Parks & Recreation

Welcome to the Manchester, Vermont Parks and Recreation.

The Town of Manchester and its Parks and Recreation Department provide comprehensive programs for all ages, community events like concerts and festivals, and maintain five parks, the largest of which is the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, also known as the Rec. Park by local residents.

The Park encompasses more than 95 acres, the recently built Park House, 6 lane swimming pool with diving board, three baseball diamonds, softball field, multipurpose athletic fields, three playgrounds for kids of all ages, one-mile walking path and 400m running track, a dog park, 6,000 square foot skatepark, three outdoor basketball courts (with lines for pickleball) and three tennis courts. 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.

Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for operation of Town-owned parks and recreation programs and activities. Day-to-day maintenance of parks was transferred to the Department of Public Works in 2008. The Parks and Recreation Department works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department Advisory Committee, which serves as the advisory committee to the Department, the Selectboard and Town Manager. For more information about programs, registration, facility reservations, and to make online payments visit the Department’s program and registration site.

For more information about our programs and facilities, explore our website, or click on the link below to register for programs and reserve facilities.