Offices at The Park House, 340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center VT 05255
NOTICE: Effective July 30, 2016, Manchester Town parks (Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, The Factory Point Town Green and Adams Park) are smoke and tobacco free. Dogs are required to be leashed in all Town parks except inside the Dog Park at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.
The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, also known as the Rec. Park by local residents, was named in honor of Police Chief Dana L. Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty in 1972. The Park encompasses more than 88 acres, the newly erected Park House, 6 lane swimming pool, diving board and kiddie pool, three baseball diamonds, multipurpose athletic fields, three playgrounds for kids of all ages, one-mile walking path, a dog park that is owned and operated by the Manchester Dog Park (a not-for-profit organization), a skateboard park, outdoor basketball courts and three tennis courts. A trail in the northeast corner of the Park leads to Riley Rink and a trail in the southeast corner leads to Manchester Elementary-Middle School (MEMS) and downtown Manchester. Restrooms are available at the Park House. The Park is open daily until 10:00 PM and is located off of Bonnet Street (Route 30) on Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center.
The Park House is located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Built in 2013, this newly erected 4,500 square foot facility includes a 900 square foot Activity Room (complete with gas fireplace, kitchenette, tables and chairs for about 90 people, large screen high definition TV, blu-ray player, Wii, and sound system), vending machines, public Wi-Fi, first-aid room, bathrooms, changing rooms and showers, and houses the Parks and Recreation Department offices. The Activity Room is available for rent. For more details contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Park House address is 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center.
The Manchester swimming pool, located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, is open in the summer months, typically from the middle of June to just before Labor Day. The 6 lane swimming pool includes a diving board, smaller wading pool for younger children and an outdoor sound system. The pool is available for private parties. Public Wi-Fi is available. For more details about the pool, user fees and the pool schedule please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or email@example.com.
The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park includes several athletic fields, including Applejack Stadium, a championship quality regulation (up to 120 yards by 75 yards) soccer, football and lacrosse field complete with lighting, announcing booth, historic grandstand and food concessions. Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field are located just north of Applejack Field. Each field is 125 yards by 75 yards. The fields include benches and electronic scoreboards. Applejack Stadium, Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field use is by permit only; contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 to obtain a use permit.
The Dana L. Thompson Park also includes a softball field, two youth baseball fields and a baseball field. To learn more about the athletic fields at at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park click here.
Become a sponsor of Applejack Field. Call Heather Beaudry in the Office of the Town Manager at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Use of Applejack Field is by permit and for sporting events only. A fee of $400 for day events and $600 for evening (lighted) events applies. For more details contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or email@example.com.
Factory Point Town Green is located in the heart of Manchester on Depot Street near the intersection of Main Street. The nearby waterfall provides for perfect setting for sitting on the grass and enjoying the sun or throwing a frisbee with friends. The Town Green hosts two historic items, an local history interpretative marker and a marble monument from 1912 that was part of the original Center Bridge.
The stage in the Town Green, used in conjunction with the summer concerts series, was constructed by the Town’s Department of Public Works in 2014 using blocks of marble from the arch of Center Bridge that were removed during the rebuilding of the bridge in 2012 and 2013. The Town Green was donated to the Town of Manchester by the Manchester Conservation Commission and Town residents. Public Wi-Fi is available.
Adams Park, the smallest park, is named for long time resident Harry Adams. The Park is located at the intersection of Main Street and Center Hill Road, just north of the downtown area. Between June and October, on Thursdays between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Adams Park hosts the Manchester Farmers’ Market.
Use of Town parks is governed by Chapter IV of the Town Ordinances.
Manchester Historic Districts
The Town of Manchester has four distinct historic districts. The Manchester Center Historic District is located at the heart of Manchester on Main Street from Depot Street north to the former Quality Restaurant and includes the two new Roundabouts. The District includes locally owned businesses, shops and restaurants.
The North Manchester Center Historic District is located on Main Street from Memorial Avenue north on Main Street. This District includes restaurants, lodging, professional offices and residences.
The Manchester Depot Historic District includes portions of Elm Street and Highland Avenue off of Depot Street. The District includes a Town-owned public parking lot, constructed in 2010 with eighteen parking spaces and a bicycle rack. No overnight parking is allowed during the winter months. This District is a hidden gem, just off the beaten path and includes locally owned businesses, shops, handcrafted local food and residences.
The Bonnet Street Historic District is located on Bonnet Street, just off Main Street, and extends past School Street. This District includes professional offices, restaurants, shops and residences.
Read the 2008 Update of the Survey of Historic Sites and Structures, which includes details about the four historic districts, for more information. The Survey includes photographs of historic structures and maps of the historic districts.
Historic Sites, Markers and Monuments
The Factory Point Cemetery, located on the corner of Center Hill Road and Cemetery Avenue, is owned by the Town of Manchester. The Cemetery includes historic graves from before the Civil War. Burial plots are available for sale. Contact the Office of the Town Manager at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) for more information. The Cemetery is maintained by the Town’s Department of Public Works.
The Stone Valley Byway Interpretive Panel is located in Janacky Park, a small pocket park on historic Main Street. The marker was designed by the Stone Valley Byway Committee and installed in 2013 with the financial assistance of the State Agency of Transportation in 2013.
The Factory Point Town Green Interpretive Panel includes general information about Manchester history. The panel was design by the Manchester Historic Society and erected in 2011 with the financial and technical assistance of the National Park Service and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
The Depot Historic District Interpretive Panel is located at the corner of Highland Avenue and Elm Street. The panel was designed by the Manchester Historic Society and dedicated in November of 2013. The panel focuses on the historic Depot District, its architecture and development over time as well as the district’s history and importance to the Town and its economy.