COVID-19 NOTICE AND REOPENING UPDATES
The City of Manchester is committed to protecting and promoting the health of our community. While a handful of park facilities remain closed, most amenities have reopened with safety guidelines in place.
If you choose to enjoy one of our parks at this time, we ask that you and your children follow the safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the additional rules we have posted on site.
See below for the current status of all our park facilities and programs.* We also encourage you to Follow Parks & Rec to receive important announcements by email or social media.
Tennis and Pickleball Courts
Courts are OPEN. In both cases, players must observe the safety rules posted on site, which include USTA COVID-19 guidelines.
Basketball Courts, Soccer Mini-pitches, Playground Structures and Derryfield Fit Lot
These amenities are OPEN. Users must observe the safety rules posted on site, which include:
- Prohibition on use for those with COVID-19 symptoms or those recently in contact with someone infected with COVID-19
- Best practices to minimize virus transmission
Golf and Disc Golf Courses
The Derryfield Country Club golf course and The Hollows disc golf complex are OPEN. Safety rules are in place at both locations to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
Trails and Open Spaces
All trails and large park spaces remain OPEN for activities that comply with CDC guidelines.
Athletic fields are OPEN. At this time, fields are available for reservation by Manchester residents or organizations only. Priority will be given to Manchester youth and schools. Users must follow the Governor’s current guidance on amateur and youth sports.
Please note that Gill Stadium remains unavailable for reservation by the general public due to reduced staffing levels.
At this time, requests to reserve park spaces for organized events are being entertained on a case-by-case basis.
As a general rule, events of shorter duration that allow for attendees to consistently distance themselves from one another are more likely to be approved.
All municipal swimming pools (Livingston, Hunt and Raco-Theodore) are currently closed.**
Hunt Pool is scheduled to be opened later this summer. We are in the process of hiring/training staff and implementing COVID-19 safety protocols, with a tentaive opening date of August 1. Other pools will remain closed for the season.
The Dupont Splash Pad is currently closed**. We are in the process of hiring/training staff and implementing COVID-19 protocols in order to open around mid-July.
Crystal Lake Beach
Crystal Lake Beach is currently closed**. We are in the process of hiring/training staff and implementing COVID-19 safety protocols in order to open around mid-July.
Youth Summer Programming
Due to complications arising from COVID-19, the traditional Fun in the Sun day camp is cancelled for 2020.**
What's taking its place? Parks & Rec will be offering small-group, multi-day camps for sports, STEM, and arts and crafts; some good old-fashioned fun with egg drops, paper airplanes, water balloons, and scavenger hunts; tennis lessons; story walks; and more! Visit our Youth Programs page for upcoming activities.
Looking for things you can do at home? See the Recreation Directory on our Facebook page or Announcements page for safe and fun activities you and your children can start enjoying now!
Want to see what else is going on? Take a look at the Manchester Summer Family Fun Guide 2020 for a brochure of the many Manchester organizations and activities serving children and families this summer.
Independence Day Fireworks
On the advice of local health professionals and to minimize the risk of community spread of the virus, the City's 2020 Independence Day Fireworks have been cancelled.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are producing three fireworks shows at Delta Dental Stadium around the July 4th holiday, with COVID-19 safety rules implemented in a controlled environment. For tickets and more information, visit the Fisher Cats website or call their front office at (603) 641-2005.
The Livingston Park restroom is OPEN. The Crystal Lake Park restroom is currently closed but will reopen along with the beach in mid-July (see above). Restrooms are scheduled for high-frequency and enhanced cleanings.
*We continue to consult with local health professionals, monitor guidance from the Governor, and evaluate available staffing levels. As circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve, the status of some facilities and programs may change.
**For a better understanding of the difficult decisions involved in closing our aquatic facilities and cancelling Fun in the Sun, read our Open Letter to the Community.
The Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division manages over 1,400 acres of park, cemetery and school grounds, as well as recreational programs that reach thousands of residents each year.
Our vision is an interconnected system of parks, trails, memorials, facilities and programs that promote healthy individuals and communities through:
Four seasons of diverse and inclusive recreational activities
Opportunities to access and enjoy Manchester’s natural amenities
Celebrations of life, art, history, culture and place
Safe and attentive management of grounds, buildings and programs
Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Commission
Joseph Gallagher, Chairman