Parks and Rec


Welcome to the Parks, Recreation, and Arts Department! Here in Manchester we believe offering quality parks, programs, and events is vital to the health of the community. As such, we strive to provide the very best for residents of Manchester and nearby communities. We encourage you to visit our Aquatic Center, drop by a concert, join a class, pickup a game of disc golf, or just enjoy some time outside.  

Registration for our Spring & Summer programs begins February 25th!
Please feel free to browse our 2019 Spring Program Guide, which lists all of our events for either Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter, or check out the information below. We also offer online registration - click the button below to view our catalog of upcoming events and to register! 

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Eileen’s Retirement Party

Join the Manchester Parks, Recreation, and Arts Department as we say farewell and celebrate the wonderful work of our Director, Eileen Collins. Eileen has served the Manchester community for more than 30 years and has been a lifelong advocate for the importance of parks, recreation, and arts. Stop by to enjoy some refreshments, hear/share old stories, and to wish her luck on the next chapter of her life!

When: Friday, May 17th from 1-4 pm, Open House

Where: Manchester Parks, Recreation Building


Park Hours and Rules

All city parks are open from dawn until dusk with the exception of our courts in Schroeder Park, which are open until 10 pm.  

Facility Reservations

Manchester offers several options to reserve space in our parks. We have five pavilions, four fields, and indoor multipurpose rooms available. Please visit our Facility Rentals page for more information.

Community Events

The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a number of community events, including Manchester Homecoming, Halloween Festival, and Santa's Breakfast. These events have grown in popularity over the years, and an active and enthusiastic volunteer corps supplements city resources in making these events successful.

Manchester Aquatic Center

The Parks and Recreation Department also operates the Manchester Aquatic Center, a seasonal facility. The department offers a wide variety of activities at the facility, including swimming lessons, exercise classes, swim team, and special family events. The Manchester Aquatic Center is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.