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

475 Valley Street
Manchester, NH 03103

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

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Shortcut: www.manchesternh.gov/parks

The City of Manchester takes great pride in the near 2,000 acres of green space for its residents' uses including facilities, fields, trails and cemeteries with various amenities. Please browse through the site to take advantage of all that the Queen City has to offer. The site includes tons of information on recreational leagues and opportunities for kids and adults.

Our Mission

To provide quality recreational facilities and programs to serve the public and enhance the quality of life.

Our Vision

To be a progressive agency that meets the recreational and leisure needs of residents while complementing the city’s economic and redevelopment goals.


Name Title Phone Extension
Tom Mattson Parks Operations Manager (603) 624-6444 5313
Andy Vachon Recreation Enterprise Manager (603) 624-6444 5314
Michael Baer Urban Forester (603) 624-6444 5350
Judith Aron Cemetery Supervisor (603) 624-6514  

Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Commission

  • Robert Blaisdell, Chairman
  • Richard Powers
  • George "Butch" Joseph, Clerk
  • Andrew Manning
  • William Craig


Parks Headlines

15 Summer Lifeguard Positions Available At City Pools

The City of Manchester has 15 openings for certified lifeguards to work at its five aquatic facilities for $13.70 per hour. Eligible candidates must be: 17 years of age or older, be a certified lifeguard and must pass the swimming and written skills evaluation.

“The State is experiencing a shortage of certified lifeguards”, explains Recreation Enterprise Manager Andy Vachon. “The shortage has caused vacancies that we need to fill as quickly as possible, so none of our aquatic facilities experience any disruptions in service over the summer.”    Andy went on to say, “One of the reasons contributing to the shortage of qualified applicants is the substantial cost associated with the certification course.  The good news is we have a plan to help candidates get certified while significantly reducing their cost”.

The City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Division, in conjunction with SwimNH, will offer the three day Lifeguard Certification course on June 26, 27 and 29th at a reduced cost of $275.00.  Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Division will reimburse half that cost to any applicant who passes the course and fulfills the fulltime summer working session. Morning swim sessions will be held at Hunt Pool (297 Maple Street) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily, while the afternoon classroom sessions will be at the Department of Public Works (475 Valley Street) from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM daily.

For more information or to register contact Recreation Enterprise Manager Andy Vachon at 603-624-6444 or via e-mail at Karen@swimnh.com.

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