MANCHESTER, CT — The town of Manchester has officially kicked off its Parks and Facilities Master Plan project. The Master Plan is designed to outline how to further develop future parks, trails, open space, and recreational areas “to meet the needs of the community while also investing in the town’s economic and cultural value.
“We are embarking on working with a consulting group to create a plan for our parks and public spaces for the future, whether that is tomorrow or 20 years down the road,” Director of Recreation, Family, and Leisure Chris Silver said. “We want to create a community that is more equitable and accessible than what we have now. So, representative engagement is especially important.”
Director of Planning and Economic Development Gary Anderson highlighted the range of benefits this Master Plan will bring to the town.
“Businesses and people looking for a place to call home are drawn to Manchester because they want to be in a place with a high quality of life and where there are exceptional public facilities as well as an engaged community and government,” he said. “Taking care of the parks and facilities builds community pride, which is an incentive for people to invest in their own neighborhoods.”
Kyle Shiel, the Senior Planner in the Planning Department, is the project manager of the Parks and Facilities Master Plan and is acting as a liaison between the consulting company, BerryDunn, and various Town departments. BerryDunn is a consulting firm that “uses deep experience and a commitment to knowledge sharing to help clients gain control of the challenges and opportunities that drive value,” town officials said.
Shiel said the town selected BerryDunn after seeing the firm’s work in Burlington, VT.
To learn more about the Parks & Facilities Master plan, receive updates, and share feedback, residents can visit yourvoicemattersmanchesterct.com.