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Parks Recreation and Cemetery Division

Who We Are

Parks, Recreation & Cemetery is one of four divisions comprising the Department of Public Works. The Division employs 43 full-time staff and 100+ seasonal employees (such as lifeguards, camp counselors, skate guards, etc.) for limited durations.

⇒ We maintain over 1,400 acres of municipal property across:

⇒ We oversee operations generating $3 million in municipal revenue at:

⇒ We provide recreational programs and activities for thousands of residents

⇒ We manage millions of dollars in Community Improvement Program funds for park, cemetery and school district capital projects

Our Mission

We create and manage spaces and programs that promote physical and mental health through exercise, relaxation, the arts, community events, connection to nature, and remembrance.

Our Vision

We envision 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

Our ValuesManchester Spirit logo

We share the core values of the City of Manchester and strive to: 

  • Provide exceptional SERVICE.  Be responsive, transparent, and efficient. 

  • Work with PRIDE.  Act professionally.  Apply best practices.  Continually improve.

  • Demonstrate INTEGRITY.  Be honest, trustworthy, and accountable.

  • Show RESPECT.  Treat everyone with dignity.  Embrace diversity.  Listen.

  • Take INITIATIVE.  Explore ideas.  Be resourceful.  Act.

  • Promote TEAMWORK.  Collaborate and build trust – among colleagues, across departments, with the public.

Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Commission

The Commission meets monthly in its role as an advisory board to the Division.  Members are nominated by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The Commission typically meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Department of Public Works, 475 Valley Street.


Parks & Recreation Ordinances

Cemetery Ordinances


Contact Information

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

475 Valley Street
Manchester, NH 03103

Get Directions

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

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