Turn over a new leaf this spring and volunteer with Parks & Rec!

Spring is here!  Our favorite time of year!  If you’re anything like us, you’ve been gazing out the window longing to put those new golf clubs to use, or improve your mile time with that new pair of sneakers.  Either way, Parks & Rec is working hard to prepare for the spring season!  We’re receiving a lot of calls from groups and individuals about volunteering in our parks to assist with the cleanup.  We want you to know that there are many ways to volunteer in our Parks, and spring is a great time to get started.  Take a look below to determine what best suits your schedule and give us a ring to get started!

If you (or your group):
Can commit one day per month,
Consider the Adopt-A-Site program.  Our Adopt-A-Site program allows residents and organizations to lend a hand in their neighborhood park by raking, weeding, picking up litter, reporting vandalism and broken equipment, spreading mulch and if you’re feeling particularly springy, planting some annuals in our flower beds.  Sign up today!
Can commit just one day,
Consider joining in one of the many upcoming clean-up days in our parks.  Just show up in your waterproof boots, clothes you no longer care about, and your gardening gloves and get ready to get dirty!  See our list of organized cleanups below and pick one (or more) that suits your schedule.
Have a particular project in mind,
Contact us!  We’d love to hear about it!

Manchester Urban Ponds Restoration Program (MUPRP) Cleanup Schedule (Rain or Shine):
Saturday, April 20: 9-11am

Black Brook/Blodget Park
Meet at 8:45am at the Front Street Parking Lot
Saturday, April 27: 9-11am

Stevens Pond/Stevens Pond Park
Meet at 8:45am at boat launch on Bridge Street Extension
Saturday, May 4: 9am-12pm

Nutts Pond/Precourt Park
Meet at 8:45am at kiosk at Precourt Park on Driving Park Road
Saturday, May 4: 9am-12pm (sponsored by the Crystal Lake Preservation Association)

Crystal Lake
Meet at 8:45am at the kiosk at Crystal Lake Beach on Bodwell Road
Wednesday, June 5: 8:30am-12pm (sponsored by the New Hampshire Rivers Council)

McQuesten Pond/Wolfe Park
Meet at 8:15am at Wolfe Park Kiosk on Harvell Street

Happy Spring,
Your Friends at Parks & Rec

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.