Manchester has over 2,000 acres of publicly-accessible parkland and open space, including a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities that accomodate four seasons of recreational interests.*
*We ask that you follow current CDC safety guidelines, in addition to the location-specific COVID-19 rules posted on-site.
Explore Your Options!
In Manchester, you will find an abundance of public recreation areas, including: athletic fields and courts; ice arenas; playgrounds; aquatics facilities; golf and disc golf courses; walking and biking trails; fishable waters; manicured parks; and open space.
Many of these are available for reservation upon request. Depending on the location and planned activity, fees may apply.
Explore the 47 public parks that are lovingly maintained for the enjoyment of Manchester residents and visitors.
All of Manchester's public parks are managed by the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Division, with the exception of the Manchester Dog Park (operated by a non-profit organization) and the Lake Massabesic Watershed (maintained by Water Works). Lake Massabesic and the surrounding recreational areas provide opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, and horseback riding.
Play hockey or practice your ice skating at one of two public ice facilities: the West Side Arena and JFK Coliseum. The JFK Coliseum doubles as an indoor event space during spring and summer, once the ice is removed in April.
Ski and Tubing Slopes
Enjoy skiing and snow tubing right in the heart of Manchester at the McIntyre Ski Area. There is a 9,000 square foot lodge and an outdoor bar and grille from July through mid-fall.
Get your rounds in at the eighteen-hole Derryfield Country Club municipal golf course, encompassing 116 acres in the center of the Queen City.
During the winter months, enjoy some cross country skiing on the course. Trails are groomed after significant snowfall. (Please stay on the trails and avoid the greens, which are marked with wooden stakes and yellow tape.)
Disc Golf Complex
Throw some discs at one of two, eighteen-hole courses designed by former World Champion Eric McCabe that together form The Hollows disc golf complex.
Cool off during the summer months at one of three public swimming pools (Hunt Memorial, Raco-Theodore, or Livingston), at the Dupont Splash Pad, or at Crystal Lake Beach.
Play a game or watch one at historic Gill Stadium, a multi-purpose facility in the heart of Manchester with a grandstand seating capacity of 2,220.
Get moving on one of the many dedicated walking and biking trails that weave through Manchester parks and across urban areas of the city.
Relax next to one of six urban ponds situated within Manchester parks, volunteer your time to help with pond restoration efforts, or do both!
In winter, enjoy an old-fashioned ice skating experience on Dorrs Pond in Livingston Park! When weather permits, Parks & Rec crews clear the ice of snow, creating a free outdoor skating venue. Thaw out by the wood stove in the nearby Warming Hut.
When school is not in session, check out the many school grounds with play areas open to the general public.
Visit the fourteen military squares created throughout Manchester to honor residents who lost their lives in service to their country.
Make a Reservation
Depending on the nature of your event, you will need to submit an application for either an Athletic Field Permit, a Park Event Reservation, or a Special Event.
Athletic Field Permits
COVID-19 STATUS: At this time, athletic fields are available for reservation by Manchester residents or organizations only. Priority will be given to Manchester youth organizations and schools.
Even if you or your organization previously submitted a reservation request for 2020, you must submit a new one. Email us with the following forms filled out and attached:
- Field Permit Application
- COVID-19 Safety Commitment Form
Before submitting a reservation request, we urge you to read closely the Governor’s current guidance on amateur and youth sports.
Park Event Reservations
COVID-19 STATUS: At this time, requests to reserve park spaces for organized events are being entertained on a case-by-case basis.
Events that allow for attendees to consistently distance themselves from one another are more likely to be approved. Note that applications for events that involve athletic activities must include a COVID-19 Safety Commitment Form even if a designated athletic field is not part of the reservation request.
Small Park Events
Events that involve fewer than 100 attendees and no special features (such as amplified sound, stages, tents or food sales) will be approved or rejected at the sole discretion of the Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division. Such events may include picnics, weddings, family reunions or other private social gatherings.
Review our standard park reservation application. If you wish to hold an event or want to discuss your options in detail, send us an email.
Large Park Events
For events with 100 or more attendees, and for some smaller events, you must submit a Special Event Application and obtain approval from multiple City departments. For details, consult the Special Event Guide.