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Parks and Recreation Division

Manchester has over 2,000 acres of public parkland, as well as facilities and programs that support four seasons of recreation.

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View progress on the Rockingham Rail Trail!


Our Commitment

We are committed to protecting and promoting the health of the community.  

We are working to keep facilties open and programs running, with safety protocols firmly in place.

We continue to:

As circumstances evolve, we will adapt. Follow us to get the latest announcements.

Please note: By order of the Governor, all NH indoor ice skating rinks are temporarily closed. Parks & Rec personnel are implementing additional protocols to meet the new safety guidelines outlined in the order. 

On Oct 30, we will begin transitioning major renters back into the ice arenas, with the goal of all renters having access again by Nov 7. Please note that skaters, program personnel and referees will need to have obtained one of the following in order to enter the arenas:

  • (a) a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered between Oct 15 and Nov 6

  • (b) a positive result from a COVID-19 test administered within the three months preceding Oct 15

Public Skate will resume on Oct 31, but face masks will now be required on the ice.

Stick and Puck will resume on Nov 9.

Your Role

When using our parks, we ask that you:

  • Follow the facility-specific COVID-19 safety rules posted on site

  • Comply with standard CDC safety measures

View the physical distancing infographic posted at our open spaces and trails.

About Us

Parks & Rec is a component of the Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division of the Department of Public Works

Our personnel manage:

City of Manchester Parks, Recreation & Cemetery logo.  The sky's the limit!Vision

We envision an interconnected system of parks, trails, memorials, facilities and programs that promote healthy individuals and communities through:

  • Four seasons of diverse and inclusive recreation

  • Opportunities to access and enjoy natural amenities

  • Celebrations of life, art, history, culture and place

  • Safe and attentive management of grounds, buildings and programs

ValuesManchester Spirit logo

We strive to embody the core values of the City of Manchester: 

  • Provide exceptional SERVICE. Be responsive, transparent, and efficient. 

  • Work with PRIDE. Act professionally. Apply best practices. Continually improve.

  • Demonstrate INTEGRITY. Be honest, trustworthy, and accountable.

  • Show RESPECT. Treat everyone with dignity. Embrace diversity. Listen.

  • Take INITIATIVE. Explore ideas. Be resourceful. Act.

  • Promote TEAMWORK. Collaborate and build trust – among colleagues, across departments, with the public.

Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Commission

Michael Dimos, Chairman
Stephen Connors, Secretary
Sara Beaudry
Kenneth O'Shaughnessy
Dave Flurey

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Contact Information

City of Manchester
Dept of Public Works
Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Division

475 Valley Street
Manchester, NH 03103

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Phone: (603) 624-6444
Fax: (603) 624-6487

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