Open Space & Recreation Committee

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Open Space & Recreation Seven Year Plan

 The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to update its open space and recreation plan, and we need your input! 

 The open space and recreation plan will guide Manchester’s decisions and investments to protect, maintain and improve open space, parks and recreational resources. Completing a plan will make Manchester eligible for state funds to acquire and improve conservation and recreation land. 

Which parks do you use often? What improvements would you like to see? Should Manchester acquire new open space parcels? Your survey answers to these questions and more will help the town identify opportunities for significant, long-term preservation and improvements that provide the greatest benefit to people who live, work and play in Manchester. 

2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan

Draft 2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan

We welcome all community members to provide input on the plan and project maps. Please download the Comment Matrix here to share questions or comments with MAPC staff. The deadline to submit comments is June 25.

Past Public Forums

May 26 Public Forum
Topic: Seven Year Plan Review

 May 26 Presentation

August 26, 2020

View a recording here

Upcoming Public Forum


Questions about the plan? Contact

Courtney Lewis

Regional Planner, MAPC at

Agendas & Minutes

Please view the most recent agendas and minutes.


  • Curtis Rising, At-Large, 2023
  • Helen Bethell, At-Large, 2024
  • Deb Friaze, Coastal Stream Team Rep, 2023
  • Olga Hayes, Co-chair, Parks & Rec Committee Rep, 2022
  • Steve Gang, Co-chair, Conservation Commission Rep, 2022
  • Sheila Linehan, At-Large, 2024
  • Al Centner, Interim Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Rep


The purpose of the Open Space and Recreation Committee is to shepherd through those actions which are identified in Manchester's Open Space and Recreation Plan, finalized in 2014. The committee convened its first meeting in June 2015 and has been working towards monitoring and completing these actions. 

Our current project is to improve trails and signage at Powder House Hill and promote its use by town residents. We expect the project to be completed by the end of May. A walk at Powder House Hill is scheduled for Sunday, 5/31 and will be sponsored by both the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust and the Open Space and Recreation Committee. Details of the walk will be announced soon.