News from City Parks & Rec: Walk for health, be a lifeguard, new projects underway

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MANCHESTER, NH – Keep up with what’s new and on the horizon with City Parks & Rec Department’s April newsletter.


Walk for your Health is back with a new wrinkle!   The spring session begins on April 15 at Livingston Park.  Signups will take place at Livingston Park during the first walk.  Along with our original walking program we are adding a new option: Walk With Ease.  Walk With Ease is a structured walk led by a trained  instructor.  All walks, as well as the Walk With Ease program, begin at 9 a.m.  If there is inclement weather, the walks will be held at the Mall of New Hampshire (meet in food court).  There is an optional $3  donation that can be made to support the raffle prizes at the end of the session. For more information please contact Erik Bukowski at .


Know a teen/college student who qualifies?

We are accepting job applications for Recreation Specialist I & II for Fun in the Sun.  If you are at least 18 years old and are interested in working in our camp program for the summer, please fill out an application at  All completed applications can be dropped off at the  Human Resources office in City Hall.  We are also looking for Pool Checkers (Recreation Aides), Recreation Maintenance  Workers and especially LIFEGUARDS!  Email us at for more information.


St. Catherine of Siena team/Elementary School winners

The Clem Lemire Tournament is in the books!  We wanted to thank all of the volunteer coaches, parents, and MRYHA who continue to make this Manchester event possible.  We would like to congratulate St. Catherine of Siena School  and McLaughlin Middle School and for winning their respective divisions last Thursday at the West Side Arena.  With the SNHSC Skating Show this past weekend, the ice arena season is coming to an end.  Ice out is this week at JFK and next week at WSA.  We are already looking forward to next year!

McLaughlin team/Middle School winners


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New cement pads at two different parks indicate that not only has spring arrived, but also  improvements are on their way to a park near you.  Sweeney Park will be getting new benches along the wooden fence on Walker Street. The other picture shows one of four cement pads that are being put in Wagner Park for new trash receptacles.

Spring cleanups are starting at all of our green spaces, including the Pine Grove Cemetery and at the Derryfield Country Club.  The long awaited project of taking down the tree line by the 4th green, near the residence of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary is in progress.  We are looking for a much earlier start to play on this green, with the sunlight now hitting the turf.


Kevin Shepard, left and Cory Mansfield, new golf pro, making it official.

The Derryfield Country Club has a new golf pro!  Cory Mansfield was named as the DCC Golf Pro, coming to us from Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield, NH.  Cory has been meeting members at the Derryfield as he starts setting up merchandise in the Golf Shop, his new home away from home.  The Meet and Greet sponsored by The Derryfield Restaurant was a great success.  A large number of members stopped by to introduce themselves to Cory and his wife Jennifer.  We are all very excited for the season to start!  Memberships forms are available at the golf shop now.