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Programs and Activities

Join organized activities or create your own

Classes | Day Camps | Special Programs | Sports | Volunteerism | Your Creation

We continue to assess the safety and viability of activities. Questions? Email us 

Parks & Rec partners with local organizations and sister City departments to provide a variety of recreation opportunities:


Children's Learning and Fun
A variety of kids classes offered by
Parks & Rec for free or at reduced cost

Sign your child up for arts & crafts, dance lessons, science and more.

  • Manchester residents
  • Summer and April school vacation
  • Classes and times to be announced
  • Registration March~August

See Calendar • Register  

FitLot® Fitness Program
 Made possible by support from 
Granite YMCA and AARP 

Flex your muscles with trained instructors at Derryfield Park.

  • Manchester residents, 18 yrs+
  • 9-week sessions, spring and fall
  • 3 classes per week
  • Registration begins in March

See Calendar • Register 

Day Camps

Fun In The Sun
Celebrating 50 years of Parks & Rec 
summer-time fun for Manchester kids!

Fill your child's days with games, swim lessons, arts, sports and more.

  • Manchester residents, ages 6~12
  • Six weeks, July~mid-August
  • Registration begins in April

See Calendar • Register 

Children's Stage Adventuresproduction,
with funding and support from Parks & Rec

Develop your child's acting chops. Watch campers perform a play.

  • Ages 6~16
  • February school vacation
  • Registration begins in January

See Calendar • Register 

Special Programs

Story Walks
Produced by Parks & Rec in partnership 
with the Manchester City Library

Take a walk in the park while your child learns to read. Pages of children's books are placed periodically along trails.

  • Spring, summer and fall
  • Locations vary

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Walk for Your Health
Scenic 2~4 mile walks through Manchester,
mapped and organized by Parks & Rec

Get your blood pumping in this Manchester tradition. *No Fall 2020 session due to COVID-19.*

  • Manchester residents, 18 yrs+
  • 10-week sessions, spring and fall
  • Registration March~October

See Calendar • Register 

An OYS production, with support from
Parks & Rec and local organizations

Let it snow! Fun activities abound during Winterfest.


League Play
Run by private organizations, with no-cost access
to Manchester fields provided by Parks & Rec

Play ball for a youth team with home field in Manchester:

Sam Carey Skills and Drills
Managed by Parks & Rec, with financial
support from the Rock On Foundation

Hone your technique with this clinic at Sheridan-Emmett courts.

  • Manchester residents entering school grades 3~8
  • 8 weeks, July and August
  • Registration begins in April

See Calendar • Register 

Saturday Basketball

When it's too cold outside, drop in for hoops at Beech Street School gym. Start delayed due to COVID-19.

  • Manchester residents, ages 7~18
  • December~March
  • No registration required

See Calendar  

3 on 3 | Free-throw Shooting
Basketball contests offered by 
Parks & Rec during Winterfest

Show off your skills at these indoor competitions during Winterfest.

  • Manchester residents only
  • Two divisions, grades 3~5 and 6~8

See Calendar  

League Play

Pray for some tree love as you compete at The Hollows in leagues run by Breakin' Chains 

League Play
Run by private organizations, with no-cost access
to Manchester fields provided by Parks & Rec

Own the gridiron with a youth team that calls Manchester home:

League/Tournament Play

Putt around the 18-hole municipal course at Derryfield Country Club

• Indoor and outdoor lessons
• Tournaments and leagues
• Full restaurant and bar

Clem Lemire Tournament
A Manchester tradition for over 40 years,
produced by Parks & Rec with support from MRYHA

Claim local bragging rights in this annual March hockey competition.

  • Two divisions, grades 3~5 and 6~8
  • Residents or Manchester school students (public and private)
  • Registration begins in January

See Calendar • Register 

League Play
Offered at the West Side Arena by the
Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association  

Take the ice for the Flames.

Stick and Puck
• September~March
• $7 per player
• Goalies play for free


See Calendar 


Learn to skate or perfect a figure eight at the JFK ColiseumContact the Southern NH Skating Club.

Public Skate
• September~March
• $3 children; $5 adults
• Skates for rent


See Calendar 

Skiing, Boarding and Tubing

There's snow telling how much fun you can have at McIntyre Ski Area

• Lessons
• Racing Leagues
• 9,000 square ft lodge

League Play

Get your kicks for a youth team with home field in Manchester:

League Play

Swing for the fences for a girls teams with home field in Manchester:

Children's Lessons
Made possible by a partnership between 
Parks & Rec and the NH Swim School 

Take the plunge at Livingston Pool.

  • July and August
  • Multiple skill levels

Competitive Swim

Join one of the local teams who swim at Raco-Theodore Pool in summer:​

Public Swim

Beat the heat during the summer at one of our aquatics facilities.

Tennnis in the Parks
Sponsored by Parks & Rec
and USTA New England

Serve up some fun with youth lessons taught by the USTA.

  • Manchester residents, ages 6~14
  • Spring, summer and fall
  • Registration March~September

See Calendar • Register 



Volunteer to adopt a site — park, trail, traffic circle or other amenity.

Pond Restoration
A partnership between dedicated volunteers
and the Environmental Protection Division

Donate your time and energy to the Urban Pond Restoration Program.

Your Creation

Plan your own activity!

Options for individual and group activities include:

  • Ball and Racket Sports
  • Biking and Hiking
  • Boating and Fishing
  • Golfing and Disc Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Ice Hockey/Skating
  • Skiing (downill and Nordic)
  • Swimming

To get started on your plan, explore our parks, trails and facilities.