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Socially Distanced Concert Series

Published: 08/14/2020 4:50 PM

Manchester Parks & Rec is proud to help sponsor the Fisher Cats/Palace Theater Socially Distanced Concert Series at Delta Dental Stadium this August and September.  First Show is a Billy Joel tribute Friday August 14th at 7pm! More information.

Hunt Pool Opens Saturday

Published: 07/17/2020 8:01 PM

Hunt Memorial Swimming Pool will be open for the season this Saturday.  Hours of operation will be 1 to 5 PM and 6 to 8 PM, daily (weather permitting).  COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place.  The number of patrons allowed in at any one time will be limited to assist with physical distancing.  Please respect all rules and be courteous to staff.

Dupont Splash Pad is Open!

Published: 07/10/2020 12:35 PM

The Dupont Splash Pad is open for the season, beginning today.  Come have fun and cool off under the water features.  Hours of operation are 11 am to 7 pm, seven days per week.  COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place.  The number of patrons allowed in at any one time will be limited to assist with physical distancing.  Please respect all rules and be courteous to staff.

Crystal Lake Beach is Open!

Published: 07/08/2020 12:10 PM

Crystal Lake Beach is open once again to the public, beginning today.  Hours of operation for the season are 12 pm to 8 pm, seven days per week.  COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place.  The number of patrons allowed in the park at any one time will be limited to assist with physical distancing.  Please respect all rules and be courteous to staff.

Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Soccer Mini-Pitches to Reopen

Published: 06/12/2020 2:31 PM

Parks & Rec is announcing that all playground structures, basketball courts, soccer mini-pitches and the Derryfield Fit Lot will reopen by next Friday, June 19.  New signage will begin going up next week advising users of safety guidelines. These will include best practices to minimize virus transmission, and a prohibition on use for those with COVID-19 symptoms or those recently in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.  For the most up-to-date status on parks facilities and programming, always visit www.manchesternh.gov/parks.

Parks and Rec Open Letter to Community

Published: 05/22/2020 1:43 PM

Parks and Rec Open Letter to Community

Please read our Open Letter to the Community as a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement regarding Parks & Rec special rules, closures and cancellations for Summer 2020.  Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

Parks and Rec Announces 2020 Summer Rules and Regulations

Published: 05/21/2020

Parks & Rec Announces Summer 2020 Rules and Regulations

In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks & Recreation Division is announcing special rules, closures and cancellations for Summer 2020.  Please take note of the guidelines and restrictions in place.  We encourage you to enjoy our parks, but ask that you do so safely and with consideration for others.  Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time.

Physical Distancing in Parks Reminder

Published: 04/23/2020

With April school vacation starting next week, we encourage fresh air and exercise but want to remind everyone to please continue practicing physical distancing at our parks, green spaces, and trails. 

While our parks remain open, our hard courts, disc golf courses, the Derryfield Golf Course and playgrounds are all still CLOSED. 

Again, please be courteous to everyone and practice physical distancing when enjoying our parks.


Recreation Directory

Published: 04/15/2020

Manchester Parks and Recreation is looking out for you! 

With the “Stay at Home” order in effect in New Hampshire until at least May 4th, we have compiled some resources for you!  Stay healthy and we hope you can find some something that piques your interest.  If you have any amazing suggestions or activities that have you kept busy, please share your ideas by filling out the Google form below.

Click here for Suggestion Form:


As always please remember to follow the CDC social distancing standards when recreating. Click here for the current recommendations:


Tips for working from home


COVID-19 Info from Aspen Institute 

Tips for College Graduates

Graduates guide to getting hired 

Online job search guide 

Remote work employment guide 

Exercise from home




Exercise for all ages 

U.S. Soccer Foundation Resource Guide 

Emotional Connection

While social distancing is key to flattening the curve, it can take a toll on one's mental health. Here are some activities and practices to help maintain your emotional well-being:


Support a local restaurant by ordering takeout or buying a gift card. 

Here is a list of local restaurants:


Remote Learning Tips

Remote learning during this time can be challenging for children and their parents. 

Here are some tips to help you make it through.

-Create a visible schedule. Creating a routine will help with consistency.

-Use rewards and incentives to help them complete their schoolwork.

-Talk to other parents.  We are all in this together.  Someone else may have the answers you are looking for.

-Lastly, do not get discouraged.  There is a learning curve for everyone. Kids are often soaking up information even when you don’t think so!


Explore the World

Take a virtual field trip

Free printable coloring pages

Science experiments for kids

125 things to do during quarantine

YouTube - Cook With Me playlist

12 I-Spy Game Printables 

Parent Digital Facebook Page 
Parent Digital is designed for all parents to gain easy to follow educational programs and parenting ideas for you to do at home.

USTA Tennis at Home 

Cooking activities with kids 

Around the World Flight Adventure 

Cooking Healthy Snacks for Kids 

Transforming Public Spaces into Beautiful Places VIRTUALLY

7 days of Play Facebook 
Play ideas and crafts for kids 



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