Skip the Park, Take a Hike.
We know how important access to our Parks and Trails are to our community. We are committed to supporting safe use of our parks and trails during this outbreak and are asking residents to Skip the Park, & Take a Hike instead. Our community is fortunate enough to have roughly 109 miles of formal and informal trails.
Use these guides to find a number of great hiking and walking trails around Manchester.
Walk the Walk
The Recreation Division has created a WALKTHEWALK, a neighborhood sidewalk walking guide, highlighting urban hikes right in your neighborhood or one pretty close to yours. Choosing to hike your neighborhood (urban-style) is another safe alternative to getting your daily dose of exercise, sun and fresh air, besides it helps to more broadly space our community during this time of distancing and take some pressure off our larger parks and trail systems more notably now that Spring and Summer are just around the corner.
Our Parks Campaign
The goal of the campaign is to:
- Promote Manchester’s parks & greenspaces and the town’s commitment to leveraging funds to restore and improve these existing community assets;
- Draw a larger and more diverse group of residents and regional users to Manchester’s public spaces;
- Encourage a sense of ownership and stewardship among those using the parks;
- And position Manchester as a health and wellness oriented community in the eyes of existing and potential residents as well as potential investors.
This campaign recieved regional and national recognition for the work promoting stewardship and our great community asssets.
- 2017 Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Excellence Award
- 2018 3CMA Silver Circle Award for the Our Parks Promotional Campaign
- 2018 3CMA Savvy Award for the Our Parks Promotional Video
OurParks Award Winning Video
Click the link to watch the award winning OurParks "Take me to the Park" video.
Click the link to view a series of OurParks Artwork illustrated by Megan Williams.
Our Parks Special Programs/Locations
Yellow Bike & Scooter Program (Charter Oak Park)
Charter Oak Park hosts a bike and scooter sharing program which is available seasonally, Monday - Friday, 5:30-8:30 PM to residents and non-residents. (Riders under 18 years of age must have a consent & waiver form completed by a parent or guardian once per season).
OurParks Gear & Bike Shop (Charter Oak Park)
This onsite OurParks Gear and Bike Shop is located in the building formerly known as the Charter Oak warming hut. Open 5:30-8:30 PM summer weeknights, the shop stocks OurParks and town merchandise, including hoodies, hats, and shirts, as well as water, candy and rec supplies. The Shop serves as the headquarters for Charter Oak's Yellow Bike and Scooter Program, the OurParks Ambassador Program.
Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail (Union Pond Park)
The centerpiece of the revitalized Union Pond Park, this trail consists of eight fitness stations arranged around the 0.5 mile loop overlooking the 60-acre reservoir. The equipment ranges from simple (steps at varying heights, parallel bars, an overhead ladder) to intricate (including the Combi 2, a graduated workout space featuring an incline bench, push up bar, decline bench, horizontal ladder, and pull up station).