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Parks, Trails and Facilities

The Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division manages over 1,000 acres of parkland, including athletic fields, recreational facilities, trails and open spaces.   


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.  Send us an email with the following forms filled out and attached:

  1. Field Permit Application
  2. 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

Note that, due to reduced staffing, Gill Stadium remains closed and unavailable for reservations at this time.


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 of shorter duration 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 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 and send us an email if you wish to hold an event that may qualify, or if you want to discuss your options in detail. 

Large 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.  

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