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Programs and Activities

Manchester's geography, climate, facilities and cultural resources allow for four seasons of recreational enjoyment.

Go Have Fun!

There is a wide variety of recreational opportunities available in Manchester through Parks & Rec and its partner organizations.  For more information, read below and visit Manchester RecDesk.

Physical Activities

In Manchester, it's easy to enjoy exhilarating aerobic activities that suit your interests.  Recreational opportunities include biking, boating, downhill or cross-country skiing, ice skating, golfing or disc golfing, hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming, pickleball, tennis and horseback riding.

Learn more about the public parks, trails, and facilities that support these activities.

See below for organized team sports and leagues.

Camps and Classes

Parks & Rec offers youth camps and classes during the summer and other school vacations.

Fun In The Sun is a summer day camp from late July through mid-August for Manchester residents ages 6 - 12.  Campers enjoy playground games, swim lessons, free swim, and the opportunity to try new games and sports.

Targeted classes and skills camps are also offered.  Check out Manchester RecDesk for more information.

Athletic Leagues

Athletic leagues in Manchester are run by private organizations, but many of these are assisted in various ways by Parks & Rec.

Sports supported through public-private partnerships include baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer and softball.


In the summer, Parks & Rec offers the Sam Carey Summer Basketball Skills and Drills program through the support of the Rock On Foundation. This program takes place at Sheridan-Emmett Park (Green Street courts), lasts eight weeks, and is open to Manchester children entering grades 3 through 8.

When it's too cold to play outside, Parks & Rec offers Winter Basketball in the gym at Beech Street School.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are still assessing the viability of Winter Basketball and the Sam Carey program in 2020-21. 

Ice Hockey

Fun at Home

In our Covid-19 Recreation Directory, you will find dozens of activities you can do safely at home.

Expand Your Mind

Check out all the stimulating activities and intellectual pursuits available through the Manchester City Library!