weekends only from Memorial Day until Manchester Schools get out for the summer and then opens up 7 days per week thru Labor Day.
Located at 17 Tuck's Point Road; Tuck’s Point Park features a small beach which is good for families, a Rotunda that reaches out into the water, a Picnic Pavilion called the Chowder House which is available for rentals, a swing set with 3 swings and a small permanent restroom with separate men’s & women’s bathrooms. Parking at this facility can hold approximately 125 cars and is for Manchester residents only unless you are part of a group that rents out the Chowder House; in which case parking is included in the rental. The Chowder House is available to rent from Memorial Day weekend thru the 4th Saturday in September. Bathrooms at Tuck’s Point remain open until Columbus Day.
Black Beach is located on Ocean Street near the Coolidge Reservation. There are no amenities at this beach other than trash barrels. There are no parking spaces at this beach. Dogs are permitted on the beach from October 15th - April 15th.
White Beach is located on Ocean Street adjacent to Black Beach. During the summer months there is 1 Porta Potty here and some trash barrels. There are and approximately 20 parking spaces which are designated resident parking only year round. Dogs are permitted on the beach from October 15th - April 15th.
Located on Shore Drive; this beach is a small piece of land that can only be accessed thru the City of Gloucester. When you drive into Magnolia on Shore Drive, the piece of land is below the basketball court. The City of Gloucester owns both the basketball court and the parking spaces located here and you need a Gloucester Parking permit to park here. There are no amenities here. The other side of the property is privately owned so there is no public access except through Gloucester.
This small beach is located on Harbor Street before you get to the private road on Boardman Avenue. There are no amenities at this beach and only two parking spaces for Manchester residents. Dogs are permitted on the beach from October 15th - April 15th.
Crowell Chapel is a small gothic looking stone structure located at 4 Rosedale Avenue in Manchester, Mass. Commissioned to be built by Susan Crowell in memory of her brother Benjamin Franklin Crowell in 1903, the chapel is one of Manchester’s hidden jewels. The chapel is rented out for weddings, concerts, baptisms and funerals.
Located at the corner of Norwood Ave & Brook Street; Coach Field Playground features a multipurpose athletic field which is used for soccer, football, field hockey, and lacrosse. The Park also features two lighted tennis courts which are available for anyone to use for free when they are not being used by the Town or the School District for lessons. There are no permanent bathrooms at this facility; however a porta potty is placed in the park from April – October.
Located at 113 Summer Street; Sweeney Park features two small basketball courts with lights; a Little League Baseball Diamond with lights; a skim softball diamond with lights and a concrete skateboard park. There are no permanent bathrooms at Sweeney Park; however there are two porta potties located in the park from April – October. IIn addition, Manchester-Essex Little League built and donated a snackstand to the Park which is generally open during games and is staffed by Little League volunteers.
Located across from 60 Beach Street; Masconomo Park features a little league baseball field, a children’s playground and a bandstand. There are also several dozen benches located throughout the park and along the harbor. There are no permanent bathrooms at Masconomo Park; however there is 1 porta potty located in the park from April – October.
Located at the intersection of Magnolia Ave in Gloucester and Raymond Street in Manchester; this park has no amenities other than a few benches. Once the target of an intensive development proposal, Surf Park now offers community members a tranquil setting with scenic views of Kettle Cove. In April 2001, The Trust for Public Land purchased the two-acre property—site of the former Surf Restaurant—and with the Gray Beach Neighborhood Association and Magnolia Neighborhood Association, launched a campaign to convert it into a public park. Funding from the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, the federal
Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, Massachusetts Urban Self-Help program, and more than 250 private contributors helped complete the park, which was transferred to the city of Gloucester and town of Manchester-by-the-Sea in June 2002. The Trust for Public Land also helped create the nonprofit Surf Park Trust to manage the park and its stewardship endowment.Surf Park is located at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue in Gloucester and Raymond Street in Manchester, Massachusetts.
The following recreational areas exist in Manchester but do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Parks & Recreation Department. Many of these sites can be found under the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust Website
Winthrop Field: Bridge Street & Jersey Lane
Agassiz Rock: School Street, north of Route 128
Chebacco Woods Trails: Access is from Chebacco Road, Hamilton.
On-street parking only.are great for mountain biking and cross country skiing!
Coolidge Point Reservation:
Parking is available off Summer Street. Facility run by Trustees of Rerservation
Dexter Pond/Long Hill Trail: Access off of Colburn Road
Powderhouse Hill: Access off of Friend Street, Pleasant Street, Elm Street, and Newport Park.
Wilderness Conservation Area (off School St)
Heron Pond (off School St)
Millstone Hill (off School St)
Old Manchester Essex Road (off School St)
Owls Nest (off Walker Rd and Brookwood)
Cranberry Pond (a Greenbelt Property off Forest Lane)
The Hooper Trask trails (off Magnolia Ave)